The steps actually bring you down to the right side of the waterfall. Unfortunately, there were too many trees and people, so Lucas and I got the bright idea to cross the river. That big waterfall drops a lot of water, obviously, so we hiked a good way down the river to find somewhere we could cross...with a lot of expensive camera equipment. We got a little wet (we did, not the camera), but we did it!
As I was skipping across and climbing over rocks along the uninhabited side of the river, I started merrily singing, "Snakes, snakes, come out and play"...until I hopped right over one. Fortunately I didn't see its face, I saw its body slithering between rocks though! I screamed and ran, then paused for .2 seconds when I realized Lucas was behind me and I had to warn him. He had already stopped, of course, due to my super girly reaction. Later he said he thought it was a copperhead. Great. After that, he was my look out so nothing could sneak up on me while taking pictures.
The river drops almost 300' in that short 3/4 miles. The waterfalls are 20' cascades, 30' upper falls, 80' middle falls, and 136' lower falls in height.
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