“A one mile out and back trail to the Chalybeate (iron water) Spring and waterfall
— John Ross
Landowner permission required.
Turn right off of the Sugar Camp Hollow
Trail after passing the bend in Horse Creek. Find a good place to wade the stream and walk up the bank to where the singletrack starts. Follow the trail to Horse Creek and continue up the creek under an 80 foot limestone bluff (this is where the Ross Limestone formation was first identified by geologists in the early 19th Century).
There are several washouts and difficult places in the trail that require caution. Continue to the end of the trail at the spring. The rocks are stained bright red/orange by the iron content. The spring water is safe to drink but tastes like it came from a rusty pipe. This was a popular picnic site in the 19th and early 20th Centuries.
In spring a colony of rare Valeriana Pauciflora blooms on the south side of the spring, and in August another rare plant Prices Potato Bean is found along the trail.
Return to the Sugar Camp Hollow
Trail on the same route.