Sunday I visited Texas Falls in Hancock, deep within the Green Mountain National Forest. They’re relatively small as water falls go, I suppose, but beautiful, with plenty of spots to lean over and peer down or up at them. There are a series of pools, one of which has a circular motion to it that has carved an impressive lopsided hemisphere from a boulder bounding the pool.
What interested me almost more than the falls themselves was the elements of the park around the falls. The lookout spots had two distinct styles: an older arrangement of wooden post railings set in stone pillars, plus stairs built in what I think of Civilian Conservation Corps style with broad, flat stones, and a modern bridge spanning the falls made of metal and concrete. Right below the modern bridge you can make out the remains of the original bridge, which matches the older railings and posts. The older bridge had the benefit of a more intimate view of the rushing water and falls, but the new installation is more easily accessible to all visitors and, one hopes, more resistant against erosion.
Happily, there’s a lower viewing area that keeps the feel of the original park elements: stone staircase, brown-painted square post railings and a more “natural” unkempt feel.
Places like this make me want to put them in a movie.
 According to the site linked above, the old bridge was swept away in a flood of 2008. I wish I had seen the falls during this year’s flooding, which was easily some of the worst in many years.