hike #6

Monkey Run Natural Area, south side of Fall Creek, Varna

Meet-up:  Dead end of Monkey Run Road, a little north of Route 366 in Varna

Click here to see the location of the meet-up

Click here to see the Google Maps page showing details of the entrance into Monkey Run Road off Route 366.  Once you’ve turned in, drive north on Monkey Run Road to the dead end.  You need to watch carefully for the road sign.  Confusingly, the road on the other side of Route 366 is named “Turkey Hill Road.”

This walk can’t match the other side of Fall Creek (Hike #5) for drama and excitement, but it’s a great one in its own way. There’s an extensive beautiful woods to cross – several big fields to cross  —  some amazing high bluffs with undercut trees leaning over the precipice and the creek far below – a number of stretches that hug the edge of the creek – some jungly flood-plain areas – pine woods – and several picturesque small beach spots good for standing around.

It’s an easy-to-moderate hike.

It’s possible to bail out of this hike easily at the half-way point.