Linmei Shipan Waterfall 林美石盤瀑布

Linmei Shipan Waterfall isn’t an overly impressive waterfall by itself but the trail is full of mini waterfall and small cascades.  The trail is well made and not very long so everyone should be able to enjoy it.  Unfortunately it is a very popular trail and it will be especially crowded on weekends.  The trail can be combined with Yuemeikang Waterfall and Wufengci Waterfall for an easy full day hike.  It’s probably easiest to start at Wufengci because parking is better there.

Rating and length – easy – 1.5 hrs 3.6kms round trip (to parking)

How to get there – there is a shuttle bus from the Jiaoxi train station that also stops at Wufengci Waterfall.  If you are driving then turn off of Hwy 9 onto county road 6 with a large brown sign directing you to Linmei Shipan.  You will wind through the local community but all turns are marked by brown signs.  Cross over county road 5 (unmarked) and continue on county road 6.  Continue to follow the brown signs.  One intersection is unmarked but the road to the right leads to the golf course and you want to continue to the left.  At the next intersection take a sharp right turn and don’t go to either of the two universities.  The trailhead is 400 meters ahead on the right and easy to go right past.  Most likely there will cars parked on the side of the road with a couple of vendors.

The hike – The trail starts alongside the golf course for almost 1km before arriving at the official trailhead (with bathrooms).  On weekends there might be a restriction on how many hikers can be on the trail at one time at this point.  You will hike counterclockwise around the loop on a heavily traveled and well maintained trail.  There is a side trail near the beginning of the loop to Wufengci and the Yuemeikang trail.

Other info – free – no swimming and no going off trail

GPS – parking N24.82273 E121.73578 waterfall N24.82719 E121.72831

Date visited – 11/25/2014

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