I honestly don’t remember much about Sanderson Brook Falls. I visited the falls 10 years ago, and I don’t have a distinct memory of walking the trail. I remember that there were two waterfalls in the area both off of US-20, Sanderson Brook Falls and Goldmine Brook Falls.
The book I referred to find the falls says the falls are a height of 60′. In many of my photos, it doesn’t appear I’m very close to the falls, but at a distance. I don’t remember if there was a reason for it (difficult to get closer to the base of the falls?). I mention this because the photos I have don’t give off the sense that it’s a 60′ drop. It could be that a portion of the falls was hidden from view and I just decided not to get closer. I don’t know if that’s a ringing endorsement for visiting the falls, but I do still think it’s a worthwhile stop if you’re in the area.
Once you find the two towns Goldmine Brook is between, it’s easy to find the Sanderson Brook Falls. The two towns are rather small, though. The falls are found just off of US-20, northwest of Huntington and southeast of Chester.
If you’re headed northwest from Huntington the parking area and the trail to the falls will be on your left. There is a Sanderson Brook Road, but you cannot drive up this. This is the trail that you will follow to the falls.
The road is marked with blue triangles. At just under a mile, you’ll turn right and head toward the brook to find the falls.
Accessibility: 9/10 (easy) Distance of Hike: 2 miles round-trip Height: 60′
I randomly choose waterfalls to post about, and when I first stumbled upon Goldmine Brook Falls, I couldn’t really remember this waterfall. As I looked at the map, though, a few things started coming back to me, and I remember how much I liked this waterfall.
I should first start by saying I had visited a number of other waterfalls in the region, and had been somewhat disappointed. Bash Bish Falls, one of the more popular waterfalls, was just that…very popular and crowded. Many of the waterfalls didn’t have much water flowing in August. Goldmine Brook Falls probably doesn’t have much water flowing even at its peak, but it was much more than some of the other falls.
I also remember that it is pretty easy to visit. (Thanks to a reader for pointing out that my memory is a little bit off!) It is not that far from the road, being about 0.1 miles from the parking area. There’s a pull-off on US-20, you get out, walk up a small dirt path next to the creek, and arrive at the falls. Goldmine Brook Falls is really a small gem, and even though it’s only about 15-20′ tall, it’s easy to view. Sanderson Brook Falls is very close by, though it requires a longer hike to view the falls.
Once you find the two towns Goldmine Brook is between, it’s easy to find the falls. The two towns are rather small, though. The falls are found just off of US-20, northwest of Huntington and southeast of Chester.
If you’re headed northwest from Huntington the falls will be on your left, but the parking area will be on your right, and will be before you see the creek. From Chester, they will be on your right, but the parking area will be on your left after you pass the falls. You’ll have to safely cross the road (either way) to see the falls. It is easier to recognize you’ve passed the creek if you’re headed southeast.
After crossing the road, follow the small trail that is next to the creek about 0.1 miles to the falls.
Accessibility: 8/10 (easy/moderate)
Distance of Hike: 0.2 miles round-trip