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When you think you’ve found the falls, keep going. The trail dead ends into the tallest falls! Cool hike!

Took my senior dog yesterday and the creek crossings were a bit more difficult than expected. I was able to hop on some rocks and keep my shoes from getting too wet but the water was up to my dogs chest and she was having a pretty hard time due to the water temp. After about a mile on an old forest road, we came to a fork in the trail and there was a sign pointing in the direction of "Pete's Branch Trail" and 2 other destinations. I figured Pete's Branch Trail was different than the falls. I also noticed red tree markings on the other path (where the Pete's Branch Trail" sign was located. So we took a left and gave up after about half a mile. We never noticed any blue tree markings. Still a nice day in the woods.

hiking
blowdown
rocky
10 days ago

Some trees are blown down. It is more than passable, very easy to go over the trees. The waterfall is beautiful.

The view at the end is absolutely beautiful.

Great trail and relatively easy to find. At the end of Martin's Creek Road is a gravel parking lot with room for about 4 vehicles. The forest road gate is closed currently, so I hiked up from the parking lot for an out-and-back total distance of 2.1 miles. I recommend using the AllTrails map to gauge where you are as you walk up the forest road. There are a few junctions or paths diverging from the forest road as you go up. Ignore these, and keep going until about 0.9 miles (starting from the gate) where you'll see a tree with a hollow, blue circle near its trunk. At this point, you can hear the falls off to the left. From there, its a brief descent down to Martin's Creek Falls.

hiking
1 month ago

Found this before any real info was on the net. I was just playing around on google earth and noticed a body of water on top the mountain near where I lived. For those who don’t know, you can also hike here from Clark’s creek. I’ll log the trail this summer. But, hiking up from lower Higgins is the shortest way. It was a rather fun venture. I wouldn’t recommend this hike for people with breathing issues or those who don’t have a lot of strength in their legs. Not for the random weekend hikers.

hiking
1 month ago

I grew up in these woods and I truly miss the days when this waterfall was still a secret. Glad some people have gotten to see it. Just remember to carry out what you carry in. Also, I have crossed many bear, large dog(wolf or coyote) tracks along many trails in these woods so be careful. I plan on making the hike again soon since we’ve had so much rain lately. The creek crossings, when the water is high, can be a hazard to those who don’t know the area well. If anyone has any questions about this location just ask.

Short hike, uphill, moderate but short, so easy, one creek crossing to the left, not too difficult. Huge fall. Beautiful! A little muddy but definitely worth going after these heavy rains!

hiking
1 month ago

Looks like nobody documented it the way we did it. We took a 6 mile 6.5 hour hike and enjoyed every minute of it. The difference is we made it a loop. After the lower N. Fork Falls, we came back down to the S. Fork and headed up. We crossed the South Fork about 1/4 mile past split of the trails going to N. and S. Fork. Then climbed the steep overgrown old road to nowhere. Once we passed the wide spot with the view we did a traverse and steep, very steep, scramble down, back to the North Fork. We took in the upper Sill Branch Falls, followed along stream left up another old road near the trib. Crossed the trib, continued to an Upper Upper Sill Branch Falls, and then headed up to reach an old lateral road below the ridge. Found a right hand fork - unmarked - which is the top of the South Fork trail, and the rest is a lovely walk back down along the stream. Overall, there was lots of bushwacking - not easy. There was plenty of water - good flow, great pictures.

Tough hike, but nothing too crazy. It gets very windy when you reach Big Bald, so bring some extra gear if you want to hang around in the top.

Great trail. In good condition. Easy to find falls, just take a left at the tree with the blue circle.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful hike. I believe that Sill Falls are very underrated.

