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Travel Blogs from Blowing Rock
... got to cell reception area, I checked on a picture of
Waterfall on Burnthouse Branch and sure enough, we had gotten the wrong
waterfall. All that effort and we didn’t even get it. Well, I guess
that means we’ll just have to come back. In Morganton, we had a late
lunch/early dinner at Las Salsas, my favorite Mexican restaurant and
then headed home after a great holiday ...
... lot was almost completely
full with cars parked along the street as well, but we were able to
find a spot and started hiking along the trail. It’s quite steep at
first as it leads up to a ridgeline and then levels off when it hits the
ridgeline. It’s about about a mile and a half to the waterfall and we
passed Yellow Buck Trail and Raider Camp Trail on the way. Towards the
end, the trail follows Harper ...
... creek below the falls to shoot from a
different angle, but the higher water level and slippery rocks made that
impossible. From here, we made the steep climb up back to the main
trail and then backtracked on the trail and road to car. Our next stop
was Bard Falls. We drove a little further up FR 464 and parked at the
trailhead for North Harper Shortcut Trail (266A). Bard Falls is more
well known and popular and ...
... rhododendron were blooming and butterflies danced about on the blooms. We crossed the creek at the top of the falls and followed the switchbacks down to the base, where a beautiful backpacking campsite is located. Although there is a middle section of this waterfall, we didn't head over there on this trip. The lower section is about a 40-foot near-vertical slide and makes for a beautiful waterfall. ...
... around on various boulders. Although difficult to see or photograph, the small cascades that form under giant rocks were really cool and probably my favorite part of this waterfall. After having some fun scrambling around on the rocks, we started hiking back. By the time we made it back to the parking lot, it was getting into the afternoon and we wanted to get checked in to our campsite for the ...