The entire time on the Leroy Smith Nature Trail, I was the ONLY hiker (including probably 20 minutes spent at the waterfalls). I eventually met 4-5 bikers but I could easily step to the side and let them pass. For this trail, start from the back of the parking lot and go to the left. Almost immediately you are walking above a small creek and within just a few minutes you reach Pleasant Ridge Falls. It was a fantastic spot to stop, with benches to sit on to enjoy the soulful sound of the waterfall. Since I was the only one there, I could also take my time setting up a tripod and trying different photo tricks and recording video.
When I left there and continued on the trail, I quickly came to the “Old Moonshine Still”. It’s just a small trickle that seems to go underground and reappear on the other side of the trail. That’s when I remembered being here about twelve years before. Back then we had hiked from the opposite direction and this was the first “waterfall” we encountered. At that time, it was no more of a trickle than that of a troublesome bathroom faucet dripping and we thought we had been ripped off (until we came upon the ‘real’ falls). At this spot I could either climb to the left or the right. Since I hadn’t broken a sweat, I decided I would do both.