Parking location: 35.89291, -93.19023, 2045 feet
Turn on trail: 35.89332, -93.19416, 2010 feet
Fern Falls: 35.89748, -93.19249, 1851 feet
Pet friendly: Yes. Easy open trail, with bypasses around downed trees and obstacles. As always, be careful around the top of the waterfall.
Motorcycle friendly: Yes. Just pull off Hwy 7 and park.
GPS track file for Fern Falls Hike (.gpx format)
|Fern Falls (42')|
After you veer right onto the trail going down along the creek, it is still a well defined trail. That being said, someone wanted to make really sure you stayed on the right trail and blazed it with red trail ribbon on trees all the way down. Where the trees had fallen on the old logging road, they were especially careful to blaze every few feet along the trail bypassing the downed trees. The hike to the falls was very nice. Everything was getting fully greened up for springtime, and the dogwoods were in full bloom along the way. Having been here before, we didn't even waste time at the top of the falls. You can't really see anything from the top, and the best place to cross the creek is about 40 feet upstream where even a short person can rock hop.
|Dogwoods Along The Trail|
This was the second on our "go back and see these waterfalls after a good rain" list, and it did not disappoint. Fern Falls looked spectacular today. As with all the waterfalls we visit, photos and videos are really a poor substitute to being there. My GPS track showed it to be only 0.62 miles each way, and it is a very easy hike. The trail is well defined with a very easy gradient, dropping less than 200 feet over the length of the trail. Fern Falls also goes onto our quick hit list of hikes we can take even with friends and family that are novice hikers. We'll be back!