|Emory Gap Falls|
If you listen and know what to look for, you might find the rare cerulean warbler (no, I was not fortunate enough to capture one on camera). Interpretive Specialist Michael Hodge says, “Its population has really declined over the last decade, it’s almost an endangered species.” Hodge says Frozen Head hosts the most concentrated flocks of cerulean warblers in the state. It’s considered a globally important bird area by the Audubon Society, with 119 species of birds cataloged, although some can no longer be found in the park.
The abundant acreage of mature forest seems to provide ample avian habitat, while also hosting black bear, bobcat and elk. The largest mammals have been reintroduced to nearby public areas like Big South Fork. Forests here are not considered old growth, because they were heavily logged and burned in the early 20th century. The diversity of arboraceous life includes hemlock, oak, pine, maple and much more.
|Pool below Debord Falls|
Our family took a leisurely hike to tranquil Debord Falls and then Emory Gap Falls.