It’s been a long time coming! Wow & Finally….are the only two words that come to mind! Big Falls on the Thompson River has been the #1 waterfall on my “Waterfalls to See” list for years now. Early on, I got High Falls at DuPont, Rainbow Falls in Gorges, and Whitewater Falls off the list pretty quick. These seemed to be some of the big waterfalls in North Carolina that newbies can all get checked off pretty easy. Big Falls on the Thompson is a different story. The difficulty goes up several notches. Back then, and still these days, I relied heavily on Waterfall Rich’s site www.ncwaterfalls.com. If you scroll down his impressive list of waterfalls to the one for Big Falls, it is clear that not only is this one of his favorite waterfalls, but also that the trek there is NOT to be taken lightly. It is long. It is steep. It is potentially dangerous. There are river crossings that must made. Me being primarily a solo hiker and photographer for years, I have kept putting this one off. I have always planned on going , but reading Rich’s report, this trip was not going to be made until conditions were optimal. Optimal conditions and open availability rarely seem to happen at the same time. Read the rest of this entry »
This days hiking destination was to be Moonshine Falls, a 40 foot drop from an overhanging cliff with a lot of room behind the falls. I have wanted to visit here for some time now. I knew the waterfall wasn’t particularly big or on a large flow stream. It is one of the Carolina Mountain Club’s WC100’s waterfalls that I have yet to visit. It also has a very unique feature. Behind the waterfall on the left side are the rusty remains of some 55 gallon drums and some tubing that was once part of a moonshine operation many years back. Hence the name…Moonshine Falls. It is not often a pile of trash at a waterfall is something one would want to see, but this one gives this waterfall some added character, and leaves one to wonder what it must have been like. I searched for some history on the web, but couldn’t come up with much. Read the rest of this entry »
Bald River Falls has been high on my list of “waterfalls to see” for some time now. This 90 foot high waterfall on a large volume stream has a very unique, defined look and has been calling my name. I’ve also known that this is a roadside waterfall. So what in the world has taken me so long to find my way here? The drive…simply put. Bald River Fall sits in southeastern Tennessee near a town called Tellico Plains. With me coming from central North Carolina, the drive to get here is over 5 1/2 hours. This is enough time for me to drive to Atlanta and have dinner as well. What gives? It’s all about those Great Smoky Mountains. There are 2 ways for me to make it here: Drive up, over, and around the Great Smokies well into Tennessee, and arrive at Bald River Falls from the west. The other option is to shave a ton of miles off and drive a more direct route through and over the Smokies. The rough terrain though makes this much shorter route nearly the same amount of time as the long way. Obviously I needed to plan this out, stay a night, and take my time and enjoy this area. Read the rest of this entry »
The popularity of the waterfalls along or close to NC Hwy 215 has grown tremendously over the last decade. The stretch of highway 215 between US 64 near Rosman, and the intersection with the Blue Ridge Parkway is famous for the waterfalls at the Living Waters Ministries, Courthouse Falls, and the somewhat lesser known Dills. There are also a good number of waterfalls north of the Blue Ridge Parkway on or near NC 215, but this article will be all about the Dills. The Dills are the waterfalls closest to the Blue Ridge Parkway (between the BRP south to U.S. 64), and also the easiest to drive right past and totally miss. Read the rest of this entry »
It had been a wonderful July waterfall weekend. After a month since my last waterfall visit, I was eager to get out this weekend and see all that I could. For the last waterfall on Sunday afternoon, I chose to visit Cedar Rock Falls as I was making my way through Brevard, NC. Cedar Rock Falls is a 20 foot waterfall that lies just off the Cat Gap Loop Trail in the Pisgah National Forest. It is fairly close to Looking Glass Falls. This is a waterfall that I had yet to see and is also one listed on Carolina Moutain Club’s Waterfall 100 challenge. I could have….and probably should have just drove through Brevard and headed home, but the close location and the nice afternoon cloud cover that had developed convinced me to see one more. Read the rest of this entry »
There is good news to be reported from Soco Falls. There have been some improvements to the treacherous trail that leads down to the base. It is hard to describe what all they have done. The ropes have been replaced for one. Also, it appears that work either has been done or is in progress to make the descent more of a “rock steps” if you will. I simply remember the last time I was there, the climb down was more of a mud path that was quite slick. In fact the last time I was there, a lady had fallen off the side of the trail. Here is the link to that trip report: Soco Falls – Still Beautiful, Still Dangerous. Read the rest of this entry »
For prints, please click here: Setrock Creek Falls – Fine Art America .
I visited Setrock Creek Falls recently, on the same deary day that I visited Roaring Fork Falls. These 2 waterfalls are usually always visited together as they are both off the same turnoff from NC Hwy 80. While Setrock Creek Falls is considerably higher at 75 feet than Roaring Fork Falls, which sits around 40 feet, I still consider Roaring Fork Falls to be the main attraction here, due to water flow. The picture above was taken in an ideal situation, on a cloudy, foggy day with a good deal of recent rain. A hike during drier times could leave viewers disappointed. Read the rest of this entry »
Here is a great recent trip report to Grassy Creek Falls on Blue Ridge NC Guide!
Originally posted on Blue Ridge NC Guide:
Hidden away on private property in Little Switzerland is this jewel of a waterfall, Grassy Creek Falls. This trail is a bit interesting because unlike many of the other waterfalls trails in the area that are maintained by the NPS, the majority of the trail to see these falls is a private street, and there’s no real viewing platform at the bottom of the trail.
The trailhead itself is very easy to find. The road is helpfully named Grassy Creek Falls Road, and there is a sign at the beginning of the road indicating where you may park and how far down you are allowed to park. From here, you’re on your feet.
The first part of Grassy Creek Falls Trail is a wide gravel road with a very light downward slope. You’ll walk by private residences on one side and hear the…
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What a day for a hike along New Years Creek! I have been here several times prior to this visit with very little to show for it. It was too bright one visit. The water was too low another visit. The first time I hiked the Glen Burney Trail, I had only an iPhone camera. Needless to say, my photos of this waterfall have not been the highlights of my galleries. Last fall , a fellow hiker/photographer named Thomas Mabry, aka “The Honey Badger” posted a unique photo with a composition unlike any I had seen to this point. It really stuck with me. It made me really want to come back to Glen Burney Falls and take some photos from some new angles, and give this waterfall another, better effort. I decided the next time I hike the Glen Burney Trail in Blowing Rock, I would try to find the location that he had used. Read the rest of this entry »