Adams Falls Trail
Rt. 209 to Sproul Rd. 2 miles
Over the past few years the Park Service has refurbished some of the park trails
making them safer and more accessible. That applies to half of this trail, as the upper
half sometimes has no visible trail at all. For that reason if you intend to follow that
route, I would strongly recommend the use of two vehicles, and start at the top(Sproul
Rd.) and hike downhill to Rt. 209. I would also recommend taking advantage of the dry
seasons as part of the trail crosses the river and can be dangerous when the water is
About 1.2 miles North from intersection Rt. 739 on the left is a parking area for the
Adams Falls Rt.209 trailhead. Follow the trail South across a single railed log bridge
over Adams Creek and follow up steam. This offers a view of the open forest and after
the initial uphill march, tends to be an easy hike. Before you reach Adams Falls you will
come to a small waterfall that empties into a pool, follow the trail over a rocky section to
find Adams Falls just about several hundred feet beyond.
To follow the creek further requires a significant effort. Expect to have to climb rocky
areas and through thick brush along the right side of the creek. At this point most of the
Creek is inaccessible until the area near the Sproul Mill. At the mill there are two
options, cross the creek and follow the dirt road about 1/2 mile to Sproul Rd. Parking,
or turn around. Following the creek further is not recommended.
Sproul Rd. access
At the intersection of Routes739 & 209, follow Rt. 739 uphill for about 2 miles to Sproul
Rd on the right. Follow this road to the gate and park without blocking access to the
gate. On foot, follow the road to the Sproul Mill.
If you follow the creek upstream be prepared for a succession of difficult obstacles
including the absence of any visible trail, that will eventually lead you to Milford Rd.
near Spencer Rd.