Birding · River/Creek · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife
This is a great workout with a tremendous payoff. You start hiking on Raven Cliff Falls Trail #11
(easy) to Dismal Trail #12
. Follow the Dismal Trail to its end, hiking down over 2,000 feet in elevation. Then take a right onto the Naturaland Trust Trail #14
(strenuous) crossing over Matthews Creek at the bottom then beginning your ascent of over 2,000 feet in elevation.
Along the way, there is a great break spot on a ledge (see photo) and the Cathedral formation (also see photo). This section is very steep. We crossed Matthews Creek above the falls on a suspension bridge then took a right on the Gum Gap/Foothills Trail
all the way back to Raven Cliff Falls Trail #11
and eventually the parking lot.
This hike is outstanding; you should definitely experience it for yourself. Be prepared, as with either direction this is a hard hike with a well-earned payoff.
Flora & Fauna
Rhododendrons, mountain laurels, oaks, maples and poplars, Several species of birds,
Shared By: Gary Roberson
by Glint Gossamer
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