Wintergreen Falls in Dupont Forest   3 comments

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I have made quite a few trips to Dupont State Forest to hike and see the wonderful waterfalls there. The 4 waterfalls of the Little River are the prime attraction here, and it is really hard for me to drive several hours and NOT visit them. However, there are more waterfalls to be found in Dupont. 2 of them can be found on a tributary stream named Grassy Creek. One is fairly close to High Falls on the Little River, Grassy Creek Falls. It can be accessed from the High Falls parking area. The other waterfall is on the other side of Dupont, the 20 foot Wintergreen Falls. I am not sure why I chose to see this one today. It is after all, just a 20 foot waterfall on a creek while the others are large waterfalls on a river. I guess I just got tired of having only visited 5 of the 6 waterfalls in Dupont. It was time to fill the void. I feel silly for waiting now as this was a beautiful waterfall and the hike to it was very pleasant. The large crowds the river waterfalls attract were not here.

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Pilot Mountain State Park, NC – Emma & Fire in March 2014   8 comments

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Capturing the attention and imagination of an 11 year old is not an easy task. Keeping it for any length of time is nearly impossible. These were my goals on a beautiful Tuesday afternoon in March. In a winter that has been defined by the prolonged brutal arctic cold blasts, an afternoon that is sunny and 75, must be taken advantage of. This meant that young Emma would NOT be spending this afternoon watching TV, playing games on the IPAD, or listening to One Direction. I remember her saying…”Do we have to go hiking”? Well, yes I said. Her mother wanted me to get her out and stretch her legs a bit. This was just what I intended to do. I disguised it a bit by bribing her with dinner at the local Dairi-O, a hot dog and ice cream joint that kids here go nuts for. I threw in the prospect for finding a geocache or two and she was game.

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Waterfall List Up To 94   Leave a comment

Skinny Dip FallsCullasaja FallsRainbow FallsWaterfalls Park - Newland, NCHooker Falls
Waterfall #2 at The Blue HoleSilver Run FallsYellow Branch FallsHigh Falls in Dupont State Forest in very high waterLinville Falls - Plunge Basin ViewElk River Falls
Toms Creek FallsIMG_3068Compression Falls along Elk River just over the NC/State Line in TnThe CascadesThe Blue HoleDill Falls
First Visit to Courthouse FallsMoravian FallsUpper Catawba FallsUpper FallsHigh Shoals FallsRoaring Fork Falls

Waterfall List, a set on Flickr.

The list gets ever closer to my 2014 goal of 100 Waterfalls visited. New to the list are the 2 “Other” waterfalls in Dupont Forest, Wintergreen Falls, and Grassy Creek Falls.

Posted March 9, 2014 by Chris Berrier in Hiking

Little Bradley Falls   Leave a comment

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Warm 60 degree days have been kept to a minimum so far this icy, cold winter of 2014. After 3-4 weeks of constant polar plunge waves of cold air, we finally caught a break this weekend. It won’t last long though as the biggest snowfall of the winter is only a few days away. While we have some sunshine and warmth, I made out like a bandit to see some waterfalls. My choice today was a new one for me, Little Bradley Falls.

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Dry Falls in January   Leave a comment

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Dry Falls in SW North Carolina will always be one of my favorite waterfalls. I was a big fan of Dry Falls long before I ever started hiking to waterfalls.

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Posted February 7, 2014 by Chris Berrier in Cullasaja Gorge, Hiking, Ice Falls

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Roaring Fork Falls and the Return of the 2014 Polar Vortex w/video   Leave a comment

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Here we go again…another shot of polar, arctic air sending temps into the single digits below 0 and wind chills in the -20′s. This pattern seems a little drawn out this January. However, if you pay attention to the weather, there are these short warm ups in between arctic shots. If timed out just right, one can get out fairly comfortably to enjoy the icy effects that this cold weather has on our local waterfalls. Read the rest of this entry »

Window Falls & Hidden Falls – A Nice Short Stroll Through Hanging Rock State Park Along The MST (w/videos)   Leave a comment

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It’s a rare Monday off work in January. After a busy weekend hiking, and NFL playoff games, I was feeling a little lazy today. About noon, I decided to get out of the recliner and make sure this nice 50 degree day was not wasted. It’s a good thing that I live within a half hour drive of Hanging Rock State Park.

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Laurel Falls – January Thaw 2014 Hike   Leave a comment

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Here is some good advice. If a rare photo opportunity becomes available, take it. In fact, jump all over it. This past week, most of the eastern US suffered through the frigid, bone chilling effects of what has become known as the 2014 Polar Vortex. This rare event occurs when part of the extreme cold air circulating around the North Pole breaks off and heads south and east via strong jet stream winds. The end result is some of the coldest air in at least 20 years. Just 5 days ago in the small town of Elk Park, NC, the location of Elk River Falls, the temperature dipped to -14 degrees. The entire area was sitting between -10 and -14, just amazingly cold temperatures for this far south. Pictures of frozen waterfalls began to appear all over the social media scene. Unfortunately for me, work would not allow me to break away for a short while. Read the rest of this entry »

Waterfall List To Begin 2014   Leave a comment

Skinny Dip FallsCullasaja FallsRainbow FallsWaterfalls Park - Newland, NCHooker Falls
Waterfall #2 at The Blue HoleSilver Run FallsYellow Branch FallsHigh Falls in Dupont State Forest in very high waterLinville Falls - Plunge Basin ViewElk River Falls
Toms Creek FallsIMG_3068Compression Falls along Elk River just over the NC/State Line in TnThe CascadesThe Blue HoleDill Falls
First Visit to Courthouse FallsMoravian FallsUpper Catawba FallsUpper FallsHigh Shoals FallsRoaring Fork Falls

Waterfall List, a set on Flickr.

With a fine New Years Day hike now compete and 2 new waterfalls to start the year, it is time to post the updated list of waterfalls visited. Now up to 90, surely 100 will come in 2014. I have also went in and replaced a number of waterfalls with better photos. This will continue to be a work in progress. Thank you for looking and hope you enjoy!

Posted January 5, 2014 by Chris Berrier in Hiking

Yellow Branch Falls – A Special 2014 New Years Day Hike   2 comments

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Happy 2014!! I like to get out on New Years Day for a hike, weather permitting always. Living in the constantly changing NC climate, one never knows what gifts the weather will bring us for the holidays. For example, less than 2 weeks ago we were waking to temperatures in the high 60′s, on their way to the upper 70′s in December, crazy. Now as I write this, the afternoon high will not leave the 20′s with single digit nights ahead. With all of this in mind, when it comes to winter hiking, I look south. The mountains of southern NC and northern SC can be 10-15 degrees warmer than some of the places further north that I favor in warmer months. For my New Years Day hike, I wanted some place relatively warm and a beautiful waterfall I had not yet seen. After some research, I chose the Yellow Branch Falls.

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