We lucked out!!
Only a few torn spots and they can be mended!!
Next on our agenda was to find some COOL weather!!
The town of Highlands in the North Carolina mountain
was predicting a high of 80 degrees today!!
Time for a road trip....
Warning Lots and Lots of photos ;o)
(click on any to enlarge)
A - our starting point Oconee Point Campground
B - next stop, Highlands, NC
C - next stop, Cashiers, NC
D - next stop, Whiteriver Falls
E - return to Oconee Point Campground
As soon as we left Wahalla,
we hit the SQUIGGLES!!!
Yes, the squiggles.
That's what Nancy calls the up and down,
curving and narrow mountain roads;o))
Our speed slow to a crawl the rest of the day.
We couldn't believe we saw cyclist on these road?!?!
We couldn't believe the 55mph speed limit sign!!!
It was about 11am when we arrived in Highlands, NC.
Highlands is a beautiful mountain town.
Our first stop was the visitor center.
It's located in this beautiful home
which has a true slamming screen door!!!
There is so much to see in this area. The town itself is filled with art galleries, cute stores, and unique restaurants!
We were focused on seeing some of the many waterfalls in the area. The weather was perfect and the host at the visitor center made some wonderful suggestions. With directions and a map in hand, off we went...
Bridal Veil Falls is only 3 miles north of Highlands.
It is located right on the highway.
You can still drive behind the falls if you want to.
On our way to Bridal Veil Falls, we saw a pull off on the other side of the highway. On our way back towards Highlands, we pulled in to check it out.
It was a beautiful spot, with a dam and waterfall.
Of course we had to climb down to get a closer look ;o))
It's difficult to describe how much we were enjoying being outside in this cool mountain air, enjoying nature. If only we could find a way to move Baby to the mountains?!?!
Our next stop was west of Highlands.
Glenn Falls is a set of 3 waterfalls along a hiking trail. Sounded like the perfect place to enjoy the lunch we had brought with us.
Our directions were perfect.
We found the gravel access road!!
Gorgeous mountain views
We continued down, down, down!!!
Then we went down some more ;o((
The second falls were prettier than the first!!
We considered continuing on (down) to the third falls,
but chose to just look in that direction instead ;o)
We needed to eat some lunch and then start back to the top.
It has been some time since we have done much hiking in the mountains. Being flatlanders we need to develop our mountain legs;o))
We arrived back and moved on towards Cashiers, NC.
Along Route 64, there is a pull off
where you can view Whiteside Mountain.Whiteside Mountain is about 390 to 460 million years old. It rises to an elevation of 4,930 feet and is called the Jewel of the Appalachians.
There is a 2 mile loop trail
which we hope to do on another trip to this area.
It was a short, curvy (squiggly) trip to Cashiers, NC.
Upper Whitewater Falls is the highest waterfall
east of the Rockies, falling 411 feet!
It was an easy 1/2 walk to the falls.
There were beautiful views along the way!!
But to see the falls,
it was 154 steps DOWN :o(
Let's just say, the steps were worth it :o))
Of course, it was 154 steps back up ;o(((
Well, we had a marvelous day in cool temperatures!!
We saw so many pretty things
truly enjoyed our time in the mountains!!