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.
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.
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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Today is Throwback Thursday. I am reminiscing a trip I did just over 3 years ago, on July 30, 2011. I was a much less experienced hiker. I really hadn’t got too much into photography just yet, just my cell phone at the time, and a cheap point and shoot camera. Speaking of cell phones, I used the state of the art Apple Iphone 4 at the time. I was using an app called Everytrail to map my route, record my mileage, and record photos. It also had a place for a story on the trip. It was here that I began blogging, which led me later to WordPress.
I have wanted to visit the waterfalls of Gragg Prong for awhile now. This hike has been a long time coming! This is my 3rd attempt to drive up to the Wilson Creek Wilderness to hike the waterfalls of Gragg Prong this summer. My first 2 resulted in rain and thunderstorms that were heavy enough to send me off to another location.
I have heard so much about this place and some that are close to it. Tennessee is only 1 state away, so I plan to see this one soon and a few others to go with it.
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It’s not often that I get to describe two waterfalls at once, and I could probably describe them separately. That seems counter-intuitive, though, as you’re going to see both Fall Creek Falls and Coon Creek Falls at the same time, assuming Coon Creek Falls is flowing.
Fall Creek and Coon Creek Falls are very easy to view, as you can drive to a parking area which leads to a viewing platform. At just over 250′ tall, Fall Creek Falls is very impressive. Coon Creek Falls is thinner, but is still interesting. The day I visited, it was rather windy, and so the falls, especially Fall Creek, were being pushed from side to side. It was rather cool to watch!
If you’re interested, there is a trail that leads down to the base of the falls. Now, from what…
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Here is an excellent article written about the Blue Ridge Parkway from the “Blue Ridge NC Guide”. The “Scenic” as it was originally known, is very special to me and countless others. Some great history can be seen at the Cumberland Knob near the NC/Va line as well as a special view of Pilot Mountain. Cumberland Knob is the Blue Ridge Parkway’s oldest overlook, with lots of places for picnic and hiking. It shows some great pictures also of what the same landcscape looked like before the parkway. It was surprising.
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In the early 20th Century, there were very few National Parks in the eastern portion of the United States. Forward-thinking dreamers in the government purchased the lands for Shenandoah National Park and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in the late 1920’s, and that led to the idea of a plan for a scenic motor road that would connect the two parks and their respective states, Virginia and Tennessee.
In its beginnings, the project was originally known as the Appalachian Scenic Highway. Early plans for the roadway called for it to span three states: Virginia, North Carolina, and Tenneseee, but a specific route could not be planned until funding was secured in late 1933. A few months later, North Carolina and Tennessee began arguing about the end point of the road, and each state sent their own proposals followed by months of lobbying federal officials. Finally, in late 1934, after…
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After visiting Graveyard Fields on the Blue Ridge Parkway, I usually head south to the Devils Courthouse, enjoy the view here, and head south on NC 215. This leads about 20 miles, mostly all down hill back to US 64 just outside of Brevard, NC. This passes at least 3 wonderful waterfall access points leading to Dill & Upper Dill Falls, Courthouse Falls, and the wonderful waterfalls at Living Waters, which has one of the best double waterfall scenes around. One of my goals taking this route is simply to get back to Asheville, via Brevard , to head home to the east. Read the rest of this entry »
With a little spare time on my hands this week, I decided to go check out a waterfall that I learned was due north of Greensboro, NC. I found this one while reading a blog post from Mark Caskie on his “Line of Cedars” blog:
This means that I will actually be driving east, the one direction that usually is not used in waterfall directions from my location. Mayo River State Park is one of North Carolina’s newest state parks. With a few picnic areas, 2 short hiking trails, and a small fishing pond, I have to say that I was not overwhelmed by the options or scenery, especially compared to Hanging Rock State Park, which sits a few miles to the west. They are however in their infancy, and I am sure that better things are to come. They are headed in the right direction, because now …… They have a waterfall!
It’s been nearly 2 years since I wrote my first blog about Trash Can Falls. Since then, it has been my most viewed blog entry month after month. It can be seen here: http://waterfallshiker.com/2012/08/05/trash-can-falls/.
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