Glen Ellis Falls
Park in the official parking lot for Glen Ellis Falls, and then walk under the highway through a little stone tunnel at the edge of the lot. This will lead you to a well maintained path with guide rails (part of the Appalachian Trail), which follows the water downstream. You’ll see a small pool above the falls, and then there is a steep walk down many steps to get to the base of the falls. This hike is rated as “Moderate-Difficult” because the stairs are fairly strenuous.
The first waterfall is the largest and namesake of this area, it’s a fifty foot waterfall the pours into a very deep pool with clear green water. There are no signs prohibiting swimming, and the guardrail opens up to the water, but online they say swimming isn’t allowed in this pool. We did see a camp troop with lifeguard floatations swimming there though, so we aren’t really sure. It is only about a 5-7 minute hike to the base of the falls, though it might be crowded as the pool is only medium sized.
If you go a little further downstream, about 100 yards or so, there is a larger pool. The water here appears to be 5 ft deep or so, and the water is calm. If you travel another 100 yards past this, then there is another 15 ft waterfall that empties into a large pool, which is probably around 8 ft deep. The last pool is the least crowded, and boasts two waterfalls. Since we aren’t sure if swimming is allowed at this location, please use your own discretion or ask a local.
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