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I walked up one side of the spring branch and down the other on an afternoon in mid-May. This is a great short hike and after about 100 yards, you get the sense that you are in a real canyon; which you are. It is shady along most of the length of the clear creek fed by River of Life Spring. The plant life is quite different from the surrounding area; with many large Trilliums, Jack in the Pulpits, and Paw Paw trees, and Maindenhair Ferns.