Thursday, July 28, 2022
We left Pennsylvania behind and are now working our way toward Vermont. We planned a two day stop in south central New York to visit with our friends, Ginny and Eric. We have a big day planned with them on Friday, but today we were on our own. One of our favorite places in this neck of the woods is Ommegang Brewery outside of Cooperstown. We knew there would be lunch and beer tasting in our future, so we wanted to work up a real appetite. Because of the recent extreme heat, we looked for a nice woodland hike with a waterfall. We found the Robert V. Riddell State Park perfectly situated at the exit for Cooperstown. A few miles of hiking would lead us to a picturesque waterfall.
We arrived at the trailhead just as two local women were finishing their hike. They asked if we had hiked here before and we told them it was our first time. Lucky for us, they knew there was no longer a trail sign for the turnoff to the waterfall trail, but they had placed pink tape on the trees marking the turn. We thanked them for the trail info and prepared to enter the woods.
The All Trails description of the hike mentioned that it was lightly used. Other than the two women we met at the trailhead, we had the woods to ourselves.
We hiked in about a mile and a half and found the side trail with the pink ribbons. Below, Kathy marks a waypoint on the GPS to make sure we find our way back out of the woods.
Not to worry, the rest of the trail was well signed. Below, at a later junction, David points the way to the waterfall.
Pictured below is the image of the waterfall from the park website.
Rather than a raging torrent, we found a secret garden with the gentlest of rivulets trickling down the mountainside:
Here is a look at the trickling falls in action. While the hike to the falls was less than two miles, it was mostly uphill. Kathy enjoyed a much needed break from the heat.
Our grandson would be particularly disappointed if we didn't include at least one "fun guy" photo in our blog. We felt he would appreciate this specimen, although it might not be rated PG: