“Enjoy a creekside trail through a dense redwood forest.”
— Joan Pendleton
South Fork Trail starts along Fall Creek Trail
, about a mile from the parking area. After crossing a sturdy bridge over the South Fork of Fall Creek on Fall Creek Trail
, there is an unmarked trail junction. Go left after crossing this bridge to turn onto South Fork Trail. To continue on Fall Creek Trail
, go right after crossing this bridge.
South Fork Trail follows the South Fork of Fall Creek upstream. The babbling creek is nearby to the left of the trail. The redwood forest is dense with lush vegetation, especially along the creek. The forested hillsides of the creek valley rise steeply. South Fork Trail ends at Cape Horn Trail
, after about 0.4 miles.
Just before South Fork Trail ends, it passes ruins of the old lime kilns to the left of the trail. Limestone was plentiful in this area, and the kilns were used to process the limestone into lime up until the early 1900s. Redwood trees were used to fire the kilns. The modern day, thick, second-growth redwood forest here is a testament to the resilience of nature.
Flora & Fauna
Redwood trees and other dense vegetation abound in this area.