The snow and ice continues to linger on the trails, especially in shaded areas. They can be very slippery. Good boots and hiking poles suggested. Both trails will take us through a forested section that offers different hardwood species and rhododendron minus. The trail starts out up an old forest rd. to an open field. From there the trail turns into single track for the most part. There are sections of these trails that will be a steady climb. Nothing to worry about – the loop is only 4 miles and is rated easy to moderate. At one point we’ll cross Staton Rd to pick up Pine Tree Tr which will wind around through the woods and ends back at Cascade Lake Rd.
Afterwards, we can drive about 1/10 mile further down the gravel rd. to a waterfall called Merry’s Falls.
Two maps below one with trail names one with your path.
GPS the trailhead at Cascade Lake Road: 35.184403281478296, -82.64518065214818 for driving directions.