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Monday, July 8, 2013

Chasing Waterfalls

Just one county over from us is Transylvania County, The Land of Waterfalls.  
 
The county’s unique geography allows for 250 magnificent cascades within a few miles of each other. - Source
 
Within Transylvania County, you have access to Pisgah National Forest (500,000 + acres) and DuPont State Forest (10,000 acres).  Pisgah lies in many counties in Western NC, whereas DuPont is shared by two counties.  The 250 waterfalls specific to Transylvania County will mostly be found in these two forests.  Incidentally, scenes from The Last of the Mohicans and Hunger Games were filmed in Pisgah and DuPont.
 
I took my friend and out-of-town guest Mark to Transylvania County to see a few of the key, easily accessible waterfalls.  You just can't go wrong there.  He was very impressed.  We got to see these in under a half day.  Left mid-morning, and back home by 3 PM.   Probably walked 3-4 miles.  Took some sandwiches and some drinks, and just enjoyed nature.   

Although I love the convenience and quality of a smart phone digital camera, our new camcorder is exceptionally better.  That's what I used here.  The abundance of rain we'd had made the falls very beautiful, and powerful.
 
Looking Glass Falls
one of the most photographed waterfalls in the United States

Sliding Rock
listed as one of country's 12 top-secret swimming holes

High Falls
 

Triple Falls

Source - Our State Magazine, July 2013 Edition

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