“A big loop along with a couple side treks to see the waterfalls and explore the creek.”
— Talia Chaffee
Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Spring · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife
This loop is not too difficult for kids, and there are lots of chances for creek play.
The highlight of this hike is definitely the huge, beautiful waterfall and crystal clear creek. It is kid friendly!
Need to Know
We did see lots of poison ivy and poison sumac along the trail. Wear waterproof shoes if you really want to explore the creek and waterfall.
The hike utilizes some paved trail but it is mostly gravel. The trails are easy with a few steep/rocky intermediate areas but our kids (2.5 and 6.5) didn't have much trouble. Tanyard Creek has beautiful crystal clear water, and it is easy to access so it is great for kids that love to play in the water. Lots of fish, crawdads, snails, and waterbugs are sure to keep kids entertained. Keep an eye out for fossils on the boulders throughout the trail. We saw a blue heron and some blue-tailed skinks.
Flora & Fauna
Fish, crawdads, snails, lizards including beautiful blue-tailed skinks. Non-venomous snakes. Lots of birds. Wildflowers and a huge variety of trees.
History & Background
The cool stone bluffs were used for shelter by both farmers and before that, Native Americans. We saw two old foundations for abandoned homes. Lots of plaques with info on local plants and notable sites.
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