078 – Middle Falls on Barnett Branch

Accessibility – Easy

Height: Approx 20′

Distance – 1.4 miles (out and back)

Beauty – 4

Photo rating – 2

Solitude – 5

GPS Info: LAT 35.???? LONG -82.????

If you thought getting a good shot of the Waterfall on Barnett Branch was a challenge, you ain’t seen nothing yet. The Middle Falls on Barnett Branch makes for an even more difficult subject. The waterfall is a rockslide similar to Sliding Rock but the vegetation along this section of the trail is very thick and on my visit in June of 2015, it was too dense to shoot through. I wasn’t able to find a trail down to the base of the falls but I’m hopeful that on a winter or early spring trip the opportunity to get a better shot might present itself.

To get to this 20 foot sliding waterfall start by hiking to the Waterfall on Barnett Branch.  When you reach the side trail to the waterfall on Barnett Branch, remain on the main trail which makes a hard right and heads up the steps. The trail will head away from the creek for a short time before joining it again near the Middle Falls. The total distance between the two falls is about 0.2 of a mile.

The added distance doesn’t change the fact the hike is kid friendly. If you find a way to get to the base of the falls, this likely will not be kid friendly. I didn’t give it too much effort and now I regret this since I will have to go back and do this hike again. I have no photographic suggestion on this one as of December 2015. Check back in the spring of 2016 to see if I’ve been able to update this page. The picture below is the best I got. When you’re done here, the final waterfall on this hike, the Upper Falls on Barnett Branch, isn’t too far away.

Middle Falls on Barnett Branch – Trail View – June 2015