Hiking Team: Dave Miller, Rosie Miller
Date: November 15, 2023
Next to Graining Fork Nature Preserve we hiked on private land. The trailhead immediately climbed about forty feet which taxed my lungs since I was fighting an upper respiratory virus and wanted a more level, easier hike. Most of the leaves had fallen from the trees as the trail snaked through the quiet forest. A spur took us another .3 miles to the base of a sandstone cliff where the Lower Ancient Falls was bone dry. In the distance I could see Upper Ancient Falls was not flowing either. Sadly, Kentucky, like Ohio, had lots of areas that were close to being labeled a drought.
After the hike we had hot soup and pizza at the famous Miguel’s Pizza. Behind the building dozens of tents were pitched as rock climbers from around the country could camp here for free and climb the gorge cliffs.