Got a little confused, but enjoyed the proximity to the creek

Bridge over the creek along the Creekside Trail
Bridge over the creek along the Creekside Trail
User: plectrudis - 9/6/2021

Location: Commons Ford - Waterfall Trail

Rating: 3stars
Difficulty: 2point5stars  Solitude: 2stars
Miles Hiked: 2.20 Miles  Elapsed Time: N/A

Comments:

I never did find any trailhead at the park called "Waterfall Trail"--maybe they've changed the name?  So I first tried "Creekside Trail," (trailhead and parking at the red star on the map I posted) thinking maybe the waterfall was on the creek?  However, Creekside Trail goes downstream to its confluence with the Colorado--no waterfall here.  It's a short (~1.2mi round trip) hike, no steep bits, and plenty of shade.  There is also a meadow that's supposed to be good for birds.

Then I parked at the Prairie Trailhead, which is in the corner where the road makes an L (at the yellow star on my map).  There's no sign to guide you to the Waterfall Trail, but it's on the opposite side of the road from the Prairie.  Go up the lawn, past the empty house, and you'll see a trail going into the hilly scrub. That's the Waterfall Trail.  By my count, there were 2 huff-inducing hills and some gently wavy bits in between.  The waterfalls were both low, but nevertheless pretty, and as advertised, the second was more impressive. Again, this trail was mostly shady, which was very much welcome.

It was Labor Day morning, so there were more people than I would have liked, esp on the Creekside, but it wasn't mobbed or anything.  The humidity was _vile_, but I don't think that's the park's fault.



Log Photos
Creekside and Waterfall Trails
Bridge over the creek along the Creekside Trail
Baldcypress on the river
Area around Commons Ford - Waterfall Trail
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