This trail begins at the Highway 123 crossing over Big Piney Creek in Johnson County and follows along the east bank of either Big Piney or Hurricane Creek for most of its 5 1/2 mile length. The county road is graveled and easily passable by most vehicles without 4WD with no major grades or elevation changes. Low clearance vehicles may have difficulty with the water crossing (Hurricane Creek). The water at the crossing will vary from less than 6" deep during dry periods to as much as 3 ft. or deeper after a heavy rainfall. Due to the velocity of streams flow, if the depth is more than 2 or 3 inches above your center hub, or high enough to come in contact with your chassis, crossing it is not recommended. The road is decently maintained and there are few intersecting roadways or trails. This area is relatively remote, but there are a few homes along the way. The road continues on past the end of this trail, and it's up to you whether to continue on or to turn back.
Be aware of the depth of the stream crossing of Hurricane Creek (Waypoint 5). Do not cross if you are unsure of the depth of flow.
1. Carwash Falls Trailhead (0.00 mi)
The Highway 123 crossing over Big Piney Creek is just past (west of) the Carwash Falls trail head. The highway bridge over Big Piney Creek is a large, steel truss bridge that's been painted blue. There is a popular day use area on the west end of the bridge where people put in/take out their canoes, kayaks, tubes, etc., or just hang out and enjoy the water. Carwash Falls trail begins just east of the bridge, on the right. The Forest Service Motor Vehicle Use Map indicates that the road is number 1002 (Big Piney Road), but the blue sign on the entrance to the road says Johnson County Road 5881.
2. Small Waterfall (0.74 mi)
If you make this journey within a few days of a moderate rainfall passing through, you'll get to see several small waterfalls as they tumble down the rocky streams on your right on their way to joining Big Piney Creek that runs parallel to the track on the right.
3. 2nd Waterfall (1.27 mi)
Try to plan your trip in the spring or early summer, before it gets hot and there's still flow in Big Piney Creek and its tributaries. There are many, many small waterfalls that are fun to stop and take pictures of along this route.
4. Stay Left At Campsite (1.62 mi)
There's a small campsite on the banks of Hurricane Creek, and at this waypoint, the trail seems to head right into it. The trail actually turns left just before entering the campsite. This trail runs alongside Hurricane Creek Wildlife Management Area, and during most hunting seasons, the campground may be occupied. If you consider camping here, be aware that sudden rainfall events could cause flash flooding
5. Hurricane Creek Crossing (1.82 mi)
This trail video was taken a few days after a significant rainfall had occurred in the area. The depth of flow in Hurricane Creek was between 10" and 15", and the stream was moving swiftly. Be aware of your vehicles capabilities and don't put you or your family at risk. If you can't see the bottom, and if you wouldn't consider wading across this stream, don't drive across it.
6. Road Between The Rocks (2.74 mi)
As you approach this waypoint, the road appears to disappear into a large rock. It actually wiggles between two rocks and heads back down to the bank of Hurricane Creek. You can't see what's coming from the other direction here, so take it slow with your approach. The road is narrow, and two vehicles can't pass through this spot side by side.
7. Carwash Falls (2.85 mi)
A small stream spills over the top of a limestone bluff, approximately 25 ft. above Big Piney Road, giving you a good opportunity to wash away any dust you may have accumulated along the trail up to this point. Quite a pretty spot with the waterfall coming down and Hurricane Creek flowing alongside the road on the opposite side. No bucket and sponge required.
8. Waterfall #4 (4.01 mi)
Another waterfall that you may want to stop and investigate. Did I mention you probably want to consider taking this route in the spring, a few days after a rainfall has passed through?
9. Finally The Last Waterfall (5.27 mi)
The last waterfall before you reach the end of this track.
10. Parker Ridge Road (5.49 mi)
Parker Ridge Road. There're no signs at all at this intersection, but Parker Ridge Road bends back to the right about 160 degrees and begins an ascent up Parker Ridge. If you have the time and want to continue with your trail ride, there are some nice rock formations and overlooks a short distance up Parker Ridge Road that are sure to satisfy your curiosity.