A Bridge(s, stairs, n and ne)

You are standing on a bridge which spans a dark and swift running river. Across the bridge, you can see a steep slope covered with trees. The ground on the eastern side of the river looks trampled, and many trees have been marred by fire and blade. Between the trees, you can see fire and smoke and occasional dark forms moving. You can clearly hear drums and the sound of battle. There are rough stone stairs leading into the smoke, but you notice how inviting the rest of Mirkwood has suddenly become.
The Forest River is east and west.
The path continues northeast and south.
The great Erebor is northeast.
There is water to the west and east.
The only obvious exits are south, stairs, north and northeast.
A signpost
A hitching post