Blowing Rock Inn and Villas
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
... 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.
... here, we picked up the hiking trail that runs
along the ridgeline above the creek. Along this trail I saw a guy
hiking back and asked if he had come from the waterfalls. He indicated
that he had and was even nice enough to leave a pile of rocks and some
sticks in the shape of an arrow pointing where to get off the trail.
The side trail leading down to the falls is not at all obvious, so this
was very helpful. He ...
... 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 ...
... parking anywhere on this road is now prohibited (and strictly enforced by state troopers and sheriff’s deputies I understand, although not from experience). So we parked at the picnic area at Price Park and hiked to the falls along Boone Fork Trail. The entire trail makes a five-mile loop, but we were just hiking the first 1.5 miles to the falls and back. Initially, the trail goes through ...