After spending some time on the last weekend in March hiking to D.E.W. Falls, and Johns Jump….(waterfallshiker/johns jump/d.e.w.falls), I still had time for more exploring. Johns Jump and D.E.W. Falls didn’t take much time to get to and I still wanted to make an attempt to see Twin Falls on the Thompson River. Read the rest of this entry »
What to do with a bright sunny day? As I have made more and more progress in my photography, I find myself avoiding beautiful sunny days to go out hiking, more and more. Early on, it was the only kind of day that I wanted to go out on. Now, I find myself looking at 10 day forecasts, searching for the cloudy days where the rain chance is minimal. These are the days I fully expect to get some opportunities for good pictures. Sunny days…are now left for exploring new waterfalls. Read the rest of this entry »
Just reminiscing some older Elk River memories. I need to head back to Compression Falls to get better photos and to finally see Twisting Falls.
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This past Saturday, I took time to revisit the river where my love for waterfalls began. This meant a trip to the North Carolina-Tennessee state line area, just south and west of Boone, NC. This was a visit to the Elk River. About 6 or 7 years ago, while visiting family in Newland, NC for Christmas, 2 of my younger cousins had a wonderful idea. It just happened to be a warm spell in Newland and the temperature on Christmas day was 50 degrees, a heat wave for Newland. I was asked if I wanted to ride to see a waterfall….my answer was…why not??
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It’s hard to believe that it has been 3 years since I made my first trip to Jones Falls in extreme eastern Tennessee. I first visited here in February of 2012 after reading some interesting blogs about other waterfall opportunities that existed right there starting at Elk Falls, in Elk Park, NC. Read the rest of this entry »
Shame on me…I am about to let the seasons change without sharing one of my favorite new waterfalls visited this winter. Between hiking trips, working some overtime, ACC basketball, and trying to learn more about using Lightroom and Photoshop, I have gotten somewhat behind on keeping up with my blogs. Now that ice waterfalls season is all but over, and waiting for the green of spring to arrive, I will have a little time to catch up. Read the rest of this entry »
I nearly missed this opportunity! As we suffered through one of the coldest periods in recent memory, wonderful photos of normal waterfalls transformed into unique ice sculptures, carved only by the fastest of the moving waters began to show on Social Media everywhere. I had a Sunday all set up to get out into the far southwest NC, and a rough list of 10-12 waterfalls that I planned to visit. Read the rest of this entry »
After spending an incredible afternoon viewing a photographing the Living Waters Waterfalls, I had time for maybe 1 more closeby waterfall before I had to head for home. I was only a few miles down the highway from where Forest Rd 140 met up with NC 215 at the Courthouse Creek Bridge. I had planned on driving right past it, assuming it would be closed like many other forest roads in winter. I was pleasantly surprised to see it open, and my 2nd trip to Courthouse Falls began. Read the rest of this entry »
Well, if the recent 60’s weren’t enough, today we hit the low 70’s, in February…Crazy! There was no way that I was not going to find a way to get out and enjoy this. My choice today was Stone Mountain State Park. Stone Mountain State Park is one of my favorite places to hike, especially during the week. The location is very close to the triad where I live. The park sits just at the edge of the Blue Ridge escarpment. The elevation at the summit is only 2305, and the temperatures here while a tad cooler than the triad, tend to be similar to that of lower elevations, which makes it a prime hiking spot in the winter. This park was one of the original places that I began hiking so it holds a special place with me. I can not think of another hike that offers more variety in it! Read the rest of this entry »
If you ever find yourself traveling through east central Tennessee along I-40 and are itching to see just one awesome Tennessee waterfall, I have a perfect one for your consideration. Ozone Falls, is a very picturesque 110 foot waterfall with wide amphitheater like cliffs surrounding it on both sides. The water drops into a beautiful green pool. I read on the official website, that scenes from the “The Jungle Book” were filmed here. Even better, it is only 4 miles from I-40……with minimal hiking! It’s not officially a “roadside” waterfall, but it is the next best thing! Read the rest of this entry »
2015 has gotten off to a slow start for me. I am usually very busy in early January at my job, and this year was no exception. After going weeks without seeing a waterfall, living vicariously through the Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram posts of others, I was dying to get out. On the weekend of Friday 1/23 and Saturday 1/24/15, I was able to do just that. I love the waterfalls of my home state of North Carolina. While I spent some additional time in 2014 exploring South Carolina and Virginia waterfalls, I have vowed to spend more time in 2015 to the Waterfalls of Tennessee. This will require more driving for me and most likely some overnight trips. Overnight Waterfall Road Trip….sounds great, I’m in!! Read the rest of this entry »