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Posted by on Oct 13, 2014 in Road Trip Archive | 0 comments

Fall Foliage at Cole Run Falls

Fall foliage surrounding Cole Run Falls, Forbes State Forest, Somerset County, PA

I had a chance to visit Cole Run Falls this past Saturday morning (10.11.2014). The flow on Cole Run was quite low for this time of year, and the main falls themselves were not quite as impressive as they usually are. The real action on Cole Run that morning was about 200 yards downstream around what I have dubbed the Cave Falls (because they are flanked on either side by caves - see photos below). This 8-footer and the flow coming off of it cuts a narrow path through a wide swath of red, yellow and orange leaves downstream.

The Cave Falls on Cole Run aren't marked on any map, nor is there an official trail to them. However, if you proceed down the Cole Run Trail approx. 200 yards from Cole Run Falls, you will hear the Cave Falls below. By picking your way down the bank and working your way back up stream you will find them without too much difficulty.

Here is a map to the Cole Run Falls parking area, in case you are unfamiliar with these falls. Cole Run Falls are located less than 100 yards from the parking area (which is a well defined pull-off near bridge over Cole Run).


Fall foliage around Cole Run Falls (upper tier), Forbes State Forest, Somerset County, PA
Fall foliage around the Cave Falls on Cole Run, Forbes State Forest, Somerset County, PA
Fall foliage around the upper tier of the Cave Falls on Cole Run, Forbes State Forest, Somerset County, PA

After visiting Cole Run Falls I took a quick drive to neighboring Blue Hole Creek to see if the flow there was any better . At the Blue Hole itself (named so because they water has a distinct blue appearance to it when the sun hits it just right) I was able to capture some long exposure leaf swirl patterns in the water. This one (below)  was created using a 30 second exposure time, along with a circular polarizer and neutral density filter. Probably my favorite shot of the day - almost has a Milky Way appearance to it.

Leaf Swirl at the Blue Hole, Forbes State Forest, Somerset County, PA

Here is a map to the Blue Hole, should you choose to visit it yourself sometime. It is located just downstream from where Gary's Run spills into Blue Hole Creek. There is a well defined pull-off for parking along Blue Hole Road right next to it.


Cole Run Falls and Cave Falls on Cole Run - 10.11.2014.

 

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