Travel Blogs from Banner Elk
... 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 ...
... 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 ...
... 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 ...
... a few times to see some nice cascades on the creek above the falls. A few would almost qualify as waterfalls, though I'm sure that they're not named. It was getting late by now and we were both getting hungry, so we headed to Banner Elk and Sandy bought dinner for my birthday at Puerto Nuevo, a very good Mexican restaurant. Then we headed back to camp and built a fire before retiring for the ...
After leaving Roanoke, VA we decided to bypass the next section of the Blue Ridge Parkway. The Parkway Drive was amazing, but the winding roads, 35mph speed limit, asian tourist drivers, groups of motorcycle riders and endless push bike riders meant that we were only covering about 100 miles in a whole day of driving. So we jumped on the I-81 and drove 200mi towards Bristol, VA and then drove down through the Cherokee National Forest passing through Tennessee briefly and ...