"The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in
its net of wonder forever."—Jacques Cousteau

June 21, 2017

June 20 - Lucifer Falls

Allan H. Treman State Marine Park

"The only value we have as human beings is the risks we're willing to take." ―Earnest Hemingway
We woke to a beautiful day, so after breakfast on the flybridge, we decided to pack a lunch and head to Robert H.Terman State Park. We parked in the lower section of the park and took the Gorge Trail 2.25 miles up to Lucifer Falls and the old grits mill. Along the way we passed 12 waterfalls, including the magnificent Lucifer Falls that cascades beside a stone staircase and down 115 feet of rock face. The paved trail and stonewalls along the Gorge Trail were built between 1933 and 1942 by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC).

The trail follows Enfield Creek, giving many views of the rock formations in the deep, narrow gorge known as Enfield Glen. An old grits mill at the top of glen was built in 1839. A small settlement of Enfield Falls grew up around the mill in the 1800s. Artifacts from the settlement and mill are on display in the grist mill.  

After lunch we followed the Rim Trail back to the lower falls (2.25 miles). This trail led to a wonderful over look of Lucifer Falls, then to the Cliff Staircase (221 steps) that brought us to the bottom of the falls...wonderful views from both places. The trail then winds through the woods to the lower camp ground by Treman Falls (Lower Falls). A seasonal pool is at the bottom of this waterfall...it opens on Saturday. It's listed as one of the top 50 natural swimming holes in the Untied States. We'll explore that more as the summer warms up.
A few of the steps at the beginning of the hike
The Gorge Trail at Robert H. Treman State Park
Our first glimpse at Lucifer Falls
Part of the trail leading up to Lucifer Falls
Lucifer Falls
Above Lucifer Falls
The Old Grits Mill
The view of Lucifer Falls from the overlook
Part of the Cliff Staircase (221 steps) back to the creek 
The bottom of Lucifer Falls. Someone had built rock chairs...the pictures of the falls are the views from the chairs. We thought this was the best place in the park.
Part of the Rim Trail
A video of Lucifer Falls

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