Visiting Round Island Run Falls 12.17.2014
I made what was likely my last trek to Round Island Run Falls (Sproul State Forest, Clinton County) for the winter yesterday. I had a suspicion that the combination of overnight rain and snow melt the night before would yield picturesque conditions on Round Island Run, and I was not disappointed.
On this trip I was joined by my friend Steve Rubano, for whom this was his first trip to these waterfalls. We took Steve's 4x4 truck which was a wise call, given the condition of the "no winter maintenance" state forest access roads. A lot of slush, mud, and ruts were awaiting us, but we made our way to the parking area for the falls without major incident. I've written about how to get to Round Island Run Falls before; if you want GPS coordinates, maps, and turn-by-turn directions you can view those on my previous post HERE.
The gorge where Round Island Run Falls is located still had a relatively lush look to it, given the cold temps we've already experienced in late November/early December. The flow was high and the snow flurries were flying for a good portion of the time we spent photographing the falls.
We explored the up-close and downstream views, as well as the perch behind the upper tier of the waterfalls. Given the snow flurries, this was probably the driest spot in the valley while we were there.
After spending a good hour or so at the falls, we did some exploring downstream as well as on one of the feeder streams to Round Island Run. But with the winter solstice a week away and daylight fading rapidly, we had to wrap things up and hike back out to the truck around 2:30 pm. All in all a terrific day exploring in the woods, and I 'm glad the conditions were so nice for Steve's first visit there.
You can check out some HD video footage from our trip yesterday below, to get a sense for the sights and sounds that await you should you chose to make the trek.
Until next time, happy hiking!