Catawba Falls – Construction Zone   3 comments


It’s late November now and all the leaves have all fallen. The beautiful, brilliantly colored landscapes of a few weeks past have become a dull brown & gray, symbolic of winter. Thanks to some early season “Polar Vortex” action, it has also felt more like the middle of January. There won’t be many more waterfall hikes in 2014 for me. Looking back, I realized that I have not visited Catawba Falls this year. Being one of my favorites, this became today’s destination. This hike follows the mighty Catawba River way up near its headwaters. This river, really a creek at this stage is the same river seen for about the next 80 miles heading east along I-40, where it is channeling from lake to lake and getting much wider. Of course by this time, it has picked up tons of water from some notable mountain streams such as, the Linville River, the Johns River, and Wilson Creek to name a few.

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Stairway Falls – First Visit 10/18/14   3 comments

imageDuring a recent trip to Gorges State Park in far SW North Carolina, I decided to make Stairway Falls my primary waterfall. This is accessed off of the popular Rainbow Falls Trail. Normally, hikers use this to see the magnificent Rainbow Falls. This is done by reaching the river first, and then hiking upstream. After the wonderful views of Rainbow Falls, most will either head back to their cars, or continue upstream. After climbing the steep Rainbow Falls Trail to the top of this 150 foot waterfall, 2 smaller , but but still beautiful waterfalls await. TurtleBack Falls, and Drift Falls, are just minutes upstream and are quite a fine reward for those that hike up the punishing Rainbow Falls. I have done this numerous times. Read the rest of this entry »

Hiking Trails- TOM’S CREEK FALLS, Marion   Leave a comment


Always one of my favorite places to stop, at Toms Creek Falls. Here is a nice trail report from Cassandra at

Originally posted on Blue Ridge NC Guide:

Tucked away on a little side road off Highway 221 in Pisgah National Forest is this little gem of a trail with a waterfall at the end. An easy 0.8 mile trail with a lovely reward at the end- what’s not to love?

This trail is referred to in some places as Tom’s Creek Falls and in others as Falls Branch Trail. Most of the sources I found called it Tom’s Creek Falls, including its notation on Google Maps, so that’s what I’m going with. The trailhead is easy to find and is pretty well marked. Located more in the foothills region, the trail is mostly level and goes through a mature forest with tall shady trees, a nice change of pace from the steep trails of the rugged mountains higher up. The trail mostly follows Tom’s Creek and there are several points where you can get down to the…

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Posted October 17, 2014 by waterfallshiker in Hiking

Hocking Hills Autumn Splendor   Leave a comment

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A quick two-day mid-week trip to Hocking Hills State Park for hiking followed by soaking in a hot tub with girlfriends was just what the doctor ordered!  Located in Southeastern Ohio, 2 1/2 hours from Cincinnati, the rugged cliffs, breathtaking gorges, cascading waterfalls, and flourishing forests of Hocking Hills State Park, afford visitors a pristine outdoor wonderland.  Our first hike was to Old Man’s Cave.  The well-marked one mile round trip trail, includes both man-made and natural steps.  The view from inside the mouth of the wide cave looks down onto a small stream and stone bridge…



Autumn is one of my favorite times of the year to visit this park…


Although the forecast included rain, it held off until later in the evening.  In the Spring, this waterfall can be quite wide…


Unique tunnels make the area fun to explore…


Checking into our rustic cabin, we were…

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Posted October 17, 2014 by waterfallshiker in Hiking

Secret Falls   1 comment


It’s a fine October day in Highlands North Carolina. I was in town to attend a waterfall photography workshop at Dry Falls offered by Deborah Scannell Photography. Arriving in town several hours prior to the workshop, I planned to see a waterfall or two before it began. This is a waterfall-rich area, so there are quite a few to choose from. I looked at the ones that I had yet to see on the WC100, and chose Secret Falls. Secret Falls is also known as Big Shoals. It is a beautiful 50 foot waterfall on a fairly high volume creek called “Big Creek”. Secret Falls has helped get me officially to the halfway mark of the WC100. 50 down, 50 to go!

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Tallulah Gorge – October   Leave a comment


After a wonderful weekend viewing the colors in SW North Carolina, I had a Monday free. I decided to revisit the Tallulah Gorge in northern Georgia. My first visit here was in 2012, on a hot summer day. I had no idea what a gorge pass was then, and by the time I got there, all 100 had been distributed out. A gorge pass, allows you to enter the gorge floor, explore areas further that those on the main trails can not. Heading out early on a week day in October, I was sure to get one on this day……

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Big Bradley Falls – Hiking Into The Gorge From The Bottom   4 comments


As the summer comes to a close, I am trying to get in as many new waterfalls as I can. There is just something about hiking to new waterfalls, the anticipation, and all of the “unknown” factors that come with them. Summer just seems to be the best time to explore new areas, and take on he “unknown”. I have many waterfalls remaining….just in NC alone left to explore around for the first time. This mid September day, I chose Big Bradley Falls.

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White Owl Falls   3 comments


White Owl Falls is the perfect introduction to the Thompson River, in the far southwestern section of North Carolina. It is a beautiful waterfall and easy to get to. The Thompson River is probably the least known of the four main rivers that all make up Lake Jocasse in northern South Carolina, along with the Toxaway River, Horsepasture River and the Whitewater River. This land is waterfalls paradise. Some are easy to get to and some are not. White Owl Falls just happens to be one of the easy ones.

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High Falls (Thompson River)   1 comment


After spending some time at the very nice White Owl Falls, I had time for maybe 1 more waterfall before it was time to call it a day. Mother Nature had already chased me away from my planned destinations for this day. Somehow I had found myself along the Thompson River, a mysterious river that I have done very little exploring on. Since the weather was still looking promising after White Owl Falls, I figured that I would just stay where I was. Just from reading about this area, I knew that the High Falls was a reasonably short hike from the Brewer Rd area along US 281. Click on the link for more info and photos on White Owl Falls.

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Falling Springs Falls   Leave a comment


I’ve been taking some time this summer to visit our neighboring state to the north, Virginia. It does just happen to be my birth state. One thing I have noticed about Virginia, is that waterfalls seem to be…less abundant than in my home state of North Carolina, and in Tennessee. I have only seen 3 up here, but the 3 that I have been to are very impressive. I have been to the Cascade Falls several times, and absolutely love it. I also have made one trip to the Crabtree Falls in Virginia, and really enjoyed the hike to the top of the many smaller cascades that make up this large waterfall area. The views of the falls along the way are special. The view from the overlook at the top of the falls is breath taking. My latest trek took me well up into the Alleghany Highlands. This is a land rich in history, and has one of Virginia’s finest waterfalls, Falling Springs Falls. I now see why Thomas Jefferson was once so enchanted with this place.

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