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Fairmount Falls
« on: February 11, 2006, 07:04:21 PM »

So I went and checked it out today.

The trail itself is in good condition, but pretty muddy.  Fortunately there are stone stairs in the steepest parts to keep you off of your a$$.  I had my wife and daughter with me and Elizabeth couldn't stay out of the creek above the falls, so I didn't get to walk the whole trail.  She didn't want to leave, but with the temps in the 30's and her being soaked from the knees down and from elbows to hands too, I figured it best to go back to the car.

Below are a few pics for your enjoyment.

More info can be found here (including paperwork to get a permit)....
http://www.louisvilleky.gov/MetroParks/parks/fairmountfalls/

The Falls....
« Last Edit: February 11, 2006, 07:08:30 PM by timbros »
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Re: Fairmount Falls
« Reply #1 on: February 11, 2006, 07:09:04 PM »

The falls with R72 Filter (plus a little color correction)
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Re: Fairmount Falls
« Reply #2 on: February 11, 2006, 07:09:32 PM »

Kid in the creek during winter.....I can't believe how much she loves to play in the water no matter the season.
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Re: Fairmount Falls
« Reply #3 on: February 11, 2006, 07:33:45 PM »

Yikes! That makes me cold seeing her in the water like that!:o   It's amazing how kids could care less about how cold it is...makes me jealous, really.  The older I get the more I gripe about the cold.  Cute daughter, by the way.
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Re: Fairmount Falls
« Reply #4 on: February 12, 2006, 05:42:58 AM »

Thanks Frostboy,

I assure you she gets the cuteness from her mother.  It was not easy getting her out of the creek.  We kept telling her it was time to go, and she kept telling us NO.

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Re: Fairmount Falls
« Reply #5 on: February 13, 2006, 05:53:04 AM »

Timbros, you hot dog!!  I wuz hoping to be the 1st to report on Fairmont falls.
I had a permit for last Wednesday but had to move it to this Wed due to
Dr appt confilict.

I'm gonna wear my GPS just out of curiosity to see how long the trail is
and I'll take a few more pix.

I've filled out the forms to become a "trail ranger" for the Jefferson forest.
They said I had to do that because I hope to be a trail volunteer for
this trail which is only about 3 miles from my house.

I was told there is an old car body in there and there's an eagle scout
who's probably gonna need help to get it out for his eagle project.

I know it's not exactly a huge place or anything but last time I checked it
was IN Kentucky rather than a "surrounding area".  ;)

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Re: Fairmount Falls
« Reply #6 on: February 13, 2006, 09:08:04 AM »

Tim I want to give you a hug right now... this is the first time I've heard of this place.  I thought I knew of every public falls in the State!  :)
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Re: Fairmount Falls
« Reply #7 on: February 13, 2006, 11:51:09 AM »

It's only just become public and it's not exactly "public" now.
They consider it a nature preserve and since there is only
parking for 2 cars they require a permit to visit there.
The gate has a combination padlock and they change the combo every week.
You actually have to fill out a form and request a certain day.
You can call and find out which days are open.
I was told they are booked on weekends thru March.

They only let 2 permits per day even tho we know that if I want to
go in the morning and you want the afternoon it would allow more to visit.
They just book 2 per day with no attention to AM or PM.

It's a learning process for them too and I suspect they might tweek
the permit rules later on.

Film at 11.......
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Re: Fairmount Falls
« Reply #8 on: February 14, 2006, 01:23:16 PM »

If it's 3 miles from your house, you may have to get your wife to drop you off for an hour and hit it "Stealth mode".....
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Re: Fairmount Falls
« Reply #9 on: February 15, 2006, 09:16:58 AM »

You still need the combination and a permit but that's why I'm hoping
to be named a trail ranger for this trail  ;)

I'm chomping at the bit for the parks dept to "connect the dots" in our
part of the county.
They just acquired a big parcel along Floyds fork near the Bullit co line
and Bardstown road.  Or was it the salt river @ bardstown road?

Anyway, if they can just connect "some" of this land before I'm too darn old
to enjoy it, that would be great.

Maybe by being a involved as a volunteer I can at least offer my 2¢
and also be more informed on projects before they hit the papers.

My permit is for today and the weather looks awesome so we'll be checking
it out as soon as my wife gets home this afternoon.
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Re: Fairmount Falls
« Reply #10 on: February 15, 2006, 05:04:03 PM »

Timbros, nice pics!!! I should be get my pass by the end of the week. I had no idea untill the article in the paper about this falls and a friend lives on Thixton. Any problems with a dog off leash, I know how Lou. parks can be with him off leash.
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Re: Fairmount Falls
« Reply #11 on: February 16, 2006, 06:04:57 AM »

I'm not timbros but I'm at work and I've got a fast computer connection!  :)

I wus a tad disappointed.... The "gate" is just a cable across a driveway
like pulloff.  There is room to park just off the road without even unlocking
the cable.  That's what we did.  
It's another example of the parks dept passing rules and regulations for
us honest folks but ANYONE who want's to can simply park along
the road or in front of the cable and walk right on in.

It's a nice little loop trail thru some fairly large cedar trees.  Not a lot of hardwood.
This was farmland not too long ago but hey, it's a park now so I'm glad
we have it.

We hiked the trail and then walked down the dead end road.  It was a nice
balmy afternoon so we enjoyed that part of the "hike" too.  Only saw one
car the entire time on the dead end road.  It's about 2/3 of a mile to the
end and passes some horse barns and  horses so it's got a little interest
if you're a walker and want a little more distance to your visit.

As far as your dog is concerned, who's gonna know?
Watch him/her near the top of the waterfall!!!

The waterfall is flowing nicely this time of year and the stream
follows the road for quite a ways so you get that nice water sound
as you walk down the hill-- if you do that.....

Enjoy!
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Re: Fairmount Falls
« Reply #12 on: February 17, 2006, 09:25:19 AM »

Thanks for the info, the Louisville area and dogs off a leash can be a problem, so people get scared when they see him even though he is a big baby.
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Re: Fairmount Falls
« Reply #13 on: February 17, 2006, 10:13:27 AM »

How tall is this thing?  65 feet or so?
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Re: Fairmount Falls
« Reply #14 on: February 17, 2006, 11:10:48 AM »

Wild guess...... 40 feet or so.

For now you have to bushwhack upstream to get to the bottom of
the falls but it would be a fairly easy walk on the rocks most of the
time.
I hope they add some more trail eventually but they've done OK for
what is actually a fairly small parcel of land.

Like I said, the road has a nice country lane feel and we enjoyed it too.
By doing the trail and the road all the way to the "no trespassing" sign at
the far end we got in more or less 2 1/2 miles.

Just a nice little outing but not worth a long drive fer sure.

I'll try and get a few more pix posted this Sunday if Daytona doesn't
get in the way.
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