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Friday, September 26, 2014

High Falls Conservation Area(Columbia County)

Got away from work for a couple hours this morning and took advantage of a beautiful autumn day by visiting nearby High Falls Conservation Area in Philmont.  It was gorgeous even in the parking lot before I began my walk.
 The golden leaves dancing in the breeze above the fence.
It was a delight, strolling through the beautiful autumn woods.
 Many trees have already began to shed their leaves, littering the trail below.
 The Agawamuck creek adorned in fall reflections.
 The blue trail provides access to the water's edge. 
 Water levels are generally low this time of year, allowing you to get up close and personal with the creek.
 The trail follows along the babbling creek for a distance.
 At high water levels it is very tough to access the large pool at the base of High Falls, but I was able to rock hop over to a beautiful view due to the low water.
 High Falls, the highest waterfall in Columbia County, framed by beautiful fall colors.
Returned back on the blue trail, as it climbs back up the glen and meets the green trail. Couldn't have asked for better weather.  The sun was shining brightly as the clock neared noon.
 The canopy of maples bathed in sunlight and foliage.
 The green trail leads to a viewing area of High Falls from a higher perspective.  There is a picnic table and bench there as well, making this a pleasant spot to stop and linger.
 After finally leaving the overlook, I returned through the woods via the red marked trail. Really took my time, soaking up the beauty of my surroundings. 
 Unfortunately, the walk had to end eventually.  Crossing the footbridge on my way back to the car, with leaves crunching underfoot.
A very easy, pleasant 1.5 mile hike through the woods and along the creek.

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