The falls were AMAZING. The south trail gets extremely steep and kinda is a path to nowhere. But the scenery by the creek(s) is really nice. Several creek crossing on south trail. Some easier than others.

hiking
muddy
1 month ago

Great trail as usual, seems to have a few more muddy spots in it that were possibly created by horses. I did spot signs that showed a bobcat also likes to use the trail. Just went to the waterfall and went no further. Technically the trail continues further.

really a nice hike to get back there. I kept worrying about if we had passed it, but when you get there you'll know. The hike down to the base is tough if you're not as agile. steady incline the whole way.

The road getting back there is a little rough. I imagine it might be extremely difficult after a rain event once the road turns gravel. Once it goes though, it means you're close. easily accessible in a 4WD vehicle

I don’t know if it’s just my winter body talking, but I would not rate this as “easy.” Definitely more moderate, to strenuous at times. It is a good short trail, but it was rocky & wet, & I absolutely had to be focused on my footing the whole time, & strategic about it at some times. It was a beautiful short trail with a huge payoff, so with that factored in I guess some could call it easy, but I don’t think short necessarily equals easy. Like, I would not tackle this coming off hip or knee surgery or with heart problems, and small children would require assistance at a lot of points. Again this was with winter bod & in really muddy conditions, but this is probably the hardest “easy” rated trail I have done.
It’s in a narrow holler, so keep that in mind for daylight hours.
The hike down to the falls looks more intimidating than it actually is. It gets easier as you get closer to the bottom. Definitely worth going down.

hiking
blowdown
over grown
rocky
snow
1 month ago

Sill Branch Falls and Sill Branch South Fork up to Willards Hump Road. VERY steep near the top. Amazing area. Lots to explore off main trails onto old logging trails. Hunting possibilities. Got to see the waterfall about halfway frozen!

easy hike! just make sure to take a left at the tree with a blue circle and arrow in it to get to the falls!

Steady incline and steep down to falls so be careful. Beautiful!

Awesome place to hike. Look for bear tracks!

hiking
blowdown
muddy
off trail
over grown
rocky
snow
2 months ago

Was going for the Chigger Ridge view of Buckeye Falls but didn’t make it. Took the wrong turn and it was too cold and snowy to keep going. Up at the top, when joining back to the fire service road, need to make that right going down instead of going straight and up. Fun day. Snowed a half inch while I was out.

Very confusing trails.
Could not find the waterfall.
A bunch of areas that look like trails but couldn’t tell if they were actually trails or not.
No signs or markers anywhere that I could see.
Talked around for a good hour and a half trying to find the falls and could not. Tried googling instructions but could not find any.
My boyfriend has been and is going to take me back one day to see the falls. He also got lost when he went but ended up finding it.

Wish they would but some trail markers in.

Good little hike.
Got a little confused at first because the GOS didn’t take me all the way up to the correct parking area. I parked down near a gate with no trespassing signs. You can drive about 1/4 mile on up the gravel road to get to the correct parking area but if it has rained a lot then it will be very muddy, and could possibly get stuck if your in 2 wheel drive.

You will see a little wooden gate where the trail begins.
A lot of rocks, watch your step on this trail. Trail had a slight incline almost the entire way with the incline getting a little steeper near the end. A lot of mud and water today from heavy rainfall last night. The trail itself had turned into a water run off in some areas it was like walking through a very shallow creek. I had hiking boats on and still got my feet a little wet.

Highly recommend walking down to the base of the falls. You can get much better pictures from that angle.

Nice short hike. Waterfalls was larger than expected. Significant amount of running water on the trail but still easily navigated after much rain.

Awesome water fall, lots of water thanks to all the rain and snow recently. Moderate hike. I would recommend it to everyone and will be doing it again.

From lower Higgins Creek, mostly uphill and even more after the left fork. Pretty cool place though.

Easy short hike with not much along the way. NOT hard. Good photo spot.

Short easy hike. Do not go when water levels are low.

2 months ago

Challenging adventure hike. Avoid if you don't like to get dirty and wet!

Several beautiful falls along the way! Very rocky and steep throughout but definitely worth it! There are four places you have to cross the river. The water was very high when I went and the water was up to my knees at some points.

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