Falling Springs Falls

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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…somewhat less abundant than in my home state of North Carolina, and in Tennessee. I have now found my way to 6 up here, and they have been most 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.  Some other trips into Virginia included hikes to Cobweb Falls, Little Stony Falls and the Waterfall on Logan Creek.  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. It is said that Thomas Jefferson was once enchanted with this place, I can surely see why!

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McGalliard Falls

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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.

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Moravian Falls

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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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Throwback Thursday – Remembering The Beautiful, Brutal Harper Creek – Raider Camp Trails Loop

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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.

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The Waterfalls of Gragg Prong

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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.

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Fall Creek and Coon Creek Falls, Tennessee

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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Fall Creek Falls (left) and Coon Creek Falls (right) in December 2009

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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Regional History: BUILDING THE BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY

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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