“A peaceful hike through reclaimed farmlands, ending at stunning views of Sandstone Falls.”
— Hunter R
Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views · Waterfall
This hike's gentle grades, manageable length, and spectacular views make it a wonderful option for families with children.
The Sandstone Falls Loop is a short, scenic loop through historic farmland that ends at viewpoints of the dazzling Sandstone Falls
Need to Know
Be sure to bring your camera on this hike, as Sandstone Falls
provides wonderful photo opportunities.
From the Sandstone Falls Boardwalk Parking Area, hike along the path a few hundred meters before reaching a junction with the Island Loop Trail
. Head north along the Island Loop Trail
, traveling clockwise through farmlands undergoing a natural transition back to woodlands.
Upon reaching the junction with the Sandstone Falls Boardwalk
, head south across a wooden bridge onto an island situated in the middle of the New River. Follow the boardwalk to its end, at which point visitors can expect fantastic views of Sandstone Falls
After enjoying the falls, return along the boardwalk to the junction with the Island Loop Trail
, heading west to return to the parking area.
History & Background
The area along the Island Loop Trail
was originally cut from the surrounding forest to be used as both pasture for livestock and fields for cultivating crops. However, after farming ending on this property, nearby forests began to reclaim this area. Today, reclamation is ongoing, and will continue until the forest reaches maturity.