Port Ludlow, a few miles north off US Highway 104 at the west end of the Hood Canal Floating Bridge.
From Highway 104, travel north on Paradise Bay Road west of the Hood Canal Floating Bridge. Travel 5.8 miles to the “Village Center” of Port Ludlow, a private development. Turn left on Breaker Lane (the Kitsap Bank building will be on the left). Drive up the hill about 200 yards to a public parking area on the right, where a small kiosk is visible. Park here and walk back down the hill on pavement, bearing right, on the roadway in front of the Kitsap Bank and continue to the end of a small access road for a low “L” shaped office building. The trailhead is beyond a small parking area. The way to the falls is on the very nicely maintained loop Interpretive Trail of less than ½ mile in length. The falls is about half way around the loop from either direction.
The Ludlow Falls Interpretive Trail is privately owned, developed and maintained, primarily for community residents, their guests and Resort guests. However, the public has been granted access, provided trail rules are observed (no smoking, dogs on leash and cell phones off). This moderate trail has a couple short steeper pitches with stairs. A series of informative signs with fun nature facts and local history make this contemplative trail seem shorter. There are several benches and forest viewing points, including one just above the falls. Please remember this is private property and that the trail is meticulously maintained by volunteers.
Ludlow Falls boasts of nearly year round flows, despite a small catchment (basin) area. The secret is the peat underlying the forested areas upstream which act as a “sponge” slowly releasing accumulated precipitation over the dryer summer season. The peat is also the source of the tannin which can give the stream a slight tea color. Ludlow Creek does show substantial flows during the rainy season. An interpretive sign bears witness to flooding in the area in recent past years.
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