LIFE'S BETTER IN THE MOUNTAINS

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Hike to the Base of the Falls

[NOTE: We're going on a short vacation, so I will be offline for a week or so. I will miss reading your blogs and promise to catch up when I return. Look for a new post from me on Wednesday or so.]

As regular readers know, our community is full of wonderful hiking trails. One of our favorites is the Amakola Trail which leads to the base of Lower Batson Falls at the confluence with the larger and more impressive Connestee Falls. The trail declines steeply and runs along Batson Creek with three waterfalls and some lovely cascades on the way.

These photographs were from a mid-October hike, so the foliage does not represent the bare trees we see outside today. Enjoy the hike. You are lucky. You don't even have to make that climb back up.












This is the reward for the steep hike. Connestee Falls, a cascading waterfall with a 100-foot drop. (If you click on the picture, you will see the woman near the railing. That gives you some size perspective.) We have to take a breath and a drink of water before heading back up.

18 comments:

Tina said...

Beautiful photos, great colors still!.. especially of those water falls! hmmm would love to sit near them for a while..they always sound so calming and relaxing... so nice!! have a good trip/vacation! take lots of pics! stay safe!

troutbirder said...

Carolyn: We just got back from our babysitting trip to Colorado so I had several of your posts to catch up on. THEY WERE WONDERFUL. The great pictures. The hike. The people. The rememberances. Most of all the kind and thoughtful words behind them all. Thank you so much for them all.

fishing guy said...

Carolyn: That looks like a beautiful place. It must be quite peaceful to visit.

Shellmo said...

wow - those falls are beautiful! I would love to go walking around there.

Cheryl said...

Have a wonderful time.....the photographs are beautiful and it will be worth that hike.....could i come please....I won't get in the way, honest!!

Cicero Sings said...

Have a lovely holiday ... we will look forward to a full accounting when you get back.

Dog_geek said...

Beautiful photos! I hope you have a wonderful trip!

Jayne said...

What a beautiful area! Have a fun time away Carolyn... we'll be right here when you get back. :c)

Toni said...

Your photos of NC are always so beautiful. Have a safe wonderful trip.

Robert V. Sobczak said...

Wow! As a hydrologist I approve of those photos. Nice post.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Oh Carolyn----Get the guest bed ready. We are on the way!!!! ha ha... I had to show George the pictures --and when we got to the last one, we both said, "WOW." Thanks so much for sharing... Have a great trip!!!
Hugs,
Betsy

Abraham Lincoln said...

These are some really beautiful photos.

I came here from fishing guy.

Frantic Home Cook said...

Honestly, Carolyn, where could you go on vacation that's half as beautiful as this!?

scienceguy288 said...

Perty. I hope you enjoy your hike.

Margaret Cloud said...

What wonderful photos, I sure would like to have this kind of hiking trails, this is my favorite time of the year.

Wayfaring Wanderer said...

What a lovely area......I hope to get down in that area one of these days! Hope you have a wonderful trip :)

Dave's Bird Watching Blog said...

What a beautiful hike! You captured it very well. Have you done any of the ones down near Highlands and Cashiers? We like Rainbow Falls a lot. Waterfall hikes are so much fun!

Karen said...

I can tell that I'm going to enjoy your blog. We love to hike and take photos as well. (Actually I'm the shutterbug.)