Category Archives: Hiking Trails & Waterfalls

At my age whitewater rafting should be a spectator sport

While on vacation at our Bearfoot Hideaway cabin in the mountains of North Carolina this summer, we decided to take a whitewater rafting excursion. It has been a particularly dry summer, and we were afraid that the water levels would be too low for the rafting trip. After a few phone calls to the rafting […]

Upper Creek Falls

Upper Creek Falls is a gorgeous series of falls and cascades in Burke County NC.  It is a short drive on Hwy 181 off the Blue Ridge Parkway MM 312.5.         A short hike from the parking area, you come to some impressive smooth rocks with water cascading over them. Do not […]

Virginia Creeper Bike Trail

The Virginia Creeper Bike Trail is an 18 mile trail along a former railroad track bed.   If you start at the top at Whitetop Station, the trail is mostly a gentle 5° downhill grade. There are a few companies that will rent you the mountain bikes and truck you up to the top of Whitetop.  […]

Julian Price Park

During our latest trip, we went out to the scenic Julian Price park to go canoeing and fishing. The lake was absolutely breathtaking! There was a quaint shop on the edge, where we bought “top of the line” bait. (Who knew fish liked corn?!) So, we geared up and set out on the pristine lake.  […]

Elk River Falls

Once in awhile, you happen upon a place that is such a perfect representation of an icon that you think eveyone knows about it.  We found the PERFECT summer swimming hole/waterfall! Elk River Falls is not well known to area visitors!  Which makes it a very special quiet place!  A short hike from the parking area, […]