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Day 6: Fishing at Tumbling Waters Campground & Trout Pond. $4/lb. (we caught 2 trout and paid $6). All bait and fishing gear provided. Was supposed to rent a pontoon boat from Almond Boat Dock($150/4 hours) but rained all day.
It was raining when we woke up - but we weren't going to let it stop us! We did rearrange our plans to go either tubing in Deep Creek or rafting on ...
... br> Not knowing what to expect, we spoke with the ranger to get a feel for
the trails in the area. There was a 2.5 mile loop which takes you up the river
to view Amicalola Falls. Once at the falls, there is a stair case which takes
you to top of the falls and then we would head back through a trail deeper in
the forest. We decided to hike to the falls and play it by ear after seeing the
stairs. The trail was very lush and green. The rain the previous night made ...
Day 5: Hiking Appalachian Trail (at Fontana Dam). Then swim & rope swing at Cable Cove. Free.
Today was a quiet, lazy day. After sleeping in, we packed our lunches and headed to Fontana Dam to hike that section of the Appalachian Trail. We hiked for a little over an hour (the boys turned back earlier with the kids) and it was a steady uphill the whole time which was ...
... put the little ones in the creek a little lower down so they could skip the faster rapids which scared them. The rest of us loved the adrenaline rush of the first section.
The last section is pretty calm so Phan let Esen ride in his own tube and do the last section 3 or 4 times - which he loved. Before this, he sat in either Phan or Thao's lap.
While Esen was getting his rerides, ...
... spacious washrooms and changing rooms. Very friendly and welcoming.
Rafting was so much fun!! It was tough to paddle that raft though. The Tuckeseegee River has mostly Class I rapids with a couple of Class II sections so is rated for kids 4 and up. We had wanted to do the Nantahala which is Class II and one Class III section, but kids have to be 7 and up and Esen is only ...