A Special Hike Along The Horsepasture River 

  

The Horsepasture River in southwest NC runs but a short distance at a little over 18 miles long, before in emptys into Lake Jocasse in northern South Carolina.  Even shorter is the 4.5 mile section from NC 281 to Lake Jocasse that is designated a wild and scenic river.  In this stretch of river is 6 named & famed waterfalls, tons of smaller falls and rapids that would might get names on most streams, and some of the prettiest waterfall scenery that North Carolina has to offer.  This area receives a ton of rainfall.  Gorges State Park, where the Rainbow Falls Trailhead is located, receives over 80 inches of rain per year.  That’s a lot of water running down the hills, and the Horsepasture usually has a very healthy flow of water.  Of the 6 names falls, 4 of them are fairly safe to reach, Stairway Falls, Rainbow Falls, Turtleback Falls, and Drift Falls (viewable from the edge of pool only due to private property).   Continue reading “A Special Hike Along The Horsepasture River “

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Wild & Wonderful West Virginia

  

Wild & Wonderful West Virginia…really sounds like a great place, and it is.  West Virginia is loaded with waterfalls. I do not know why until this point, I have only made 1 visit into this area.   From my location in west-central North Carolina, the waterfalls of West Virginia are the same distance, is some cases closer than the waterfalls of North & South Carolina.  This is an exciting discovery for me and my future exploration of new waterfalls.  I like to mix it up, and  visit different areas.  My trip on this late April day was to ride into West Virginia, see one of the most popular, photographed waterfalls in West Virginia, Cathedral Falls, keep heading northeast to Blackwater Falls State Patk, then head back home to North Carolina via a route through Virginia.  My route chosen in Virginia came included some nearby waterfall options as well.  It would largely depend on time.   Continue reading “Wild & Wonderful West Virginia”

Twin Falls, South Carolina in the Spring

  

Twin Falls in northern South Carolina is spectacular.  As my waterfall list nears the 150 mark now, Twin Falls remain a solid top 10 pick in my favorites list.  It’s really a combination of what a great waterfall and scene this is, the ease of access, and a very central location in an area very rich with waterfalls.  The walk to this one is short, 10-15 minutes and easy.  It is located in a nature preserve area.  The trail is in excellent shape. To top it off, there is a nice covered shelter once you reach the waterfall that is perfectly located for some great photos.  If the weather cooperates, and the rocks are dry, this one is fun to get out on and explore the individual falls closer up. On this day in late April though, it was a gray day with some recent rains and it the rocks were too wet for my feet.  The main challenge here is finding the location by car.  One of my favorite websites for directions to South Carolina waterfall is www.sctrails.net.  They provide directions to about 25 South Carolina waterfalls and Twin Falls is on their list.  Continue reading “Twin Falls, South Carolina in the Spring”