Coon Branch Trail - Lower Whitewater Falls Spur
Trail to Coon Branch Natural Area and the Lower Whitewater Falls Overlook
The trail begins as Bad Creek Spur, which connects the parking lot near Bad Creek Reservoir to the Foothills Trail.
Approximately a half a mile from the trailhead, Coon Branch Trail splits off to the left right before metal bridge that crosses the river to the right (you do not want to cross the river yet). From here, it's just under a mile to Coon Branch Natural Area, a virgin forest home to the largest Fraser magnolia in the state. This trail will take you trough some dense forests of old hardwoods and rhododendron, you will pass over five small foot bridges.
Hike back to the Bad Creek Spur trail and turn left. After 0.1 mile, the Foothills Trail splits; continue on the northeastern (right-hand) Foothills Trail, this is when you will cross the river.
After another half a mile hikers reach the Lower Whitewater Falls Spur, which leads to an overlook that, though pretty far from the falls themselves, provides a stunning view of the falls and surrounding area.
These sections of trails are 4.6 miles long, round trip.
Length: 4.6 miles