Waterfalls of the Blue Ridge: A Hiking Guide to the Cascades of the Blue Ridge

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Waterfalls are magical places – places of solitude, of serenity, of subtle power. Surrounding these swirling drops are lush oaks in the summer, resplendent colors in the fall, icy columns in the winter, and wildflowers in the spring. Waterfalls of the Blue Ridge shows you where to find these enchanting jewels. From the Smoky Mountains to the Shenandoah National Park, follow the authors as they guide you to nearly 100 of the best waterfalls on the Blue Ridge. Some are a stones throw from the road while others are ...

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Overview

Waterfalls are magical places – places of solitude, of serenity, of subtle power. Surrounding these swirling drops are lush oaks in the summer, resplendent colors in the fall, icy columns in the winter, and wildflowers in the spring. Waterfalls of the Blue Ridge shows you where to find these enchanting jewels. From the Smoky Mountains to the Shenandoah National Park, follow the authors as they guide you to nearly 100 of the best waterfalls on the Blue Ridge. Some are a stones throw from the road while others are more remote. Directions, distance, difficulty, and a brief history of the area accompany each description. So get out of your chair and into the woods. And don’t forget to take your camera; you’ll want to capture plenty of the elusive beauty found around the Waterfalls of the Blue Ridge.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780897325516
  • Publisher: Menasha Ridge Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2003
  • Edition description: Third Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 6.34 (w) x 8.94 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

Born in Florida, Nicole Blouin graduated from Appalachian State Univeristy in North Carolina, where she fell in love with the mountains. She wrote her first book, Waterfalls of the Blue Ridge, in the early '90s, and since then has written four other guidebooks, which include mountain biking and road cycling. Presently, she lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and keeps busy with freelance writing, editing work, and managing a rock climbing gym.

A native of Athens, GA, Marilou Wier Bordonaro graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in journalism. Years later, she finally had the opportunity to combine her love of the written word with her love of nature when she collaborated on Waterfalls of the Blue Ridge.

Originally from N.J., Steve Bordonaro leads white-water rafting trips when he has time off from his career in the pharmaceutical industry. Residents of Alpharetta, GA, Marilou and Steve continue to enjoy hiking with their two college-age daughters and discovering new waterfalls.

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Instead of several waterfalls on one trail, Linville Falls Recreation Area offers three trails to one waterfall with a total of six different views. Hosting about 50,000 visitors annually, Linville Falls is probably the most famous waterfall in the Blue Ridge. It was designated a Natural Heritage Area in 1989.
Linville Falls is a double cascade with a vanishing act between the two falls. The upper falls is wide and gentle, pouring over several shelves for a total of fifteen feet. Here, the river is lazy.

Suddenly, the river disappears into a narrow, quartzite channel. Out of sight, it dives sixty feet through a winding chamber before reappearing as the lower falls, a thunderous forty-five foot drop. The force of this powerful river has shaped a large basin with towering cliffs. The river flows out of the pool, leaves the recreation area, and enters the Linville Gorge Wilderness Area.

The headwaters of the Linville River are on Grandfather Mountain, and the river flows to the Catawba Valley through one of the most rugged gorges in the country. The sheer rock walls of Linville Mountain (west) and Jonas Ridge (east) confine the water for twelve miles while it descends two thousand feet. The difference in elevation between the rim and river is about fifteen hundred feet.

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Table of Contents

List of Maps viii
Acknowledgments ix
Introduction 1
Section 1 The Basics of Blue Ridge Waterfalls
About This Guide 5
About the Blue Ridge 11
Section 2 Virginia Waterfalls
1 Luray and Shenandoah National Park 24
Waterfalls in Whiteoak Canyon 27
Rose River Falls 30
Dark Hollow Falls 30
Lewis Falls 31
2 Waynesboro 33
White Rock Falls 36
St. Mary's Waterfall 37
Crabtree Falls 39
Wigwam Falls 41
3 Glasgow 42
Staton's Falls 44
Panther Falls 45
Lace Falls 47
Apple Orchard Falls 48
Fallingwater Cascades 49
4 Alleghany Highlands 50
Stony Run Falls and Blue Suck Falls 53
Falling Spring Falls 54
Roaring Run Falls 56
Section 3 North Carolina Waterfalls
5 Hanging Rock State Park 60
Upper Cascades 62
Lower Cascades 63
Waterfalls on Indian Creek 64
Tory's Den Falls 65
6 Stone Mountain State Park 67
Stone Mountain Falls 69
Middle Falls and Lower Falls 70
Widow's Creek Falls 71
7 Blowing Rock 73
Waterfalls on the Glen Burney Trail 75
Boone Fork Falls 77
Cascades 78
8 Linville 79
Linville Falls 82
Duggers Creek Falls 84
Elk Falls 85
9 Little Switzerland 87
Roaring Fork Falls 90
Setrock Creek Falls 91
Crabtree Falls 92
10 Marion 94
Tom's Creek Falls 96
Catawba Falls 97
11 South Mountains State Park 99
High Shoals Falls and Upper Falls 102
Little River Falls 104
12 Asheville 105
Douglas Falls 108
Mitchell Falls 109
Glassmine Falls 110
Hickory Nut Falls 111
13 Brevard 113
Key Falls 120
Connestee Falls 121
Waterfalls in DuPont State Forest 122
Raven Cliff Falls 125
14 Pisgah Forest 127
Mill Shoals Falls, French Broad Falls, and Cathedral Falls 131
Courthouse Falls 132
Twin Falls 134
Looking Glass Falls 135
Moore Cove Falls 136
High Falls 137
Waterfalls in Graveyard Fields 138
Jackson Falls 140
15 Lake Toxaway 141
Toxaway Falls 145
Frozen Creek Shoals 146
16 Cashiers 148
Whitewater Falls 150
Waterfalls on the Horsepasture River 151
Upper Bearwallow Creek Falls 153
Waterfalls of Lake Glenville 154
Silver Run Falls 155
17 Highlands 156
Glen Falls 158
Waterfalls of the Cullasaja Gorge 159
Lower Satulah Falls 162
18 Cherokee 163
Little Creek Falls 167
Waterfalls on Pigeon Creek Trail 168
Flat Creek Falls 169
Soco Falls 170
19 Bryson City 172
Juneywhank Falls 175
Waterfalls on Deep Creek Trail 176
20 Franklin 177
White Oak Falls and Camp Branch Falls 180
Big Laurel Falls 180
Rufus Morgan Falls 181
Section 4 Appendices and Index
Important Addresses 184
Bibliography 187
Index 189
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