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Travel Blogs from Blowing Rock
... though and there was some marking tape
along the way. When we had gone about 2 miles, the trail mostly ended
and the flagging tape indicated that we needed to go down. This
bushwhack down to the base was extremely difficult, steep, and
overgrown, but soon we made it down to creek level. I was a little
confused as I thought we were on Upper Creek, not Burnthouse Branch, but
... surprisingly, the
water was extremely cold and although the water looked inviting, I
didn’t have a swimsuit nor a towel, and the water was too cold for me
anyways. After that, we climbed back up to the trail and went towards
the top. A thick rope allows visitors to rappel down to the middle of
the waterfall. As we were getting ready to go down, another couple with
a boxer were also getting ready to go down. The ...
... there were several cars parked here.
We followed the one-mile trail down to North Harper Creek Trail and
turned left to follow the creek downstream. Soon, the trail crossed the
creek and there was no getting across this one dry. After wading the
creek, we followed it downstream about a half-mile to Bard Falls. We
had lunch at the base of the falls while some guys were fishing in the
river. After lunch, I climbed ...
... 2000 feet in elevation below the overlook and it was interesting to see where we would be spending much of the weekend from this lofty perspective. Then we stopped at the Stack Rock Parking Area. No real views from the parking lot, but walking up the parkway just a bit, there was a nice view of the valley below and I saw some wildflowers just on the other side of the guard rail. The parking area ...
... boulder field just below the main drop. Hebron Colony Falls is an interesting waterfall - there’s no huge drop, but rather a countless number of small cascades over, under, and around massive boulders in the creek. The opportunities for rock scrambling and photography are endless. We climbed out onto some big boulders at the base of the main drop and had lunch and then spent some ...