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Blue Hen Falls Trail

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Length


1.2 Miles 2.0 Kilometers


146' 44 m

Ascent

-147' -45 m

Descent

4%

Avg Grade (3°)

13%

Max Grade (7°)

879' 268 m

High

732' 223 m

Low

Shared By Scho Wolers

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An out-and-back trail that follows a creek between two waterfalls.

Scho Wolers

Dogs Leashed

Features River/Creek · Waterfall

Family Friendly The trail itself is relatively easy, but children will love the waterfalls (especially Blue Hen, which is easier to get close to).

Overview

This route may be short, but what it lacks in distance, it makes up for with great scenery. Featuring not one, but two fantastic waterfalls, this short route will give visitors a great "bang for their buck," especially those visitors looking to see some of the Park's best features on a limited timescale.

Description

From the parking area at the trailhead, follow the route until the bridge, immediately after which the trail goes to the right (left follows the Buckeye Trail). Shortly after the bridge, the trail will pass Blue Hen Falls, one of the more scenic and well-known falls in the region.

Although the area is heavily wooded, minimal elevation change makes the trail quite doable for groups with children. However, recent flood damage has made the trail easy to lose in certain spots. After an easy crossing (the creek never gets deeper than a 1/2 foot or so), the trail will terminate at the foot of Buttermilk Falls, a less-renowned but much taller waterfall than Blue Hen. For the most impressive views of the falls, go right after heavy rainfall!

Flora & Fauna

The dense forest consists of a variety of old growth tree varieties.

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Feb 2, 2019
Emily Zych
Jan 31, 2019
Todd Hartong
Hiked in the frozen river bed and trail. Gorgeous ice formations throughout. Parking lot was frozen and maybe should have parked across the street.
Oct 24, 2018
Todd Hartong
Great hike along riverbed to Buttermilk Falls. Parts of the trail have been eroded. Frozen riverbed is fantastic. 2.4mi
Oct 23, 2018
Mary Frazier
Oct 21, 2018
Zach Wozniak
Did not go to Buttermilk Falls, finished at Blue Hen Falls 1.2mi
Oct 13, 2018
Emily B
Beautiful hike — starts at a waterfall and ends at a waterfall. Absolutely worth it to go to the end and see Buttermilk Falls!! 1.9mi
Oct 5, 2018
Amanda Rajek Torres
Sep 16, 2018
Kelli Baxstrom

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