Log Hollow Falls and Falls on Tributary Streams

 For my last Hiking Day of 2015, I was somewhat unsure of where I would go.  It was going to be a solo hike today, so I wasn’t up for anything too extreme.  As I chatted online with some of the fellow Waterfall Chasers that I have hiked with over the last 6 months, I was flat out called out .  I was asked where I was on my WC100 list and why I wasn’t necessarily working on that.  My answer didn’t impress and I was was just told that I need to focus and get it together….lol. So I pulled out the list and found 3 waterfalls in the Davidson River/Looking Glass Rock area that I need to see for the first time.  On my last venture into this area, I left with a sprained knee that kept me off the trail for a month last summer.  I had to end the day with some progress on the list though, so off I went .  Two waterfalls would be checked off the list on this first hike of the day, to Log Hollow Falls and Tributaries.
I was surprised as to how easy Log Hollow Falls was. From the US 64/US 276/NC 280 intersection in Brevard, NC., head north on US 276 for 10 miles passing Looking Glass Falls (Stop Here If Not Too Crowded), Moore Cove Falls (Another Beauty), and Sliding Rock.  Look for a left turn on FR 475B.  Drive about 1 1/2 miles up, down and around a twisting forest gravel road for another, gated Forest Road 5043.  There will be a big brown information sign on the right.  Do not block road when you park.    Continue reading “Log Hollow Falls and Falls on Tributary Streams”

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Dismal Falls – Autumn 2015 

Dismal Falls

Dismal Falls was amazing!  It’s hard to imagine someone naming a waterfall “Dismal Falls”.  Why would anyone want to see something “Dismal”.  Well, Dismal just happens to be the name of the creek that this amazing waterfall lies on, hence the name “Dismal Falls”.   I was fortunate enough to visit 2 waterfalls named “Dismal” in 2015.  The first was a 15 foot multi-level cascade in SW Virginia near the Cascades, which was very easy to get to.  Then, there is this one in the Panthertown Valley region of North Carolina.  The difficulty goes way up with this one, but so to does the reward. Jim Bob Tinsley wrote in his legendary book “Land of Waterfalls” ….”One of the most foreboding places in the Southern Appalachian Mountains is Dismal Creek in Transylvania County”.   That alone is enough to scare most people away, and certainly worth taking note of….for those that are not.   Continue reading “Dismal Falls – Autumn 2015 “

Station Cove Falls – 2016 Winter Hike

 Station Cove Falls is a beautiful 60 foot set of cascades that starts as one drop and then splits into two.  The  group and I, after completing the  primary hike to Sids Falls on Shoulder Bone Branch, had enough energy and daylight for 1 more waterfall.  There wasn’t much time left on these short days when the sun goes down at 5 pm, so we had to choose something fairly short.  Brasstown Falls was closeby, and we actually drove right by Yellow Branch and Issaqueena Falls.  We settled on Station Cove Falls, just outside of Walhalla, SC.
This is a short 1/2 mile hike that is about as easy as mountain hiking gets.  The first half of the hike is along and just above a swamp.  You wouldn’t think a waterfall was anywhere near this place.  Once around the swamp, the landscape changes quickly as the hills rise on each side of you. The fence and info board roughly mark the changing of the landscape.  Continue reading “Station Cove Falls – 2016 Winter Hike”

Sids Falls – First Waterfall of 2016


What a magnificent way to begin 2016!  A new waterfall for me and beautiful one at that.  I missed out on the usual New Years Day Hike to begin the year.  It wasn’t long though. My first hike and first waterfall occurred  on January 3rd .   The destination for this hike was to be Sids Falls, a gorgeous 55 foot cascade in extreme NW South Carolina, minutes from the Georgia state line. After experiencing a very warm, record breaking December,  the New Year rushed  in with stiff northwesterly winds that brought us all back to reality.  I prefer hiking in South Carolina in the winter, as it usually brings the added benefit of being warmer than the waterfall hikes in NC.  Even as the temps were on there way trending down,  we were still able to make it here on a day when the forecast high was to be near 60. This helped take the edge off the 30s and 40s experienced New Year’s Day and weekend in NC.  Continue reading “Sids Falls – First Waterfall of 2016”

Waterfall on Garrett Creek


The Waterfall on Garrett Creek is a very nice, peaceful  roadside waterfall in SW Virginia, a few miles northwest of Abingdon.  It is set along a wooded stream where the waterfall becomes about 4 times as wide as the stream.    It is also on private property, so it will need to be viewed, enjoyed, and/or photographed from the road, which is public.  The good news is that the view from the road is very good.  If you are visiting waterfalls in SW Virginia, this one is worth adding to your list. Continue reading “Waterfall on Garrett Creek”