Do you know what a Weir is? Hayesville, NC – Holiday Recipes eBook – FREE & G

Do you know what a Weir is?

Well, before I had visited this Weir, I did not know what it was or what it did. My daughter showed me a spot in Hayesville, NC that I never knew existed, until now. And, I found it fascinating and wanted to share it with all of you!

A Weir is placed in a river to provide turbulence to the water for the wildlife, flaura, fauna, and fish. This churning water adds in oxygen to the water system and helps the river to keep things a healthy environment for those that live and need the water to survive.

A word of caution, it is not safe to swim or boat near a Weir due to the whirlpools and downpull in the water near the weir. You could be trapped beneath the water very easily!! And, it is deep near the Weir.

If you get to Hayesville and happen to visit the Dam, be sure to also visit the Weir. The Weir is located very close in proximity to the Dam and is a short walk from the parking lot to the Weir either up, to the side, or beneath it.

Enjoy your surroundings and try to visit all that you can!

~Kris Williams

 

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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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