Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Red Fork Falls

These falls are not the easiest to find.

There are no markings.

It is definitely worth the effort to seek them out. They are among the most beautiful that I have seen in the last few weeks. The falls ride down steps of stones with bright green moss along the edges. The falls are about 75 or so feet high.

The trip to the base of the falls is a bit treacherous because of the slippery rocks.  Bushes and trees come in handy to ease the trip up and down.
The scramble to the bottom of the falls via a rough trail.

At the base of the falls, there's a small pool, although, I am not sure it would be safe to climb in since small stones do come over the falls; however, it was tempting to climb in because of the 81 degree heat today. Just above the pool is a large rock that is perfect to lie on. The mist and cool breeze feel absolutely terrific.

The pool at the base was very tempting!

About a quarter of the way down

Top of the Falls
Red Fork Falls are in Eastern Tennessee near Erwin and just off Unaka Mountain Road.  When you see the big orange circle painted on a tree by the road, you've reached the pull out!

1 comment:

White Rabbit said...

The power of water to cleanse and rejuvinate body and soul.. these pictures make me jealous to not be bathing in that fall right now. :)