Slick Rock Falls

First entry in some time, this one is about Slick Rock Falls near Brevard, NC. 2018 was a record year for rainfall in North Carolina and 2019 has been much like 2018 through the first half anyway… In April, I made the trip to Brevard, NC on a day in which the French Broad River had flooded many areas. I was forced to turn around several times….and abandon certain waterfalls that were the original plan. Eventually, I found myself riding up US 276 past the popular Looking Glass Falls and turning left on the Forest Road FR 475B. I was considering Discovery Falls or Log Hollow Falls. As I got close to this area, the sky opened completely up on a day in which the heavy rain was forecast to have already moved out of the area. It was also about 38 degrees so I kind of kept driving past this area as well. FR 475B, if taken from US 276 is pretty much all downhill, and pretty soon I drove up on Slick Rock Falls.

Slick Rock Falls is viewable from the forest road with a parking area on the right, just before you get to it. It can be enjoyed from the road, or a short trail that begins on the left, will lead you directly to the base. As I mentioned, there had been a ton of rain and this waterfall, that sometimes resembles just a wet rock in dryer times, was flowing very nicely today. I was quite excited to see it like this as I have never seen it flow like this.

Slick Rock Falls

For such a cold and nasty day, there was a surprising number of people here, like 6-8 folks all doing the same thing as me, chasing waterfalls on a crazy day. These are the exact kind of conditions however that allows the best chances at catching the best photo.

It is worth mentioning that there is a cave on the other side from where the trail leads to, but it was way too wet and the water was way too high to try and scramble across to it, another trip for another day.

A Very Wet Hike At The Wilds

One of the great things about social media, is the opportunity to meet people and make new friends with people of similar hobby interests. I know there is plenty wrong with social media, but this story isn’t about that. Long story short, after chatting with someone on a Instagram post of mine, we agreed to meet and hike to English Falls. Shortly after, this person invited me for a day hike at a place called The Wilds. Read more

Lower Bearwallow Falls

The last weekend of April 2017 brought me a chance to see Lower Bearwallow Falls in Gorges State Park.  I have had this one high on my “Waterfalls To See” List for years now.  It is said to be a difficult, long hike, one that should be researched and planned ahead of time.  The opportunity was there several years back but I had other plans.  Once the idea was put before me in spring 2017, I was all over it. Read more

Pot Branch Falls

Pot Branch Falls is a beautiful, yet small 3 tier waterfall, well tucked away in the South Mountain Game Lands.  After attempting to visit the waterfalls of South Mountains State Park, only to find the rather large parking area totally full on a cool 50 degree day, I opted for a plan B.  What exactly was plan B?  Wasn’t quite sure yet.   I was definitely not in the mood for nearly 100 people all at the waterfall at the same time.   As I left the park, pondering where to go next, I stopped at the bridge over Jacobs Fork River. Just upstream is a small waterfall that has been well marked “No Trespassing”for as long as I have been waterfalling.  The signs that were here were large and clear….But on this day in spring 2017, they are gone. Does this mean that this track of River is now open to view?  I can’t answer that, but I decided to check it out anyway for further research….lol Read more

Gentry Creek Falls

I haven’t visited Gentry Creek Falls in NE Tennessee until 2017.  For some strange reason, I had it in my mind that the double Gentry Creek Falls were too far away for a day trip….. Also from what I was reading, they were extremely difficult to get to.  After finally doing some more in depth research on this one, I discovered I was way off.    It is in Tennessee….but just barely.  This waterfall was about as close to me as some other NE Tennessee Waterfalls I have previously visited, such as Laurel Creek Falls, The Blue Hole, Jones Falls, and Compression Falls.  The closest town Gentry Creek Falls is associated with is Laurel Bloomery, TN.  This is a tiny town near the place where the Tennessee, Virginia, and North Carolina state lines all meet.  Its very close to Damascus, Va  and Mountain City, Tn, and maybe 30 minutes from Boone, NC.  This one is actually pretty close for me.  I should have visited this one  long ago.

