The Pinchot State Forest has grown to include thousands of acres between Montage Mountain and the Nesbitt Reservoir. Within this new state forest land is Rattlesnake Falls.
I parked off of Route 502 and the trail followed an old forest road above the Nesbitt Reservoir. Several other old grades intersected. The trail was level through a forest of hardwoods, pine, and hemlock. I saw the reservoir through the trees as it stretched off into the distance between rolling ridges. The trail soon entered a glen above Rattlesnake Creek. The falls appeared, and they were very beautiful. While only about fifteen feet high, there were encased in a chasm with overhanging ledges surrounding a deep pool. A large tree trunk was lodged into the pool. The water was clear, translucent. The chasm appeared like a deep fault in the forest floor, hiding the creek that flowed through it. Large pools and cascades were below the falls, adorned with swirling bubbles.
Above the falls were a series of pools, slides, and cascades that tumbled over slick bedrock. A wall of hand lain stone lined the other side of the creek, once a support for a bridge. Large pine trees soared into the sky as a carpet of needles covered the ground. Rattlesnake Creek was very scenic above the falls, lined with moss covered rocks.
I retraced my steps, leaving the glen and its falls. I walked down to the reservoir to take pictures of the glass-still water under warm, misty clouds, perfectly reflecting the trees and mountains.