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... 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
... 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
... abundance of recreational activities make it
extremely popular. Above the exposed bedrock, another waterfall came
tumbled down. Although it was very high, the water flow was light on
this one. After we got some pictures from various spots, we continued
on Lost Cove Trail heading west. Our plan was to continue on this trail
to the waterfalls on Gragg Prong. We followed the trail for about
another mile downstream ...
... about 2 miles and then turned right on FR 58. The trailhead for North Harper Creek Trail (266) was about a quarter mile down this road. We parked at the trailhead and started hiking down the scenic trail as it followed North Harper Creek downstream. There were three creek crossings between the trailhead and the waterfall, but we had no trouble getting across by rock hopping. At the top of the ...
We drove east through Newland and Linville and then took US-221 north. Not sure why the GPS directed us to take this route instead of the Blue Ridge Parkway, but it was quite scenic nonetheless. We could see the Blue Ridge Parkway above at several points, including a brief view of the Linn Cove Viaduct from below. We also stopped for a couple of roadside waterfalls along the way. One, right at ...