A place to discuss waterfalls. Including the parks that house them and the hikes to get to them.
Discuss Montville Falls and Decker Creek Falls and surrounding area here:
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The falls are awesome, but the property owner at the Mill is a real prick. He would not let us walk up the creek, which runs adjacent to his property, and he definitely does not let people park at the mill described here any more.
Instead, continue east on 38A and turn left into Indian Mound Cemetery. Follow the signs to Section 9 (SEC 9) and park on the right side of the road, just past the white SEC 9 marker. If you go back behind the large C.A. PARKER tombstone (the biggest one in the section), you can find your way down to the creek. It is very steep so wear good boots.
Once at the creek, go upstream about a half a mile to the Montville Falls. Definitely don't go downstream from the cemetary, or you end up on Mr. Grumpy's land. He yelled at me twice because I headed the wrong direction the second time
I have to agree with a previous poster in regards to access to this falls. Best park in the cemetary and hike into the woods towards the gorge. Once along the rim head upstream, there is a path in the woods. You can follow this until you get to a point along the rim where there is an outcropping projecting into the gorge which gives you a great view of the falls. But before one gets to this outcropping, which is almost in the backyards of some houses, there is a trail that heads down the hill. Its an easy climb down (nothing like Angel Falls!) and a bit of a tricky walk up to the base of montville Falls if you don't want wet feet.
The double waterfalls we found up Decker Creek which runs into Dresserville creek is well worth going to see. Very pretty hike but not for the average hiker, prepared to get wet feet!
This is on my list of hikes/climbs for next year. I definitely appreciate all the info posted here regarding access to the creek and falls. It'll make the trip much more enjoyable to avoid dealing with an angry mill owner, although the story won't be as colorful without his participation!
I was at Montville Falls this past weekend taking photos and an older guy came up behind me. He basically wanted to let me know that I was on his property but that photography and swimming were fine as long as I didnt climb the banks or go upstream. He actually has an overlook where he can look down to see if anyone is around. We talked about his trash problem ( LOTS of beer cans) and he said he'd recently had people in a fight get hit with class bottles. He said he knew I wasn't "one of those people" and to enjoy myself. He also said it was ok with him to go up Decker Creek. I was a bit suprised/greatful as I expected that he'd ask to me leave when I first saw him. The hillside to the south of Decker creek is posted for a bit above the 1st falls but I don't see any reason not to go up the creek. Of course all of montville/decker creek is private property so be careful and pick-up trash (there were also cans along decker creek).
This unique stretch of creek is smooth enough to ride a bike down
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hmmm, very interesting. It looks like Decker may have another waterfall that you found (the larger one by the structure). I assume that 2nd larger waterfall is upstream from the first cascade on Decker creek?