Tue, March 11, 2014 • Sunny, and 68 ° F.
Little Stony Falls --- Northern Trailhead
Highlights: 24 foot high waterfall, scenic views of deep gorges, lush cove hardwood forest
Length: 1 mile round trip to the falls (or 3 miles from the parking area to the Hanging Rock trailhead.)
Difficulty: easy to moderate
Trailhead: To reach the Little Stony Falls trailhead from Dungannon, follow Rte 72 north for 7.7 miles, then turn left onto Retford Rd (Rte 664.) After 0.4 miles, take a slight left at Corder Town Rd/Quartertown Rd. Follow Corder Town Rd. for 0.8 miles, then turn left onto Forest Road (Rte 700). Follow Forest Rd. for 1.3 miles, then take a slight left onto Rte 701. The trailhead is at the end of the road. During the winter, Rte 700 is locked.
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Little Stony Trail was designated a National Recreation Trail because of its majesty and ease of access. From the northern trailhead, the falls is a short half mile walk down the trail.
A bridge across the top of the falls lets you stand immediately above the roaring water while a deep pool at the base of the falls tempts hikers to cool off on a hot summer's day. Mountain Laurel and Rhododendron bloom in summer, while spring flowers and fall colors also brighten your walk.
The more intrepid hiker can continue for three miles down the the gorge to the Hanging Rock trailhead, a hike described in more detail here. Little Stony Falls is also part of the 19.6 mile Chief Benge Scout Trail.