ADVISORY UPDATE 6/26/17: The Water level is continuing to slowly go down. The gorge area of the Park is open. People can hike to the base of the Waterfall and swim if they chose to. There may be a couple of restricted areas at the base of the Falls for everyone's safety.
This section of the Blackburn Fork Scenic River is too shallow for boating, however, the river provides decent wade and bank fishing for bass and Bluegill
Trail routes to the gorge and base of the waterfall are rugged and steep with uneven terrain. They have significant elevation drops and include walking along the rocky riverbed. Natural trail surfaces are varied and include water crossings, boulders and other obstacles. These are not improved trails.
Trails and rocks at the waterfall and gorge area are often slippery, so wear sturdy shoes and remember safety first. Keep in mind the weather when planning your visit. Sudden heavy rainfalls can result in flash floods and streams can become very dangerous.
The gorge area of the park is a natural feature unaltered by man, as is most of the park. Therefore, there are inherent hazards. While very beautiful, this is a rugged area.
- The hike to the gorge is not an improved trail. This is an adventurous hike and is not suitable for small children.
- USCG approved life jackets are advised if you plan to get in the water below the falls. While some life jackets are available at the park, we recommend bringing your own.
- The less you take to the bottom of the waterfall the better. It is best to limit belongings to items that will fit in a small back pack.
- Keep your hands free.
- Wear sturdy shoes. Flipflops are not recommended.
- Rather than try to take a picnic to the gorge area, plan to eat in the designated picnic area and just take snacks and water to the gorge.
- Alcoholic beverages are not allowed in the park.
- Coolers are not allowed in the gorge.
- Pool floats are not allowed in the plunge pool.
Waterfall Overlook Trail — 0.4 Miles — Natural Surface — Moderate
Shortcut to Downstream — 1.0 Miles — Natural Surface — Moderate
Downstream Trail — 1.5 Miles — Natural Surface — Difficult
Upstream Trail — 0.5 Miles — Natural Surface — Moderate
The park’s picnic area is located across the road from the parking lot. The area has several tables scattered around the old Cummins Family home site that are shaded from the sun. The picnic area is considered primitive - the ground is not level and there are no grills or trash cans so please pack out what you bring in. Although not formally landscaped, the old home site provides a particularly scenic backdrop in the spring when the daffodils are in bloom.