Saturday, October 13, 2007

Hocking Hills: Cedar Falls

Someone needs to talk to the Hocking Hills tourism board about truth in advertising. Not only are there no ashes at Ash Cave, there are no cedars at Cedar Falls. Early European visitors to the area thought that the eastern hemlocks which abound here were cedar trees, and the name stuck.

In fact, there were no falls at Cedar Falls, either, which is supposed to be the "most abundant waterfall in the park." Usually, the tops of those large boulders are just barely visible above the surface of the water, tempting one to use them as stepping stones, but slippery enough to deter the wary.

The information sign proudly proclaims that "Queer Creek cascades down the face of the rock in a tremendous display of the power of water." Hah! The water was barely dripping.

"Hemlock Trickle" doesn't have the same ring to it.

In the spring of 1998, however, it was a different story. Flood waters tore through this peaceful valley, destroying all the bridges in the park with the exception of the old stone bridge at Old Man's Cave. When they rebuilt this particular bridge, they reused the original steel girders. It looks pretty straight, doesn't it?

Try it from this angle:
Now, that shows the awesome power of the force of water!

This tree was far enough up the slope to avoid being washed away that year, but in the future, who knows?

There are no major caves along the Cedar Falls section of the trail, but plenty of rocky overhangs.

Here we go up the path that leads us out of the gorge and up to the rim. Yes, Virginia, there is a path.

Between a rock and a hard place?

Just keep following that woman with the pink shirt ...

We really did squeeze through this tight place!

Wow, I can't believe we made it out alive!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thank you for taking us on this marvelous journey with you. We are enjoying every minute of it. Great pictures!