For most people stopping at Brandywine Falls, they’re just going to get the three lookouts from the top of the falls. While the view from above the falls as the water gushes down into the river leading to Daisy Lake is breathtaking, there is something about perching precariously on misty rocks while you are deafened by the sound of booming water as it crashes down a few feet away.
There is a not-so-secret trail to the base of the falls that is fairly straightforward to follow, if you know what you’re looking for. At the third viewing platform where you look out towards Daisy Lake, turn left at the fence.
Walk straight through the forest along the edge of the cliff until you reach a rocky area. Here, make your way down what looks very much like a set of steps in the boulder field.
Continue to follow the trail until you come to a dirty, white rope that hangs over a pile of large boulders that you need to carefully climb down.
Follow the fairly obvious tracks across the huge landslide of boulders for quite a distance until the trail makes an obvious turn to the left into the forest.
From here, the trail is very clear and winds its way through the cool forest until it meets the stream and then makes its way up the water until you reach the falls. You will return the same way and when you get back to the top, it’s awe-inspiring to look down again and realize you were just at the bottom of that mass of water.
*Including photos by Sarah & Devon