The out-and-back hike up to the Hone Quarry Falls will take you just approximately 2.5 miles up a mountain, yielding some pretty glimpses of the ridges of mountains on the other side of a small gorge/valley to a pleasant falls area, an ideal area, had we timed it right, for a picnic listening to the sound of the waterfalls.
As you start hiking up the mountain, you follow the old quarry road and in fact, most of the hike is along that old road.
A little ways in — maybe 1/4 of a mile?? — you’ll see a sign indicating the Slate Spring Trail, on the left and heading up the mountainside. To the right, the Hone Quarry Falls Trail continues as you cross a small stream.
As we descended back down the old quarry road, we stood to the side of the road and watched in envy as a rugged jeep passed us — not a road we’d try with our Rav4. Yeah, that. Jeep envy. It’s a thing.
hike up the mountain — just over 500 feet in 2.5 miles.
We are dressed for success in our reflective finest during the first day of muzzle-loading deer hunting season, although we didn’t hear any shots and were probably very safe.
Getting there: Follow Hone Quarry Road all the way until the end — there’s a parking lot.