Waterfalls of Western NC – Podcasting for Fun & Profits eBook – MRR

Western NC hosts many waterfalls in her lands. You can find small waterfalls to special noteworthy falls. Some you will have to hike, climb, or or drive to, while others might be in your backyard.

 

These mountains contain some of the most beautiful scenic waterfalls there are, and some of the most photogenic masterpieces of all time.

 

Often people begin with the state parks and all that they have to offer. The Great Smoky Mountains is no exception, and Mingus Falls is just off the Cherokee Park entrance road. Mingus Falls requires you to hike up quite a number of steps, but it is truly worth your time to do so! This Falls is amazing and it often difficult to photograph due to the falls being cast usually in two different lights. The top half is subject to full sun and the bottom half, usually where most stand and photograph the falls on the bridge, is usually cast in shadow light of the forest. If you get there on an overcast day, where it is not too bright with sun and about ready to rain, and you have a chance to capture the entire falls in similar lighting.

 

Throughout the park, there are other waterfalls attached to hiking trails and even by the roadside. Any photographer wishing to grasp the flow of waterfalls usually stops by the wayside to capture all the essence they can.

 

There are even waterfalls more widely known such as Bridal Falls, which is on the way to Highlands from Franklin, NC. At one time vehicles could drive beneath this falls. If you go on a day expecting rain or shortly thereafter a good rainfall, the falls promises a better water flow for your picture!

Driving into the town of Highlands from the Franklin direction, you will notice their lake has a beautiful full cascading falls for the overflow of the lake. There are many waterfalls along the roads to Highlands area as well. Just take a long drive and keep your eyes open!

 

Some notable smaller waterfalls can be seen in the Joyce Kilmer Park and on the way to Tennessee through the Cherohala Skyway. They can be filmed by the roadside or may require a short hike. Likewise North Georgia has some lovely waterfalls via the roadside as well as available from short hikes.

 

And for those accustomed to the area, there are little spots and parks across the entire region. One such place is Fires Creek in Hayesville, NC.

 

The point is, if you love Waterfalls, Western North Carolina has plenty of them to keep you busy! Whether you are on a footpath, in a state park, or driving down the road, waterfalls are plentiful and they can be picture perfect!

 

I am proud to live in the land of the Waterfalls! Someday, I hope you will visit the area and seek out thy waterfalls.

~Kris Williams


 

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This mention of the Smoky Mountain State Park can cover a lot of material, so instead I will focus on the Smoky Mountain State Park Entrance for this post, and then mention the State park with other specific things to see and do, with points in later posts.

 

One of all the parks in the United States that should be visited in your lifetime, at the least once, should be the Smoky Mountain State Park! I am lucky to be living in just this area, which is also in the Western NC Mountains. However the State Park is located specifically in Cherokee, NC area as well as stationed in TN.

Focusing on the Cherokee entrance here, I will mention that on a good morning or evening, you might just catch sight of the park’s increasing elk population. It is advisable to stay quite the distance from the elk and there are usually Park Rangers posted to help remind all visitors to STAY BACK! Generally you can get some GREAT pictures with a camera that has a telephoto lens.

One of the most important rules that the local children learn about the wildlife in the area, is that you do NOT feed the wildlife. The reason why is that it accustoms the wildlife to getting hand-outs and then chaos soon abounds with problems. So PLEASE, if you are visiting the area, DO NOT FEED THE WILDLIFE!

 

At the entrance to the Smoky Mountain Park is the Oconaluftee Visitor Center and a working 19th century Appalachian farm which is considered to be their museum. This farm is complete with farm animals during the summer, corn cribs, buildings and barns, demonstrations during the summer, and crops that were grown at that particular time.

 

This is a fabulous place to learn and smell the local Appalachian farm flavors, see how the farm worked, and see what all they sold or traded with others.

 

Your Smoky Mountain State Park visit should allow for the study a 19th century farm, a hike or two on one of the many trails throughout the park, a chance to see many of the beautiful mountain and meadow landscapes,  a hike to one of the many picturesque waterfalls, a horseback ride within the state park, a visit to Mingus Mill (an old time grain processing mill), walk an identified plant and tree labeled path, raft in the Deep Creek community area, drive up and over into TN via the main winding road, camp and stay within the State Park, and to visit the Clingman’s Dome observation area. Be sure to also come in the fall and see the colors of the leaves in full swing!

 

This State Park offers so much for so little cost! One visit and you will know why everyone treasures the Smoky Mountain State Park in their hearts!

 

~Kris Williams

 

 


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