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

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Always one of my favorite places to stop, at Toms Creek Falls. Here is a nice trail report from Cassandra at http://www.blueridgencguide.com

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

Originally posted on Fabulous 50's:

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…

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

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

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Unique tunnels make the area fun to explore…

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Checking into our rustic cabin, we were…

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Posted October 17, 2014 by waterfallshiker in Hiking

Secret Falls   1 comment

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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

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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   2 comments

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As the summer comes to a close, I am trying to get in as many new waterfalls as I can. There is something about hiking to new waterfalls, and all of the “unknown” factors that come with them. Summer just seems to be the time to explore new areas. I have many waterfalls 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

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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

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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

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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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McGalliard Falls   1 comment

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Driving to and from the mountains near and past Asheville can be a long, and tiring ride from the piedmont. The waterfalls, mountains, peaks, trails, wildlife, and views continues to call my name though. Driving I-40 is the quickest most direct way there for me. It tends to be a fairly level and a straight route that runs east to west..along the south side of our mountains, until Old Fort where it must make quite a climb. Some of the towns in this level section include Statesville, Hickory, Morganton and Marion. I have to admit that when I learned of a waterfall that was about halfway between Morganton and Hickory, NC., and that it also was just off of I-40 and in the city, I was somewhat interested but not terribly excited. How good could it be after all? Being in the lower elevations, I expected some 10-15 foot waterfall like the ones that surround me in the piedmont. One day coming home from South Mountains State Park, I made an effort to ride by and see this “city waterfall” named McGalliard Falls. Wow! It was much nicer than I anticipated. I was pleasantly shocked and surprised. I like when it works out like that. Now, I try to visit this on a regular basis coming home from the Asheville area, time permitting of course.

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Moravian Falls   1 comment

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Moravian Falls is a very nice waterfall that is located just at the foothills of the Brushy Mountains. This means good ole Wilkes County, NC. Wilkes county is not known for waterfalls , but mainly the town of Wilkesboro. Wilkesboro is known to be “Where the mountains begin”.

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