Travel Blogs from Banner Elk
... campsites along this road and not
surprisingly, all were occupied on this holiday weekend. We stopped at
the end of the road before a big jeep mound and started our hike. We
were headed to the Waterfall on Burnthouse Branch, a tributary of Upper
Creek. According to Kevin Adams’ book, the waterfall was a little over 2
miles from the trailhead and at the end we’d have to ...
... passing several great
backpacking camping spots. As we approached the waterfall, the main
trail split to the left and we got on an unnamed spur trail that leads
to the falls. First we went down a steep section to the base, assisted
down the final part by a rope. There were a lot of people here swimming
in the water and hanging out on the rocks. Sandy and I ate lunch and
then I waded into the pool to get some ...
... creek below the falls to shoot from a
different angle, but the higher water level and slippery rocks made that
impossible. From here, we made the steep climb up back to the main
trail and then backtracked on the trail and road to car. Our next stop
was Bard Falls. We drove a little further up FR 464 and parked at the
trailhead for North Harper Shortcut Trail (266A). Bard Falls is more
well known and popular and ...
... 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 ...
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 ...