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Sugar Creek Falls

A great setting for nature photographers, Sugar Creek Falls offers not one waterfall, but two.

Tumbling out of its eponymous creek, the steep cascade stands at 30 feet high. To the right of Sugar Creek Falls’ base, you can spot a second waterfall on Dryland Lauren Branch, making for a scenic, photo-friendly view.

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Hike Description

Follow the dirt road upstream. You’ll soon reach a fork. Go left. At 0.2 mile, the road fords the creek. Plan to get wet unless the water is low. From the ford, the road climbs 0.15 mile to a sharp left switchback. From here, leave the road and follow a faint path that leads upstream to the falls.


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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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  • Heed posted warning signs indicating danger and stay on established trails.
  • Never climb on or around waterfalls and never play in the water above a waterfall. Rocks can be slippery and it’s easy to lose your balance especially with bare feet. Currents near waterfalls can be extremely swift even in areas further upstream.
  • Never jump off waterfalls or dive into plunge pools at the base of waterfalls. Rocks and logs can be hidden beneath the surface of the water. Often waterfall pools have swirling water or currents that can drag and keep you underwater.
  • Even if you have seen other people enjoy playing around waterfalls, be aware they have been lucky to escape unharmed. Waterfalls are constantly changing with varying water flows and erosion of the rocks around them. The current from one place to the next may be faster than you anticipate and the arrangement of rocks or other debris such as logs in the plunge pool is ever changing.

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