September 17 - Hercules Glades Wilderness Area

I had in mind a hike for this morning that would put me on top of one of the pilot knobs in Hercules Glades in order to watch the sunrise. To get there before dawn was going to take about an hour of hiking in the dark, but that's no problem. Once I dropped down to the creek, though, I found water! I knew there would be some, because it had rained heavily earlier in the week, but this creek had enough water that the falls upstream were probably running. So I changed my plans and hiked instead into the falls on Long Creek - I'm glad I did.

Long creek has many nice places to visit, but these falls are probably the most popular. Normally, you're sure to see other hikers, but this morning I had them all to myself.

A view from the other direction...

And a leaf caught between some rocks a little further upstream...

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