As I contemplated on getting housework done or go hiking, I get an email that says the Rock Bridge Road was OPEN! So that settled that! I grabbed my backpack and put all the day-hike goodies in while my husband got Ranger, the puppy, all hooked up. And then we were off!
We decided to drive around to the other side of the picnic area and start the loop trail there. Now that we did it, though, I would suggest starting on the other side and go DOWN all those steps instead of having to come UP them. Shew! I forgot all about those stairs.
This trail is actually paved, but very worn. It makes for easy walking, but in some areas the edges are pretty rough. So be cautious and hopefully you won't twist an ankle.
Whatever side you decide to start from, you will see some beautiful views of the gorge.
The trail itself is very pretty. Even when the leaves are off, there is just a beauty to it.
As we continued on the path, and the steps, we couldn't help but notice all the woodsy smells and sounds. Then came the sound of the small but spectacular Creation Falls. This is also where you will find Rock Bridge. As the sign states, this is the only bridge that has water running under it. This makes for a wonderful spot for a picnic. When it gets warmer this is also a nice area to take those shoes off and wade around in the shallow, sparkling water.
This is a fairly easy trail but with the many, many steps/stairs I decided to label it moderate. Now, if you are wanting to only see the falls and the bridge, go to the other entrance, around to the other side of the parking area. This is the shorter, quicker path. Either way, just take your time and enjoy the sites all around you. God's beautiful creation is amazing! Hiking season is right around the corner! Get that camera ready and choose to get outdoors more this year! Have fun and be safe!
'Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.' - John Muir