Start from the right corner of the parking lot. The first half is fairly wide with some exposed roots. About halfway through there is a fork with a wider trail to the right and to the left is a narrower trail. Take the narrow trail to the left, and few feet from the fork is a large tree across the trail. After the fallen tree, the trail narrows significantly to point where you are occasionally dodging underbrush at the edge of the trail. Dead River Road ends at the marked loop by the river.