Falling Spring Falls
This, my friends, is Falling Spring Falls. I stumbled across this beautiful place one day while I was researching Lake Moomaw. I immediately was obsessed. I went through hundreds of blogs trying to figure out how to get there, how to get to the bottom, what it was like. I obsessed over pictures for months and months and months and finally, one day, I decided I was going to go see this place along with Lake Moomaw. We started our day at Lake Moomaw and hung out until around 12:00-12:30pm. We then started our 45 minute trek farther out to Falling Spring Falls. When we got there I was shaking (kind of embarrassing but hey, I can't help it). All I could say was "oh my gosh, oh my gosh, this is so beautiful, SO BEAUTIFUL." I'm not sure why I'm giving you all these details but it I guess it helps set the mood for the occasion. We went to the outlook first to see the view of the falls and the valley beyond it (second picture). We then snooped around to find the path down to the bottom. Basically from the parking area you go to the right where the black iron fence ends, walk past it and follow the well-beaten path back into the woods. You'll come across a barbwire fence that has been broken open- go through it. Almost immediately you'll come upon cascades and crystal-clear bright blue pools of water. The water is magical looking... like, stumbled into a fairytale and surprised it wasn't singing to me or something. There's even a rope swing. But basically just keep following the path down beside the river. You'll come out on top of the waterfall (last picture). From here, take a left and start climbing down the steep rocks to the bottom. My advice would be to stay towards the waterfall/cliff side which will be to your right. It's less steep and easier to navigate. I was literally in heaven. I mean- if you read this blog enough you know I'm nuts about waterfalls. Michael and I were both just smiling at each other we were both so happy. We got really lucky and there was another couple who offered to take pictures of us in the falls. We played (literally) around for awhile before we had to head back to Richmond. I even took the plunge into the pool at the base and swam around under the lower falls. I think the reason I fell in love with this waterfall so fast is because it's so easy to play in. For the most part the rocks are covered in a coarse moss that's not slippery at all which makes them perfect to climb around on. But that's not to say there aren't rocks that are slippery, take your time and be careful! We didn't even venture further down the river to some of the other beautiful little pools downstream. But honestly, the waterfall was enough for me... I was a happy girl. It was SUCH a long day but it was so worth it.
This fall I have a few exciting things happening! I don't want to give away too much butttt one of the things I will say is I'm excited for my blog to be featured in Life Fuels' blog! Check out their website here and their blog here. If you're a nut about staying hydrated as well as getting some essential daily doses of vitamins definitely check their site out. Additionally I'll be camping in October and reviewing some awesome new gear throughout the fall/winter hiking season.
Fall hiking season is officially upon us and it's probably no surprise that it's my favorite season to hike. I hope everyone else gets a chance to get outdoors :)