Thursday, March 23, 2017

2017-03-18 Team Waterfall Adventure

Another Team Waterfall Adventure and Discovery
Pickens County, SC and Transylvania County, NC
Saturday, March 18th, 2017
with Andy, Boone, and David

Group Photo at a newly discovered waterfall

Andy, David, Boone, and I went way off trail to explore some relatively inaccessible sections of creek along the Pickens County, SC and Transylvania County, NC state line.

We started out at the Laurel Fork Gap Foothills Trail access area and began our hike to the north on some gated forest service roads.

As we passed by the headwaters of Laurel Fork Creek we spotted some falling water through the trees.  We decided to break up the monotony of the road walk to get a closer look at this one!

Waterfall on the Headwaters of Laurel Fork Creek

It was a short but difficult scramble to get to the base of this one!  I would estimate it to be about 25 feet high.    

After a nice break, we continued our hike along the forest service roads. 

Boone finds a great hiking stick along one of the forest service roads

After about 3.5 miles of road walking we would strike off into the woods and begin our steep bushwhack down to the next creek that Andy wanted to explore!

As we crossed over from Pickens County, SC to Transylvania County, NC we did not see any Welcome to North Carolina signs.  We also did not see any No Trespassing signs, even though I am fairly certain that once we crossed into North Carolina, we were on private property.

Therefore, I am not going to post the name of the creek we explored or the GPS track.

We did not find any major waterfalls, but found a bunch of pretty smaller waterfalls and cascades that few people will ever see!

 This was the most significant waterfall we found

 Group Photo  (L to R:  Me, Boone, Davide, Andy)

Andy, Boone, and David heading up the creek

 Nice cascade along the creek

 Another nice cascade along the creek

I really liked this one!  Very photogenic in my opinion

 This was the last little drop before the creek really flattened out


The bright sun and brisk breeze did not make for good waterfall photography but did make for a great day to be outside for another Team Waterfall Adventure and Discovery!


My complete set of photos is posted here:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/8146392@N05/albums/72157681576825146

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