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The Waterfalls of Laurel Creek along West Virginia’s Scenic Ride Into The New River Gorge

On my first waterfall trip to West Virginia a few years back, I passed some waterfalls along WV 16 on my way to see Cathedral Falls in Gauley Bridge, along US 60. I wasn’t expecting these and was very pleasantly surprised.  There wasn’t much room to park alongside this twisty, narrow highway.  The spot that I did find was near the lower of the 2 waterfalls visible from the highway.  This one was more scenic than the upper waterfall in my opinion, but getting down to the base was no easy task.  The bank was steep, and littered with large loose rocks on a bank full of loose gravel.  In 2014 I did not make my way all the way down.  I was able to get a decent photo of the waterfall that grabbed my attention from the highway. Read more

Cove Creek Falls & The Surprisingly Beautiful Set of Cascades Along The Way

January 1, 2017, another New Year upon us and another opportunity for some memorable New Years Hikes.  Following the trend of the past few years, I set out for some “new to me” falls. There is no better place to look for new falls than on the “Carolina Mountain Club’s Waterfall Challenge 100” list that I am getting into the latter stages of.  I set out to find waterfall #78 of the 100, and Cove Creek Falls became the destination of#78.  Most of the ones left on the list for me to explore are in this area or the Great Smokies.  Finding it only required a little research into the 2 best resources for North Carolina Waterfalls….1)North Carolina Waterfalls Third Edition by Kevin Adams, and 2)www.northcarolinawaterfalls.com website by Rich Stevenson.  If one is unable  find the information for the  waterfall they seeketh on one of these two resources, chances are  the waterfall is either on private property, or doesn’t exist.   Read more

The Narrows of Eastatoe Creek

The Narrows of Eastatoe Creek is one of the waterfalls on the Carolina Mountain Club’s Waterfall Challenge 100 that I have been working, off and on to achieve the last several years.  This particular hike was a longer one at 5 miles round trip.  The majority of the hike is on a relatively (a few ups and downs)  flat forest road with just the  last section descending into the gorge and creek way, way below.  It cuts down the very steep mountainside through a series of switchbacks and well placed stairs.  It was nowhere close to being as strenuous as I had imagined it being.  At the end is a beautiful, elevated viewing deck with an unobstructed, although distant view of the very unique waterfall formation known as “The Narrows”.   Read more

Sweet Thing and Last Falls on Slickum Creek

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As I planned my last waterfall hike of 2016, I first chose the big one.  It came down between Pinnacle Falls and The Narrows on Eastatoe Creek, both in upstate SC along US 178.  I usually like to make a  full day so picked a few smaller, easy ones as well.  I planned to find and visit a small, delicate beauty known as Sweet Thing.  This one is a small 20 footer on Slickum Creek located just upstream from its crossing of  SC Highway 11.  Anyone that has visited the very popular Wildcat Wayside waterfall that is right along side the highway should also visit Sweet Thing.  I was quite surprised at how close the two were. Read more

Upper Creek Falls – 2016’s Best Autumn Waterfall

Upper Creek Falls
 

My best fall outing in 2016 came on October 20.  The season had been a let down for the most part due to the extremely warm and dry conditions most of the summer and fall.  I had an aggressive plan this year primarily based on the dates of some of my favorite photos from years past.  This…..was a strategical error on my part.  October 1 came with primarily green dominated landscapes.  Finally on the second half of October, color began to really pour in.  On Thursday 10/20, weather was an issue as it was to be the last day of temps in the 70s before the first real cool blast came in, dropping temps into the 40’s in the mountains for that Friday and Saturday.  I chose Upper Creek Falls, because, well most others didn’t.  I would also need to ride along the Blue Ridge Parkway, through the Linn Cove Viaduct  to get there.  After 2 failed attempts t see color in the Grandfather area of the Blue Ridge Parkway, maybe this day would be better.   Read more