Friday, October 30, 2009

Day 3 - Whitewater Falls.

After visiting Toxaway Falls, we headed west again to Whitewater Falls, our last destination on our trip. Whitewater Falls is part of the Whitewater River in the Jocassee Gorge area of North Carolina, near the South Carolina border, and is tucked away in the Nantahala National Forest. On US 64 West, we traveled to Sapphire and turned onto NC 281, going south about eight miles to the entrance of Whitewater Falls.
We parked and followed the paved walkway (about 1/4 mile) to the upper overlook. Enjoy the views along the way.
This is Lake Jocassee, South Carolina, as viewed from Whitewater Falls, North Carolina.
Here are Whitewater Falls from the upper level. This is the highest waterfall east of the Rocky Mountains, falling 411 feet.
Check out this picture of the Whitewater Falls, taken on October 10. Four inches of rain makes quite a difference.
We went down to the lower overlook, at the bottom of 154 steps.
These are the only full views of the falls from the two overlooks, however some people venture off the trail for better views. Hiking off-trail is strongly discouraged by park rangers as the area surrounding the falls is treacherous. Tragically, several people have fallen to their deaths or suffered serious injuries. Whitewater Falls claims more lives than any other waterfalls in the state. I have a hard time understanding stupidity.
I overheard one gentleman saying, "There's just a whole lot of scenery here." Yup. There is.
Upon leaving Whitewater Falls, I looked at the clock and it was around 1:30 PM. I turned to Mr. Hawthorne, "You know, if we'd gone on the Great Pumpkin Patch Fiasco on the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad we'd just be getting back to Bryson City right about now." Although, on the plus side, we would have our individual pumpkins.

1 comment:

Kathy said...

More nice weather. Gorgeous pictures.