Travel Blogs from Franklin
... US-178 and drove north to Horse Pasture
Road and the entrance to Eastatoe Creek Heritage Preserve. We parked here, which is also a trailhead for
accessing the Foothills Trail, and hiked into the preserve following an
easy-to-follow old logging road. Along
the way, we saw several critters, including some toads, a garter snake sunning
himself on the trail, and more mushrooms.
The trail follows the old ...
... was indeed the trailhead for Lee Falls and that it was spectacular waterfall, though a bit difficult to reach. We started out on the first of several open field crossings. The rain had lightened a bit, but it was still coming down and walking through the tall grass in the fields, we were getting soaked. At the end of the field, we had to cross a creek. The water was high enough that we were going to get our feet wet, but we were already ...
... Linda added that she enjoyed meeting the young men at the rafting company (they were all college students, the owners are teachers in the local school system) and the two women who shared the raft with us.
Unbelievable, our expenses for this trip per person was around $308 plus our own personal ...
... rated as moderate. We reached the highpoint of the trail at 4930 feet.
We stopped at Mica's and ate lunch. Three of us had a Marguerite pizza and salad bar. The salad bar has lots of items for selection, and the pizza was excellent. Service was also good. Joan enjoyed her steak sandwich too.
Again, there was another stop to Victoria's Closet and a children's consignment store.
... below us and the mountain in the distance. You can drive up to Sunset Rock, but there will be hikers or walkers on the road and few places to park.
Our next stop was the third largest tulip poplar tree in the US. It is located in the narrow, secluded valley called Horse Cove. The tree is called Bob Padgett Poplar and stands almost 130 feet high with a 70+ inch diameter at ...