Falling Branch @ Kilgore Falls LbNA # 9907
|Placed Date||Aug 8 2004|
|Found By||midnight moon|
|Last Found||Aug 12 2009|
The real treasure here is not the letterbox but the beautiful gift God created from land and water for all of us to enjoy.
Although part of Rocks State Park,Falling Branch is not physically connected to the main park. It is located approximately 4 miles north of the main park, near Rte. 24 and St. Mary’s road. This is a great place to bring the whole family for an afternoon of fun. If it’s a warm day, pack your swim suit and bring a lunch.
Park in the main parking area for Falling Branch. Pick up the main trail in the northwest corner of the parking area. You will cross the foot bridge and continue past the ruins of the stage coach stop. The trail will fork, head northwest.
Read Isaiah 43:2 and do just as it says. Others have gone before you and prepared the way.
Continue on the main trail until you come to another foot bridge. Cross the bridge, counting the planks as you go. Continue up the trail for the same amount of paces as there were planks on the bridge.
You'll come to a place to take a brief rest. Behind it, your journey continues. Ascend the path until you reach the top.
In the first chapter of Genesis you will find a verse that reads: ‘Then God said, “Let the waters under the Heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear”; and it was so.’ Add the chapter number to the verse number and proceed on dry land for that many paces.
A number of trails converge at this spot; take the one that heads east. Keep going and try not to get your feet wet. Whatever you do, don't fall to the right.
You will have several options....take the trail that follows closest to the water and ascend. At the top of the trail you will find a rock. You will find that ‘Vlad’ found it too.
Don’t follow Vlad’s direction, it is not the path of the righteous and will surely lead to death. Read the verse in chapter 3 of Colossians that reads: “And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men.” Multiply the chapter number by the verse number and set a course on your compass to heartily head in that direction.
You’ll know you’ve picked the right path because you’ll see the tree holding up the rock. Or is the rock holding up the tree? Nonetheless, follow the trail that leads to the fields that would make the VonTrappe’s green with envy.
You’ll have to resist the urge to break into song…these hills are alive with the sound of music. Listen quietly; you’ll hear the sound of the electric music.
Once you are done twirling about in song, stand at the trail head from where you came.
Start singing the song about the notes on a scale. There’s only eight so it shouldn’t be hard. Correspond the ‘needle pulling thread’ note with its appropriate number and march towards the giant erector set for that many paces.
Right face and pick up the hidden trail that goes off into the woods.
Follow the serpentine path looking for T-3. No, not Arnold, but the ‘Triple Trunked Tree’. In the convergence you will find that which you seek.
Difficulty rating: 3 out of 5. Total time to find: Approximately 1 hour, barring complications. Total hike distance: approximately 2 miles. Some parts have very rugged terrain that will have slippery spots and will require some climbing. Not recommended for young children or those afraid of heights. You will need a compass and a Bible (we used NKJV) to complete the trek.