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Travel Blogs from Blowing Rock
... along Steels Creek. We had to cross the creek here, and managed to stay dry, though rock-hopping was a bit tricky. Once across, the trail headed up and joined up with the Mountains-to-Sea Trail. Right after this, the trail headed down to the creek, then headed up again through a lot of poison ivy and stinging nettle. We passed through this area, trying to avoid the noxious plants, and soon came to the waterfall ...
... We relaxed at the campsite for a little bit, then headed into Boone and had dinner at Coyote Kitchen. Josh had gone to school at Appalachian State and was very familiar with the Boone area, so he suggested this restaurant. The food was very good and they had a nice outdoor seating area, so the dogs could join us. After dinner, we headed back to camp and managed to find quite a bit of firewood and built a nice fire when the sun ...
... a cute lizard sunning himself on the rocks. When we were ready, we had to make the tremendously difficult bushwhack back up to the trail. After much trial and error and a few slips, we finally made it back to the trail, which seemed so much easier hiking back. We stopped a few times to go down to the creek and get some shots of some cascades and small falls along Upper Creek and then made it back to the car. We were so tired from ...
... we came out at the top of Upper Waterfall on Gragg Prong. A large area of exposed bedrock provided a path to walk out next to the waterfall. Although not a large waterfall, the exposed bedrock provided great photo opportunities. There were a lot of people here, including some camping next to the large pool at the base and quite a few swimming. The waterfall had a few pools in between cascades and a big one at the base. As one ...
... it, making photography difficult. I tried to get out into the creek below the falls to shoot from a different angle, but the higher water level and slippery rocks made that impossible. So I did the best I could and then we made the steep climb up back to the main trail and backtracked on the trail and forest road to car. Our next stop was Bard Falls. We drove a little further up FR 464 and parked at the trailhead for ...
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