We passed the “bottom” part of the falls and saw that the trail from parking —> falls on the left was “ closed”. Falls were beautiful, took our obligatory photos and went up the stairs. Trail to the right was closed— trail to the left (rough, earthy, unpaved) had no sign indicating so— so we went for it.

If I am commenting on the proper trail— this part was AWESOME for a beginner hiker trying to test their limits. Two trails alongside the cliff of the creek— we took the higher road. Immersed in nature- went to the end of the park where the main road made itself present and turned around. Tried to take a different trail on the way back & it soon became covered in leaves. Wet mud underneath. We slipped and we crawled and we made our way back feeling accomplished and invigorated. Will definitely be back with more supplies and sturdier sticks for stabbing the mud to pull ourselves up the hillside.