A Lazy Day in Little Switzerland and Grassy Creek Falls

Grassy Creek Falls

I had it all planned out! A cloudy forecasted Saturday in the high country with showers around meant that I was going to get some wonderful photographs of waterfalls on this day. I headed west into the clouds with great anticipation.

As it sometimes works out however, when one tries to outsmart Mother Nature, it is he who ends up getting outsmarted. The further west I went, the thinner the clouds became. As I reached my I-40 exit in Marion, it was all bright and sunny. This was not in the forecast. I pushed on…hoping it was some temporary sunny lapse in the hot, humid, unstable air mass that had a 60% chance of storms out on the table. My first destination was to be Toms Creek Falls. When I got there, it was as crowded as I have ever seen it, the sun was bright, and the water was even low. image
The photo was horrible. I decided to let the sunbathers and swimmers have this one to themselves today and I moved on. My next drive took me up NC 226A towards the Blue Ridge Parkway. I usually take the regular NC 226 but curiosity got the best of me this time. This “alternate” route had all kinds of warning signs for particular vehicles to not use. The weather was nice, so I toured it. Aside from being 3 times as long, and a constant 35 mph, it was a nice drive. It was not nearly the treacherous trek I perceived it to be. I learned of a number of lodges, shops, and restaurants in Little Switzerland that I was not aware of, some with nice views. With the sky continuing to become more blue and bright, I decided to stop and have lunch at one of my favorite lunch destinations…..Mountain View Restaurant. I needed to re-evaluate the weather and my plans, along with a tasty pretzel bun burger and sweet potato fries…..mmmm… If you ever visit here, make sure and eat on the deck. The views and cool mountain breezes are spectacular! The food is pretty tasty as well!
As I finished lunch, I had all but given up on getting good photos on this day. Since I was close, I would just hike to Grassy Creek Falls, call it a day and head home. I new it would be somewhat shaded, and I always enjoy this place. I discovered it about 2 years ago and it has been one of my favorites ever since. My first take on it in 2012…


imageimageGrassy Creek Falls
The hike was as expected. It was a very nice peaceful downhill walk to the waterfall. There are 3 hand cut and painted signs nailed into the trees along the way with some interesting mountain-inspired quotes. The water was low here as well. While we have been getting hammered here in the piedmont, it seems the mountains have been a little more hit and miss with recent storms. That was fine, because I enjoyed sitting at the base watching the multiple small streams fall and splash off the rocks they came into contact with for a good half hour. The hike back will get most people sweating, but it is reasonably short! Here is a short video of the waterfall!

This hike was nearly 2 miles round trip. Here is a map of the walk.image


Author: waterfallshiker

I gave up the video game playing, TV watching lifestyle years back now. There just had to be more to life. I discovered a love for waterfalls on Christmas day 2008, at Elk River Falls in Elk Park NC. While not initially realizing it, this opened a whole new world, and lifestyle for me. I now love to spend my free time, hiking to waterfalls, and mountain tops in search of pristine views. This has also led me to a love of photography and blogging. While i am still not an expert at either several years in to this, I love the challenges that both offer me. I see my skills getting better at both as time goes by. Sharing what I see via social media brings me great joy. I love the feedback, good and bad. I love to see what others are able to show as well. I created my blog "WaterfallsHiker", originally to just help myself keep up with my travels, not really with any real purpose in mind. After 2 years on this blog, I see that It has evolved into a combination of an information site, and a place to show off my progress as an amateur photographer. I try to do it all and include some bits of my personality as well. It is something I really enjoy doing. When I am not working on this hobby, I can be found on a golf course, spending time with my beautiful fiance and her daughter, or working my 40 hours a week at Costco.

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