|Hocking Hills - Rock House and some light painting.|
|Hocking Hills - Cantwell Cliffs|
Monday morning had us heading south to N. Carolina, travelling via I-75 to US-25E through Cumberland Gap and over I-40 into MaggieValley where we picked up the Blue Ridge Parkway. First up was Soco Falls, which is close to the entrance to the parkway. Couldn't not stop here, but I was hesitant to drag my charge into the riverbed for full effect photos, so we shot from the deck.
Next we traveled down the parkway to County Road 215 to visit one of my favorite places, Courthouse Falls. The falls is situated about four miles in on an old U.S.Forest Service road and the hike is simple and a short 1/4 mile. On the way out, we worked along the Courthouse Creek for a bit.
|Along Courthouse Creek - Devil's Courthouse|
|Falls at Living Waters Ministry|
Tuesday had us heading out for Dupont State Forest with a short stop at Conestee Falls. I was delighted that this place was finally accessible, as it had been closed on my several previous visits. The county did a great job of creating a viewing platform, but they also denied access to the base of the falls,where the best shots could be had. Still it was worth the stop to see this great falls and I could see why they restricted access to the base, as it is a very deep gorge of approximately 100 feet or more. The shame is there is no view of the falls from the front, where they would be most beautiful. As you can see, there is another waterfall coming into the gorge at the bottom of this photo and it would be a great shot with both falls tumbling into the gorge, but I suppose it would be unsafe to get that shot. Here's a shot from below by a realtor from before the county construction.
The sun was burning brightly when we reached Dupont, and it was extremely difficult to shoot anything but we visited High Falls and Triple Falls. If nothing else, we got some good exercise and there were lots of people about to meet and converse with. No wall hangers here, just good times and nice folks.
|Dupont State Forest - Tripple Falls from the overlook.|
The adventure continues in part two. See it here.