Soco Falls June 2015 – Some Improvements

  

There is good news to be reported from Soco Falls.  There have been some improvements to the treacherous trail that leads down to the base.  It is hard to describe what all they have done.  The ropes have been replaced for one.  Also, it appears that work either has been done or is in progress to make the descent more of a “rock steps” if you will.  I simply remember the last time I was there, the climb down was more of a mud path that was quite slick.  In fact the last time I was there, a lady had fallen off the side of the trail. Here is the link to that trip report: Soco Falls – Still Beautiful, Still Dangerous. Continue reading “Soco Falls June 2015 – Some Improvements”

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Setrock Creek Falls – June Quick Hike

For prints, please click here: Setrock Creek Falls – Fine Art America . 

I visited Setrock Creek Falls recently, on the same deary day that I visited Roaring Fork Falls. These 2 waterfalls are usually always visited together as they are both off the same turnoff from NC Hwy 80. While Setrock Creek Falls is considerably higher at 75 feet than Roaring Fork Falls, which sits around 40 feet, I still consider Roaring Fork Falls to be the main attraction here, due to water flow. The picture above was taken in an ideal situation, on a cloudy, foggy day with a good deal of recent rain. A hike during drier times could leave viewers disappointed. Continue reading “Setrock Creek Falls – June Quick Hike”

Hiking Trails: GRASSY CREEK FALLS, Little Switzerland

Here is a great recent trip report to Grassy Creek Falls on Blue Ridge NC Guide!

Blue Ridge NC Guide

Hidden away on private property in Little Switzerland is this jewel of a waterfall, Grassy Creek Falls. This trail is a bit interesting because unlike many of the other waterfalls trails in the area that are maintained by the NPS, the majority of the trail to see these falls is a private street, and there’s no real viewing platform at the bottom of the trail.

The trailhead itself is very easy to find. The road is helpfully named Grassy Creek Falls Road, and there is a sign at the beginning of the road indicating where you may park and how far down you are allowed to park. From here, you’re on your feet.

Parking area signpost at Grassy Creek Falls Parking area signpost at Grassy Creek Falls

The first part of Grassy Creek Falls Trail is a wide gravel road with a very light downward slope. You’ll walk by private residences on one side and hear the…

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Glen Burney Falls & Trail

  

What a day for a hike along New Years Creek!  I have been here several times prior to this visit with very little to show for it.  It was too bright one visit.  The water was too low another visit.  The first time I hiked the Glen Burney Trail, I had only an iPhone camera.  Needless to say, my photos of this waterfall have not been the highlights of my galleries.  Last fall , a fellow hiker/photographer named Thomas Mabry, aka “The Honey Badger” posted a unique photo with a composition unlike any I had seen to this point.  It really stuck with me.   It made me really want to come back to Glen Burney Falls and take some photos from some new angles, and give this waterfall another, better effort.  I  decided the next time I hike the Glen Burney Trail in Blowing Rock, I would try to find the location that he had used.   Continue reading “Glen Burney Falls & Trail”

Roaring Fork Falls – A Dreary June Hike

Roaring Fork Falls
A Dreary Day at Roaring Fork Falls? Doesn’t sound very enticing..does it?. It was a foggy, damp, and cool day for June in the Pisgah National Forest at the base of Mount Mitchell.  The temperature on my car was a blazing 56 degrees at the parking area. It wasn’t exactly “swimming” weather.  It wasn’t raining at the moment, but it was very wet outside.  The visibility was also very low.  I had just driven up one of North Carolina’s craziest mountain drives to get here, climbing NC HWY 80 in a thick peasoup like fog, with wet roads.  Any that have traveled this road know it is challenging enough to drive on a dry sunny day.  What in the world would I be doing this for?  To catch Roaring Fork Falls at its finest presentation.  See the picture above. Continue reading “Roaring Fork Falls – A Dreary June Hike”