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Frolictown Falls

Don’t be alarmed by the orange-brown color of Frolictown Falls’ water—it’s natural, colored by the tannic acid in the local soil.

While not a scene-stealer on its own, this 15-foot waterfall, a nearly vertical drop from Frolictown Creek, makes for a great stop on the Great Wall Trail, or the path leading to Granny Burrell Falls and Wilderness Falls. It’s just one point in the constellation of spectacular Panthertown Valley sights.

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Hike Description

A map is highly recommended to hike in Panthertown Valley. Learn more here and get trailhead directions. Once at the Salt Rock trailhead:

You’ll descend on Panthertown Valley Trail (#474) from the gate for 0.3 mile to Salt Rock, which offers a wide-open view of the valley. Continue descending on the road. At 0.59 mile, you’ll reach a fork. The road to the left provides the easiest access to Granny Burrell Falls. Take the right fork onto Deep Gap Trail (#449). It follows a mostly level course for about 0.25 mile, then descends moderately to the ford of Frolictown Creek at 0.43 mile from the road fork. There are side paths on both sides of the road 20 yards before the ford. The path on the right leads to Wilderness Falls. The path on the left leads a few yards to the base of Frolictown Falls.

Trails and Waterfalls can be dangerous; take no chances, only photos for memories. Read our Safety and Insider tips to have a safe, fun and enjoyable trip to Jackson County.

Leave No Trace — Seven Principles

1. Plan Ahead and Prepare
2. Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
3. Dispose of Waste Properly
4. Leave What You Find
5. Minimize Campfire Impacts
6. Respect Wildlife
7. Be Considerate of Other Visitors

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