I finally got around to looking through the 300 odd photos I took on my trip to Franklin NC about 2 weeks ago. This was the first trip I’ve done here in the states where instead of camping we stayed in a rental cabin. We picked somewhere just outside of Franklin that turned out to be the perfect spot to explore the area from.
I loved the cabin (Rivendell Cabins if you’re curious) – it was one of the cutest and quaintest places I’ve ever been to, from the covered deck with a hammock, grill and brand new hot-tub to the handmade quilts and blankets that adorned the beds and couches. This cabin was weird and cool at the same time, if that makes sense? I loved the old telephone, the basket of sheep wool in the corner of one room, the fact that it was stocked with everyone you’d need to cook and clean up after yourself. It also had views of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
We set out the first day and we practically overwhelmed by the sheer number and accessibility of the water falls. I’m used to having to hike for 20-30 mins at least to go see waterfalls but for most of these falls we just pulled in the car and walk 5 mins tops. It was breathtaking. We drove from Franklin to Highlands (12 miles) and saw so many waterfalls along the drive.
Bust Your Butt Falls
The first falls we came to was called Bust Your Butt Falls – which is the best name ever for a waterfall! Compared to all the other waterfalls we saw on this trip this was a relatively small fall but it was still pretty cool to stop and stare at for a while - especially when the wooded area around the waterfall was packed with huge butterflies like the one above.
Dry Falls was one of my absolute favourite falls that I've ever seen. You could hear this waterfall long before you could see it because of it's sheer power. Hands down the most fantastic thing about this waterfall, and what makes it stand out over any other was the fact that you could walk in behind the waterfall to the other side. That was such an experience - photos don't really do it justice.
Big Laurel Falls
Big Laurel Falls was one we actually visited the following day, (not that that really matters) but it's located about 20 mins outside of Franklin so we did it on our journey back towards home. It was well off the beaten track, picture small little one lane back roads and following the GPS to what looked like the middle of nowhere to find the trail head. The trail itself was fun to do, stepping over tree roots crossing a stream or two on wooden bridges and getting your feet a bit muddy. Fun times. It was worth the hike down, the area around the waterfall was very dark and misty so the lighting was fun to play with in photos - but it was also really challenging to try to get crisp, non-blurry photos.
Still to come in part two - Boomer learning how to swim...photos from the roadtrip....and the best waterfall I've been to so far!!