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Travel Blogs from Lenoir
... 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 the bushwhacking earlier, we decided to finish up and start heading
... continued on the trail stopping at a couple of smaller cascades between
the upper and lower waterfalls. At one spot, there was an area of wet
rocks where a large number of Eastern Tiger Swallowtail butterflies had
congregated. I guess they were drinking from the wet rock or perhaps
there was some food there that I couldn’t see. About a quarter-mile
from the Upper Falls, we came out at the top of the Lower Falls.
... Cove Creek to a stream crossing just
past another very nice camping spot. Across the creek, the trail soon
met up with Gragg Prong and started heading upstream, eventually
reaching a creek crossing over Gragg Prong. By this time, we had run
out of water and it was getting late. We were both exhausted, so
decided to come back tomorrow to get these waterfalls. So we made our
way back to the cars and headed out of the ...
We would be staying at Down by the River Campground in Pineola. I generally tend to avoid private campgrounds as they tend to be more crowded, but being a holiday weekend, this was the only one in the area that I could reserve. From Price Park, we headed south on the Blue Ridge Parkway and made a couple of quick stops along the way. First, we stopped at the View Wilson Creek Valley Overlook. The valley ...
... meadow where flowers were blooming and numerous butterflies fluttered about. After this open area, the trail follows Boone Fork downstream, reaching the falls is about another mile. Approaching the falls, there were several nice cascades on the creek. A short spur trail leads from the trail to the rock colony. The recent rain had made some of the rocks slick, but we slowly made our way our ...