This hike features a vista and a glen with waterfalls. Trails, or forest roads, lead all the way to the top of the glen, but then an off trail hike down the gorge is required to see the falls and cascades. This hike is located on SGL 36, on a plateau generally known as Barclay Mountain.
At the game commission road, it is best to park at the lower or top areas, which are really just places to pull off. The lower parking area can be reached by a car, and Bull Run Falls is nearby. The top parking area is at the gate and the road to it was in good shape, although a little steep in places. A vehicle with some ground clearance is a good idea. Just hike up the gated road to the top of the plateau. Turn right at the first, second, and third intersections. At the fourth, turn left and hike to a small meadow area. Here, the forest road ends, but continue straight onto an ATV trail as it descends and then turns left. You will soon reach a beautiful vista looking over the plateau escarpment, farms, hills, Mt. Pisgah and Armenia Mountain. You can see for over thirty miles.
Continue on the ATV trail as it descends and crosses an unnamed creek. Here, leave the trail and descend along the creek. It is very steep in places. Enjoy an assortment of waterfalls, cascades and bedrock glens. Some of the falls are twenty five feet tall. In Spring, expect to see many trilliums blooming. It is best to hike out on the west side of the creek. Retrace your steps back to your car.
For the map above, black is the game commission road, orange are the forest roads, yellow is the ATV trail and red is off trail. No trails are marked or blazed.
A nearby hike is the Lamoka Mountain Vista that you may want to include.
This hike is about 3.75 miles one way from the lower (first) parking area. Parking is at 41.678628, -76.542309 for the lower/first lot, or at 41.680715, -76.555526 for the top lot near the gate. The top of the waterfall gorge is at about 41.685427, -76.575632.
The waterfall gorge is a small creek and is likely dry in summer. As an approximate correlation, the USGS gauge on Towanda Creek should be at least 750 cfs for decent flow.