Croton Gorge Park
Story by Clifford Hart
Photo by ©Gerard Vizcarra /www.gerryvphotography.com
The mesmerizing beauty of water cascading over rock has inspired poetry and painting throughout the ages. In some cultures, waterfalls—with their rush of white water and constant musical roar—have been elevated to an almost divine status, a pristine spot deep in nature where gods whisper secrets and life is born anew.
But to reach a waterfall and experience its unique pleasures is often no small task. It might involve treacherous trails and steep ascents, and that’s just to get within earshot. Actually experiencing a waterfall in its full glory—up close—always carries with it many cautions about slippery rocks and raging whitewater.
Given that, it may seem odd to imagine a waterfall with none of these concerns—one both manmade and easily accessible to anyone with a car and a notion of spending a little time in the midst of magnificent beauty.