|Base of Franconia Falls
So much signage...
|Representative of the LW Trail up to the bridge over the East Branch of the Pemi
|Sections of the old railroad bed that are still intact along the trail
|View from the side of the trail of the East Branch of the Pemi
We walked as far as the second bridge, where the spur to Franconia Falls is on the left. That trail is more of a traditional nature trail - single file but not narrow, and some very minor rocks, roots, mud (at the moment) and incline. Apparently Franconia Falls is wicked popular in the summer and I can see why. It's super cool and for an attraction not immediately off a major route, it is very accessible. We spent a little time wandering the rocks and making it to the official end of the trail that Tybee did not wish to acknowledge!
|The signage continues... mostly about water safety at this kiosk
|Dog goes anywhere she wants til I ask her to do it on command!
|Top of the falls
|We scooted down the rocks for one more scenic river vista before turning around
|The dogs disagree
We were making such great time and the weather was so cooperative that we also took the spur for Black Pond on the way back. This one was evidently less popular and more of the narrow hiker's path one expects. Still, a pretty flat walk overall (some small, gentle ups and downs) and decent footing (ranging from easy to some roots and slick leaves to be cautious of, as well as mud at the moment). The view of the pond was very pretty and it felt cool to visit such an untouched body of water. Unlike Franconia Falls, there was no end of trail sign and I had to convince Ty that today wasn't the day to find the Black Pond Bushwhack!
|Ty stuck her nose in some leaves and this readily popped up
from among them. Cool find we left for the next hiker to see!
Trip Report: 4/23 Greenleaf Trail
|Our first official night of camping 2016!!
|River behind the campground