Log Hollow Falls and Falls on Tributary Streams   2 comments

 For my last Hiking Day of 2015, I was somewhat unsure of where I would go.  It was going to be a solo hike today, so I wasn’t up for anything too extreme.  As I chatted online with some of the fellow Waterfall Chasers that I have hiked with over the last 6 months, I was flat out called out .  I was asked where I was on my WC100 list and why I wasn’t necessarily working on that.  My answer didn’t impress and I was was just told that I need to focus and get it together….lol. So I pulled out the list and found 3 waterfalls in the Davidson River/Looking Glass Rock area that I need to see for the first time.  On my last venture into this area, I left with a sprained knee that kept me off the trail for a month last summer.  I had to end the day with some progress on the list though, so off I went .  Two waterfalls would be checked off the list on this first hike of the day, to Log Hollow Falls and Tributaries.
I was surprised as to how easy Log Hollow Falls was. From the US 64/US 276/NC 280 intersection in Brevard, NC., head north on US 276 for 10 miles passing Looking Glass Falls (Stop Here If Not Too Crowded), Moore Cove Falls (Another Beauty), and Sliding Rock.  Look for a left turn on FR 475B.  Drive about 1 1/2 miles up, down and around a twisting forest gravel road for another, gated Forest Road 5043.  There will be a big brown information sign on the right.  Do not block road when you park.    Read the rest of this entry »

Posted January 16, 2016 by waterfallshiker in Hiking

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Dismal Falls – Autumn 2015    3 comments

Dismal Falls

Dismal Falls was amazing!  It’s hard to imagine someone naming a waterfall “Dismal Falls”.  Why would anyone want to see something “Dismal”.  Well, Dismal just happens to be the name of the creek that this amazing waterfall lies on, hence the name “Dismal Falls”.   I was fortunate enough to visit 2 waterfalls named “Dismal” in 2015.  The first was a 15 foot multi-level cascade in SW Virginia near the Cascades, which was very easy to get to.  Then, there is this one in the Panthertown Valley region of North Carolina.  The difficulty goes way up with this one, but so to does the reward. Jim Bob Tinsley wrote in his legendary book “Land of Waterfalls” ….”One of the most foreboding places in the Southern Appalachian Mountains is Dismal Creek in Transylvania County”.   That alone is enough to scare most people away, and certainly worth taking note of….for those that are not.   Read the rest of this entry »

Posted January 15, 2016 by waterfallshiker in Hiking, North Carolina, Panthertown Valley

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Station Cove Falls – 2016 Winter Hike   1 comment

 Station Cove Falls is a beautiful 60 foot set of cascades that starts as one drop and then splits into two.  The  group and I, after completing the  primary hike to Sids Falls on Shoulder Bone Branch, had enough energy and daylight for 1 more waterfall.  There wasn’t much time left on these short days when the sun goes down at 5 pm, so we had to choose something fairly short.  Brasstown Falls was closeby, and we actually drove right by Yellow Branch and Issaqueena Falls.  We settled on Station Cove Falls, just outside of Walhalla, SC.
This is a short 1/2 mile hike that is about as easy as mountain hiking gets.  The first half of the hike is along and just above a swamp.  You wouldn’t think a waterfall was anywhere near this place.  Once around the swamp, the landscape changes quickly as the hills rise on each side of you. The fence and info board roughly mark the changing of the landscape.  Read the rest of this entry »

Sids Falls – First Waterfall of 2016   4 comments


What a magnificent way to begin 2016!  A new waterfall for me and beautiful one at that.  I missed out on hiking New Years Day this new year of 2016.  My first hike and first waterfall occurred shortly after though,  on January 3rd .   The destination for my first hike of 2016 was Sids Falls, a gorgeous 50 foot cascade in extreme NW South Carolina, minutes from the Georgia state line. After record breaking heat through the entire month of December, the New Year rushed  in with stiff northwesterly winds that brought us all back to reality.  Hiking in South Carolina in the winter usually brings the added benefit of being warmer than the waterfall hikes in NC, and we were able to make it here on a day when the forecast high was to be near 60. This helped take the edge off the 30s and 40s experienced New Year’s Day and weekend in NC.  Read the rest of this entry »

Waterfall on Garrett Creek   Leave a comment


The Waterfall on Garrett Creek is a very nice, peaceful  roadside waterfall in SW Virginia, a few miles northwest of Abingdon.  It is set along a wooded stream where the waterfall becomes about 4 times as wide as the stream.    It is also on private property, so it will need to be viewed, enjoyed, and/or photographed from the road, which is public.  The good news is that the view from the road is very good.  If you are visiting waterfalls in SW Virginia, this one is worth adding to your list. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted January 5, 2016 by waterfallshiker in Hiking

White Water Falls   2 comments

Here is a wonderful and colorful image of the upper section of Whitewater Falls!

Duane Pandorf

White Water Falls

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Posted November 1, 2015 by waterfallshiker in Hiking

Big Falls on the Thompson River Trip Report…Finally!   2 comments

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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 »

Posted October 3, 2015 by waterfallshiker in Hiking

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Moonshine Falls – First Visit 08/16/15 – Get Your Shine On   2 comments

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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 »

The Long Road To Bald River Falls, Baby Falls, and Some Bush Beans On The Side   6 comments

  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 Dills…Dill Falls & Upper Dill Falls   Leave a comment

  

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 »