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Falls Mill

My next trip took me into Braxton County. There is much to see in Braxton--from the historical sites of Bulltown Historic District, Gassaway Train Depot, and the Cunningham Farm, to lakes and countryside. There is the Braxton County Monster, and also interesting restaurants, shops and sites to visit.

I have already explained my love of nature, so the outdoors won this time around. I confess I love history too. A visit into something from the past would be wonderful. Perhaps that will happen on another trip. This time, I visited Falls Mill.

About 12 miles off of I-79, exit 67, along Rt. 4, a beautiful sight awaits visitors. Swimmers, fishermen, and photographers will be at home in the beautiful tranquility of Falls Mill.

Smooth placid lakes are lovely, but the sound of water over rock is exhilarating. There is almost strength in it, or a sensation of power. Flowing water is a sight I love to see. The water ebbs to the edge of the rock and stone, then quickly races to the bottom to end in a white cloud of newness. Yes, it is the same water, but it is different somehow. At first the waters stir about unclear and cloudy, and then it breaks free and moves into another calming flow downstream.

I think life is like that. We hit rough waters, rocks and stone. Sometimes, we even feel like we are being thrown over the edge or falling to a cloudy bottom. When we defeat the falls, we move on into the calm waters toward a new place or a new beginning. Yes, for a period of time, life may seem unclear and foggy, but the waters downstream pull us on.

As I sat on the edge of the rocks, drinking in the magnificent view and tranquil sounds, I was reminded of a scripture, John 7:38, “Whoever believes in me, as the scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him (NIV).” What an incredible image! There is something about the flowing waters that is mysterious, gentle, and yet powerful.

You can pay a great deal of money to visit a fancy spa with artificial water featured in the background, placed there to soothe and comfort; or you can step into your own backyard and visit a natural falls guaranteed to meet your needs for relaxation or recreation.

Swimming in clear waters, fishing in quiet countryside, or absorbing the sheer wonders of nature--Falls Mill offers all these options. Take an afternoon to relax and be inspired by the flowing waters.


Area Events:

July 18-20, International Sports Jamboree, North Bend State Park

July 18-25, Mountainfest Motorcycle Rally Stop, North Bend

July 19, Paul Cottrell and High Mountain Bluegrass, Ward Weaver and Ronald Donaldson, Clay, 7 p.m.

July 25, Stepping Stone, North Bend State Park, 7 p.m.

July 26, Blues Night, Clay, 7 p.m.

July 26, Heritage Day, Bulltown Historical Area, 10 a.m.

July 29-Aug. 2, Braxton County Fairs and Festivals Celebration.

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