Travel Blogs from Blowing Rock
... steeply to
the creek and then rock-hop upstream a bit to see the waterfall. The
trail was easy at first, continuing along the gravel road for a little
bit over a half-mile. Then it became more of a hiking trail, somewhat
overgrown, but easy to follow. After a mile or so, the trail become
more narrow and steep as it hugged the ridgeline above Upper Creek. It
was still pretty easy ...
... 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 cascading areas and a big one
... 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 ...
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 ...