Thursday, July 29, 2010

Bridal Falls, Allegany NY

On Tuesday of this week, my H, Tall One, Young One and I went back into the Allegany State Park in southwestern New York to investigate the bottom half of the park. We drove thru the Quaker areas, but ended up back in the Red House area searching for something called, Bridal Falls.

They told us it wasn't a big deal, just some water coming down the side of a hill into a stream. How much water depends on whether it has rained recently or not. It was only a 1/4 mile trek from the roadway and so wasn't really even listed as one of the places to see.

The Ranger who welcomed us (and collected our $6 fee for the day) was the one who recommended we visit it. And so we searched. Eventually we found someone who told us to look for marker 62 and pull off onto the side of the road near it, then follow the path back. We did.

We headed back on the little path, and sure enough, found a beautiful little glen,

where the water cascaded down the shale hillside into a little stream. We had lucked out. Over the weekend there were storms with lots of rain in this area. In fact a couple tornado's had caused some damage in the next county over.

We spent about a half hour just walking around, taking pictures and enjoying the silence of the wooded glen - where only the sound of the water could be heard. It was wonderful. This picture below shows Tall One (red shirt) sitting across from the falls. You see how tiny he is in the glen.

Like the pictures I posted yesterday from Thunder Rock, (click link) or from Stone Tower (click link) these really do not do the majesty of the area any justice. But they give you a little taste - and perhaps if you are ever inclined, you might just visit this wonderful park in New York State.

It is a forest. Dead trees decaying, new trees growing, ferns everywhere, peace and quiet abound.

Here is Young One standing by the 'falls'

Here are some of the rocks in the stream where the water moved thru

We had such a nice time as a family. Tall One got some great shots with his camera. I was so glad he was able to come with us. Young One even brought his little digital I got him for a conference he went to back in February. He got some pretty decent shots too.

We missed having Old One with us, but he works now and - well, that came first.

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Joyfull said...

Wow. These are breathtaking! So glad the water was flowing for you and you enjoyed some of this glorious beauty. Thank you for sharing with us!

Kerri said...

It looks like a LOVELY place to visit!

Jamie~ said...

Oh my goodness! You mean places like this actually exist? I live in the Phoenix area, so at times I doubt that there are trees and water left.

What a fantastic place to visit!

Stopping by from Just for the Joy of It.

Adrienne in Ohio said...

What beautiful views! I could sit at the base of those falls for hours and just ponder God's goodness. Thank you for sharing this with us!

Adrienne in Ohio said...

P.s. I love the new header photo. Is that a mallow of some kind? It's such a delicate pink!

Jane said...

These are very gorgeous pictures. I enjoyed your blog and will be back to visit again soon,


The mad woman behind the blog said...

Oh these are so GORGEOUS. They remind me on my hikes with my grandmother in the Smoky Mountains.

Thank you!

Betsy from Tennessee said...

This place is so neat... I love being back in the woods like that... Some of the small waterfalls are our favorites... I could sit and just relax by a waterfall like that forever!!!!!

Beautiful pictures.

Raise Them Up said...

These are just beautiful pictures! When I was a little girl, my family used to go tent camping there. Your post brought back some fond memories of our hikes. :)