Epic Tennessee Waterfall Trip

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2015 has gotten off to a slow start for me. I am usually very busy in early January at my job, and this year was no exception. After going weeks without seeing a waterfall, living vicariously through the Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram posts of others, I was dying to get out. On the weekend of Friday 1/23 and Saturday 1/24/15, I was able to do just that. I love the waterfalls of my home state of North Carolina. While I spent some additional time in 2014 exploring South Carolina and Virginia waterfalls, I have vowed to spend more time in 2015 to the Waterfalls of Tennessee. This will require more driving for me and most likely some overnight trips. Overnight Waterfall Road Trip….sounds great, I’m in!! Continue reading “Epic Tennessee Waterfall Trip”

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Mount Mitchell: Highest Peak East of the Rockies

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!!

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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?

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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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The Harpers!! North Harper Creek Falls & Harper Creek Falls

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.

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

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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Window Falls – Its All About That Ice

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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. Continue reading “Window Falls – Its All About That Ice”

Yellow Branch Falls – 2014’s First and Last Waterfall

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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. Continue reading “Yellow Branch Falls – 2014’s First and Last Waterfall”

Issaqueena Falls

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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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