One of my favorite picnic areas is along the Elk River in Elk Park just above Elk River Falls or Big Falls as they are also called.. A few years back there weren't many signs directing folks to the falls so we stopped to ask a local man outside in his garden. He was happy to give us directions.. He also told us a colorful story of how one tourist just sat outside his home and blew the car horn for someone to come out. When the local man went out to see what the problem was - the tourists just wanted directions to the falls. Well, they got directions - a long round about route that sent them all the way around Hump Mountain and no where near the falls! Our guide roared with laughter at the thought of the rude tourists getting lost in the mountains. Served them right too.
The picnic tables line one side of the river above the falls and make for a lovely spot to eat. It is just a short walk down to the falls along the river - not difficult but a bit rugged for some people.
The falls drop 50-60 feet into a deep cool pool that is filled with swimmers in summer. They have had fatalities here - someone was swept over the falls this past summer. The current in the river above the falls is much stronger than it looks.
The river flows down a few more smaller cascades with a path along the river to view them. After heavy rains, the trails can be a bit washed out and muddy, especially if the river has risen up to them.
|View above the falls.|