Mount Mitchell: Highest Peak East of the Rockies   Leave a comment


Here is an interesting way to the summit of Mount Mitchell! I have been planning to hike the trail that begins in the Black Mountains Campground….this route though, starts on NC 128 which is the hey that takes you to the top of Mount Mitchell from the BRP!!

Originally posted on The Carolina Trekker:

Mount Mitchell is located in North Carolina in the Black Mountain range. It is known as the highest peak east of the Mississippi at 6,683 feet, but is actually the highest peak east of the Rocky Mountains. Think about it: To get to a mountain higher than Mount Mitchell, one would have to go to Colorado. This is what attracted me to make the hike. I’ve hiked in the Rockies. They’re majestic and beautiful. But, who wouldn’t want the experience and bragging rights of bagging Mount Mitchell? Especially since such a natural wonder is literally in my own backyard?

The Trailhead.

I hiked the Mountains To Sea Trail to the summit of Mitchell. Here are directions for finding the point of entry. Wherever you are, take the Blue Ridge Parkway and head toward Mile Marker 355.4. Depending on which way you come, you’ll see NC 128 and a sign directing…

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Posted January 22, 2015 by waterfallshiker in Hiking

The Harpers!! North Harper Creek Falls & Harper Creek Falls   Leave a comment


It’s hard to believe this post is nearly 3 years old now. Where is the time going so fast! I was hoping to get out today and enjoy this 60 degree January day in the Wilson Creek area, but could not get away from work.

Originally posted on Waterfalls Hiker:

Today, I took the opportunity to visit two of my favorite waterfalls in the Wilson Creek Wilderness: North Harper Creek Falls, and Harper Creek Falls. Similar names, but different waterfalls on different creeks. The weather for this spring day hike was fantastic, deep blue sky and temps about 60. It was a perfect day to hike. My decision for hiking to The Harpers was made due to a very special young lady named Harper Grace turning 1 today. I could not make it to Atlanta for her party, but I can hike to 2 waterfalls that could be…..named after her. (Lol) Happy Birthday Harper!!!

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Posted January 20, 2015 by waterfallshiker in Hiking

Window Falls & Hidden Falls – A Nice Short Stroll Through Hanging Rock State Park Along The MST (w/videos)   4 comments


Window Falls nearly a year ago to the date! Seeing this one all frozen up this past weekend was a real treat!

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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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Posted January 13, 2015 by waterfallshiker in Hiking

Window Falls – Its All About That Ice   3 comments


Usually, to see frozen waterfalls in Western NC, one must go further west and up in elevation. However, on our 4th night in a row of temps in the teens and single digits here in the lower elevations, I had a feeling that our small waterfalls at the nearby Hanging Rock State Park might just freeze up. It is a Sunday morning and is the last day of temps this cold, before rain and slightly warmer air moves in. So, I fought all instincts and got out of bed very early on a frigid morning and headed out just after the park opened at 7 am. I wasn’t expecting much company as it was 12 degrees in the visitor center parking lot. Read the rest of this entry »

Ash Cave Waterfall   Leave a comment

Originally posted on TonyParsley@OhioNature:

This is the little waterfall at Ash Cave in Hocking Hills. The recess cave is tremendous. The waterfall is several hundred feet tall and cascades in a light stream off of a beautiful cliff. Now that we have been below zero, heading back this weekend to see if it is frozen.

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Posted January 10, 2015 by waterfallshiker in Hiking

Yellow Branch Falls – 2014’s First and Last Waterfall   4 comments

Yellow Branch Falls made such an impact on me on New Years Day 2014, that I vowed to return. While I was there, I had a major problem trying to photograph this very wide waterfall. The widest lens I had was the 18-55 mm kit lens that came with the camera. This was ok in most of the scenarios I had been until that point. This particular waterfall, which is wider than it is tall, took numerous attempts from different positions to get most of it all in one photo. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted January 1, 2015 by waterfallshiker in Hiking, South Carolina, Videos, Waterfalls

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Issaqueena Falls   2 comments


Issaqueena Falls is a beautiful 100 foot waterfall, just 6 miles or so north of Walhalla, SC on HWY 28. I first noticed this waterfall on New Years Day 2014 on my first trip to Yellow Branch Falls. As I left Walhalla on SC Hwy 28 heading north, I could see a waterfall on the side of the mountain across the valley as HWY 28 began to climb. As I continued to climb, I came to my destination of Yellow Branch Falls and spent the afternoon there. However, directly across the Hwy 28 is the entrance into Issaqueena Falls. After driving down the mountain some from the entrance, I am pretty certain that Issaqueena Falls is what I was able see from SC 28.
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Reedy River Falls – Falls Park   2 comments


I was on my way to South Carolina this last weekend of 2014, on my way to the Walhalla area to see some waterfalls just north of town. This requires me to go through the beautiful city of Greenville, SC. I have spent some time here in the past on some work related projects. I never knew that there was a large, beautiful waterfall on the Reedy River right in the center of town. I must admit that I really wasn’t searching for them at that stage in my life either. I learned of this particular waterfall from viewing photos online, from some other waterfall seekers. While the idea of a waterfall in downtown Greenville doesn’t necessarily excite me, I was going to be driving right by it today. It was just a short detour from the interstate so I said “Why Not?” Read the rest of this entry »

Cobweb Falls – First Visit 12/20/14   2 comments


It’s the weekend before Christmas, and I still had some shopping to do. However, it is Super Saturday, a day that is supposed to be the busiest shopping day of the year in 2014, even surpassing Black Friday. The long checkout lines, driving around and around searching for parking places, gridlock jammed intersections? I certainly wanted NO part of it. I grabbed my gear and made off for the mountains. It was a beautifully dark and dreary day across the southeast, just perfect lighting conditions for some waterfall viewing and photography. There was a good deal of rain to be dealt with, but most of it was heading just south of my home region in North Carolina. In an effort to make this the best waterfall photo day that I could, I needed to remain locked in the clouds, but preferably dry. With all the rain to the south, I headed northwest, searching for waterfalls in SW Virginia! Read the rest of this entry »

Posted December 21, 2014 by waterfallshiker in Hiking

Raven Rock Falls – Jewel of the Upper Toxaway   1 comment


I have had Raven Rock Falls on my list for quite some time now. Accessed off of Cold Mountain Road (which runs from NC281, around Lake Toxaway, then up..towards Panthertown Valley), the first challenge is finding where to stop along this steep, winding Cold Mountain Rd, which fortunately is paved. I read from a very trustworthy site, NCWaterfalls, to drive 4.7 miles from NC 281, and look for telephone poles, in particular the one marked “61”.

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Posted December 7, 2014 by waterfallshiker in Hiking, Raven Rock Falls, Waterfalls

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