Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Falling Water Cascades - Blue Ridge Parkway, Peaks of Otter

On August 23rd my hiking buddy Baird the Golden Retriever and I took some time to hike the Falling Water Cascades Trail located just north of the Peaks of Otter in Virginia on the Blue Ridge Parkway.  The trail was steep going down from the Blue Ridge Parkway, but easily manageable with stone and wooden steps and bridges back and forth across the stream that feeds the falls.

                    The intrepid hiker is rewarded with beautiful close up views of impressing rock formations with mountain spring fed water splashing and dripping in long white tendrils that provide a damp coolness to the hollow you are moving through.

My partner was rewarded with a chance to cool off in one of the many pools formed by the exposed rock faces of the meandering falls.

The loop trail is 1.6 miles in length with an elevation change of 382 feet.  The physical effort and time are well rewarded by the immersion into the Blue Ridge environment and escape from the more heavily used trails I the area.

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