We spent an afternoon driving out to the falls and enjoying the hike, the falls, the beauty and the sun.
Yes, the construction is a pain but the traffic was not heavy so our waits to pass through the zones were not onerous.
Once arriving, over a gravel road of 2.25 miles length, we actually found the parking lot full. Parking in the lot is $5 on the honor system. We parked, of necessity, across the bridge along the road and walked over. Many picnic areas in the shade are available as are pit toilets and a trash can.
The hike up to the falls overlooks is steep, but relatively short, with a clear trail and no major or minor obstacles. The overlook is lined by a sturdy cement wall with a rail to keep the kids in check.
A little further up, along the trail, through the woods there is a clearing along the river's edge that allows for the little ones to get close to the water, through rocks and enjoy the beauty without the risk of a falls immediately adjacent to you. We were a group of 13, strolling with children from ages 3 to 15. Everyone had a grand time.