Don’t worry, I’m not going to drag you to every waterfall. I’ll just show you a few of our favorites…and a couple of random bear photos from our backyard in Florida.
A Note From The Present Moment
We’re in holiday mode, so I bought myself an oyster shell Christmas tree at the local art market. I wanted one last year and didn’t buy it because I thought, “What the heck am I going to do with this in the trailer?” Well. Here we are. And I’ve got myself an oyster shell Christmas tree.
One more thing: In our two-and-a-half months in the mountains of North Carolina, we saw not one bear. But look at this, in our backyard here in North Florida:
Okay, back to the waterfall tour!
Rainbow Falls & Turtleback Falls
Both Rainbow Falls and Turtleback Falls are in lovely Gorges State Park. This is a moderate 3.9 mile round-trip hike on a nicely maintained trail. Gorges State Park was just a few miles from our RV park, and we liked the trail so much we hiked it several times (I wrote more about Gorges State Park in this post).
Greenland Creek Falls & Schoolhouse Falls
For another two-for-one waterfall hike, we embarked on a seven-mile scenic adventure in Panthertown Valley. I wrote about the adventure in detail here; if you don’t get lost, the hike is only 6.3 miles. Both of the falls are beautiful, but if you want to hike only to Schoolhouse Falls, you can make it a much easier 2.6 mile hike.
If you’re up for it, do both. Just don’t get lost. :-)
Triple Falls, High Falls, & Hooker Falls
In DuPont State Forest, we hiked to three beautiful falls—each with a different personality—in about five miles. The trails are wide and impeccably groomed, with some steep uphill sections and stairs. Totally worth it.
Bridal Veil Falls
We returned to DuPont State Forest to hike to Bridal Veil Falls. There are many intersecting trails in the forest; we chose a beautiful 4.9 mile easy hike through a covered bridge, along the banks of Lake Julia, to a large boulder draped in the cascading veil of the falls.
I’ve said this many times, but one of the best parts of traveling is making new friends. We met Cathy and Ed on a trail in Gorges State Park and had such a good time chatting with them that we made a date to hike to Bridal Veil Falls together. They’ve invited us to stay with them on their blueberry farm in South Carolina next time we’re in the area.
You can glimpse a very distant sighting of Whitewater Falls with almost no effort, but a much better view awaits at the end of a long stretch of stairs. This is the highest waterfall in North Carolina, and it’s a beauty.
We continued by hiking the 4.7 mile Foothills Trail to the Whitewater River. It was a steep, hard hike over too many boulders. Our verdict: Go see the waterfall from the viewing platform, skip the trail to the river.
At only one-quarter mile roundtrip, Dry Falls is more of a roadside attraction than a hike. But it’s incredibly beautiful. If you’re in the area, don’t miss it. The trail winds behind a 65-foot cascade of water, offering a behind-the-scenes view of the falls.
Happy Holidays, Dear Friends
In this holiday season and in the coming year, we wish you joy and peace—and plenty of treats and playtime! Be well, friends.
Eric, Laurel, & Magnolia