Friday, October 16, 2015

2015-10-14 Upper Whitewater River

Return to the Upper Whitewater River
with Brenda and Mark
Transylvania and Jackson County, NC
Wednesday, October 14th, 2015

 Brenda, Mark, and Me at Exit Falls

My company's Fiscal and Vacation year runs from November 1st through October 31st.  Since they do not allow us to carry over any vacation days, I had a few left to use up before the end of October.  Therefore, I decided to use one to join Brenda and Mark for a rare mid-week adventure.

Even though I made my first visit to the Upper Whitewater River only about a month ago, it was such an awesome experience that I had no problems going back again so soon.

We started from where NC281 crosses over the Whitewater River and explored upstream for about (5) miles.  On a trail, it would only take us less than (2) hours to hike the distance we travelled today.  However, since this adventure is almost entirely creek-walking and off trail bushwhacking this adventure took all day!

Here are the highlights we saw along the way starting at NC281 and heading upstream.

Portage Left Falls

Wheelchair Accessible Falls

 Big Ledge Falls

 55mph Falls

 Mark, Brenda, and Me at 55mph Falls

 Merge Lane Falls

 Me, Brenda, and Mark at Bedrock Betty Falls

 Exit Falls

 Whitewater River Slot Canyon from the Top of Exit Falls

 Mark descending down through the cave alongside Exit Falls

An old School Bus in the woods

 An old School Bus in the Woods

Sculpted Falls

Brenda at the Andy Kunkle Puckering Perch

 Mark and Brenda by standing alongside Entrance Falls

The Whitewater River Slot Canyon downstream from Entrance Falls

Another Awesome Adventure!
Much better than being at work!

The complete set of photos is posted here:

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