Long time residents of Black Diamond, Judy and I love our community and the unique natural beauty and colorful history we have here. Join us in learning more about our history, local wildlife, must do hikes, conservation areas to explore and the opportunities and challenges faced by our community. Craig Goodwin

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I'm wondering what is at the Black Diamond Heritage Area?


That's the ghost town of Franklin.


Which is listed separately...


Hi there,

Not sure if you will see this, but I believe the reddish color of the river is due to the tannins in the water.

Excellent blog!

Tara Rockey

My dog Boscoe and I visited the Jellum site for the first time today. I was so excited to find it. I parked by the gate and followed the main road all the way down to the clearing. The route was a little confusing, as we encountered a few side trails and unexpected intersections - but I stuck to what seemed like the main access road.

The narrow path leading to the river was a bit sketchy so I appreciated your warning. It was a scrabble getting down to the river, but the scenic beauty on a frosty clear day was worth it.

On the way back, I had my large dog pose on the old homestead footing for a quick photo.

Thank you for the guide to a fun local exploration hike.

Craig Goodwin

Good for you Tara. Glad you enjoyed it.

Roger Parry

Hi Craig,
This past week with an increasingly narrowing set of 'getting-out' options, my wife, dog and I walked to the homestead site and ventured down the trail toward the river. We decided to hold-up about half way down the hillside since I wasn't sure what we might encounter this time of year (muddy trail).

On another day we walked the trail down from the gate, taking a fork to the northeast about 20 minutes in. It ends up intersecting a power line access road and trail. We turned back south, allowing us to meet the SE Green River George road to loop back to our car.

Craig Goodwin

Hi Roger, good to hear from you. It's a good short hike alternative during these times. Along the middle part of the trail, there is an area I just love - so many ferns. Like a fern garden. Regards

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