OVER THE WATERFALL
115 MIN – GRADE 4
Beginning at the waterfall car park the trail crosses the twin streams at the base of the falls by bridges or fords. The wide track ascends up the mountainside through a woodland enclosure and ends at Cummenadillure, a deep black lake in a coombe.
Halfway up, on the right is a path descending to a steam crossed by a stone bridge, this is the Heritage Trail. The Famine Cottage there has been carefully restored to its former glory.
At the lake the trail steepens and takes a right turn over a stile in the high fence. The next section is up the rocky mountainside following the white and red way marks to the top. There are signs at the top marking the start of Trail No 4 marked with yellow and one pointing to a Viewing Point. It is worth taking the short detour to see the upper valley with Lake Cummenaloughaun in its centre.
The trail descends to the top of the waterfall which is crossed by a log bridge. The heavy logs were flown up to their location by helicopter when opened to the public. The ever changing vistas of the valley with its lakes descending to Kenmare Bay and the McGillycuddy’s Reeks in the distance is a memorable experience. There is a bog area at this point and the method of harvesting the turf or peat can be seen. The white and red way marks lead to a flight of steps cut in the rock that lead down off the mountain on to a wide track. Halfway down, on the right is a picnic area and charcoal pit. Towards the bottom there is a wooded area and a small wooden gate opens into the delightful River Walk making a nice contrast to the rugged mountain trail. There is another picnic spot near a small waterfall.