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  • 14JohnMar14
    Pinehurst, NC56 contributions
    So majestic, and peaceful but intimidating. Not a long walk and something worth the stop. Handicap accessible
    Written January 23, 2023
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  • CyclingGirl99
    Greenville, SC29 contributions
    Very nice morning hike here in September. Waterfalls were impressive, and hike was easy to moderate in difficulty.
    Written October 3, 2022
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  • Jagen75
    Carbondale, IL11 contributions
    The walking paths covered a variety of terrain and plants. There are boardwalks and pollinator gardens. Very peaceful. Definitely a must see.
    Written September 23, 2022
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  • On the road again
    New Smyrna Beach, FL243 contributions
    We followed the advice to take the loop path counter clockwise. If you get to the top and want the easier way back, then go back the way you came. However, the loop is well worth it. The problem with the first part of the counterclockwise route is that you will encounter a lot of tree roots, steep rocks and close encounters with the fenced off cliff. We found going counter clockwise is the way to go.

    The fog moved in quite quickly. It was crazy how we lost visibility across the valley so quickly. We could see everything we needed to get down safely.
    Written August 28, 2022
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  • Sue H
    Allen, TX50 contributions
    Very pretty roadside waterfall that use to allow you to drive behind it, but that is closed now. It is still worth the stop
    Written May 5, 2022
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  • Dori K
    2 contributions
    One of the most beautiful drives we have taken. Loved it so much we did it two years ago and came back to do it again this year. Waterfalls all over. 64 sure is a scenic byway and would highly recommend this trip!
    Written May 12, 2022
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  • Wes S
    Atlanta, GA7 contributions
    It is always a pleasant surprise what you find on display at the Bascom. from vintage car and motorcycle exhibits to find art of every kind. The offer classes in a variety of areas and the Pottery studio is world class with a talented leader.
    Written February 19, 2022
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  • On the road again
    New Smyrna Beach, FL243 contributions
    They are stronger than ever after COVID. We attended a matinee of Sentimental Journey. Wow! This was my parent's generation of music that I remember from them and they did a great job.

    The singers and dancers were professionals.... all of them had resumes with experiences in NY, cruise ships and other community theatre. The sound system is great! The costumes were nicely done... The whole thing was very professional in my non-professional opinion.

    The Director of the playhouse brought his experience to make this a great venue post COVID. He mentioned today that ticket sales for the last two shows are record setting sales.
    Written August 28, 2022
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  • allezgently
    St. Petersburg, FL168 contributions
    We hiked this trail twice in 3 weeks. The first time we were huffing and puffing at the top ... a half-mile (30 minutes) up a well-maintained gravel ranger road (no traffic). The view at the top opens to the town and all the surrounding hills. Lovely! The second time, ten days later, we hiked in half the time, with half the effort. Clearly, the hiking we did in between improved our conditioning. Elevation gain is about 250 ft.
    Written September 12, 2022
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  • Terry F
    1 contribution
    This was one of several hikes we did while on our fall leaf peeping vacation and loved it. You do have to be a little on the adventurous side to take this short hike on. To get there, you turn off a main road onto a gravel/dirt road and drive for about 2 miles. There are many hair pin curves hugging the side of the mountain. The unmarked trail head is on your right with minimal parking for 4 or 5 cars. We had the Alltrails app that helps, but we lost all cell service before getting to the gravel road. It is a beautiful remote area. Good hiking shoes are a must! There are many rocks, roots and tripping hazards. The second half of the trail is VERY steep and washed out, muddy, VERY slippery. The wooden steps have about a 3 foot or more step up or down into mud and roots, but, the end is a stunning river, pond with a beach and gorgeous waterfall. We passed 2 couples down and 1 coming up so its a wonderful place for a picnic.
    Written October 23, 2022
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  • tippy2nu
    Concord, NC29 contributions
    We missed this the first time by, I’m glad we went back the next morning! There’s wasn’t really a way to walk down, so we got some great pictures and moved on.
    Written May 7, 2022
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  • Pete B
    Candler, NC292 contributions
    Overlooking the scenic Cullasaja River gorge, this short but fun ‘mining’ experience teaches kids to identify semi-precious gemstones. The roof-covered, fast water sluice quickly removes the sand and soil from each scoop of mud, and the larger, mostly semi-precious stones can easily be discovered. The staff is friendly and will answer any questions you have on species identification. The prospecting muds are mixtures of native sand (from a nearby source) with stones from various localities – hence the variety of finds. The souvenir and rock shop has both cut, carved, faceted and natural stones. If you wish, you can arrange to have your finds facetted. That said, I am an in-the-rough collector so I don’t facet my finds. Allow 20-60 minutes for the mining experience depending on how many buckets you buy and how meticulous a gem picker you are. You can also buy a prospector’s bucket or two to go (they’ll bag it for you) to sift through at home. But before you take a bag of sand along, remember that you’ll probably need a piece of screen and a water source. The mine/shop is close to the road so be on the lookout as you approach it. Also, parking is limited to maybe 6-8 cars, so park closely as you pull in. Weekday mornings, after opening at 10 am, are probably less crowded than weekends and afternoons.
    Written October 8, 2021
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  • marmishka
    Colorado Springs, CO205 contributions
    There is a pull off, so watch out for cars and traffic. The area is pretty and offers some bouldering. It’s beautiful, but be mindful of other people.
    Written September 28, 2020
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  • nicolediane
    Atlanta, GA716 contributions
    We had a picnic lunch here along the lake. We walked part way around the lake. Beautiful fall colors. It was very quiet on a fall day but looks like it would be very busy in the summer. There are several different trails and a campground nearby.
    Written October 18, 2022
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  • Steve A
    Bonne Terre17 contributions
    Whiteside Mountain trail is a mostly easy, sometimes moderate trail to an absolutely gorgeous vantage point above several other mountains and bodies of water.

    We went on a weekday in the early morning and only saw one other person. We took a lot of pictures and enjoyed the hike.
    Written April 4, 2022
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