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”

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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 “

High Falls on the West Fork Tuckaseegee River Trip Report 4/18/15

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Most of the time, High Falls, or Cullowhee Falls as it is known to some is a nice, very tall 150 ft waterfall with a low flow. Today, 4/18/15 was the first scheduled dam release this season from Lake Glenvile, that transforms this pretty waterfall into one of the most powerful, raging waterfalls in North Carolina.  The dam release was set to be done at 10:00 am.  While I did not arrive in time to see the “transformation”,  I did get a good glance at the river in its regular flow, driving along NC 107.   Soon after leaving Sylva, NC along NC 107 heading south, the highway runs alongside the great Tuckaseegee River or “The Tuck”, as locals call it.  It’s a fairly wide mountain river with lots of water in it.  After driving through Cullowhee and Western Carolina University, NC 107 follows the river for miles into the small community of Tuckaseegee.  It’s here where the Tuckaseegee meets up with the West Fork of the Tuckaseegee River.  The West Fork was like a creek in size compared to the Tuckaseegee.  NC 107 switches here and follows the West Fork.  Continue reading “High Falls on the West Fork Tuckaseegee River Trip Report 4/18/15”

Twin Falls on the Thompson…..and a Slippery Witch

  After spending some time on the last weekend in March hiking to D.E.W. Falls, and Johns Jump….(waterfallshiker/johns jump/d.e.w.falls), I still had time for more exploring.  Johns Jump and D.E.W. Falls didn’t take much time to get to and I still wanted to make an attempt to see Twin Falls on the Thompson River. Continue reading “Twin Falls on the Thompson…..and a Slippery Witch”

Johns Jump & D.E.W. Falls 3/30/15

 

What to do with a bright sunny day?  As I have made more and more progress in my photography, I find myself avoiding beautiful sunny days to go out hiking, more and more.  Early on, it was the only kind of day that I wanted to go out on.  Now, I find myself looking at 10 day forecasts, searching for the cloudy days where the rain chance is minimal.  These are the days I fully expect to get some opportunities for good pictures.  Sunny days…are now left for exploring new waterfalls. Continue reading “Johns Jump & D.E.W. Falls 3/30/15”

Elk Falls to Jones Falls – The Return …3 Years Later



It’s hard to believe that it has been 3 years since I made my first trip to Jones Falls in extreme eastern Tennessee. I first visited here in February of 2012 after reading some interesting blogs about other waterfall opportunities that existed right there starting at Elk Falls, in Elk Park, NC. Continue reading “Elk Falls to Jones Falls – The Return …3 Years Later”

Ice Falls Day Trip 2015



I nearly missed this opportunity!  As we suffered through one of the coldest periods in recent memory, wonderful photos of normal waterfalls transformed into unique ice sculptures, carved only by the fastest of the moving waters began to show on Social Media everywhere.  I had a Sunday all set up to get out into the far southwest NC, and a rough list of 10-12 waterfalls that I planned to visit. Continue reading “Ice Falls Day Trip 2015”

Courthouse Falls Winter Hike 2/14/15

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After spending an incredible afternoon viewing a photographing the Living Waters Waterfalls, I had time for maybe 1 more closeby waterfall before I had to head for home. I was only a few miles down the highway from where Forest Rd 140 met up with NC 215 at the Courthouse Creek Bridge. I had planned on driving right past it, assuming it would be closed like many other forest roads in winter. I was pleasantly surprised to see it open, and my 2nd trip to Courthouse Falls began. Continue reading “Courthouse Falls Winter Hike 2/14/15”

Stone Mountain State Park Winter Hike

Well, if the recent 60’s weren’t enough, today we hit the low 70’s, in February…Crazy! There was no way that I was not going to find a way to get out and enjoy this. My choice today was Stone Mountain State Park. Stone Mountain State Park is one of my favorite places to hike, especially during the week. The location is very close to the triad where I live. The park sits just at the edge of the Blue Ridge escarpment. The elevation at the summit is only 2305, and the temperatures here while a tad cooler than the triad, tend to be similar to that of lower elevations, which makes it a prime hiking spot in the winter. This park was one of the original places that I began hiking so it holds a special place with me. I can not think of another hike that offers more variety in it! Continue reading “Stone Mountain State Park Winter Hike”

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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