Firstly, I just want to say thanks for all your thoughts and sweet comments yesterday about my brother – he’s doing better now and should hopefully come out of hospital tomorrow. It’s had being so far away from home but having people you care and understand really does help so thank you.
This is the second part of my waterfall adventures, as known as the trip to Franklin NC – the first part which is packed full of waterfall photos can be read here. Our roadtrip had us stopping in a few different towns to grab lunch, many over the places looked very similar to one another but there were a few spots that stood out like this pointed brick wall in Greenville (which I’m not sure I was really meant to take a photo of opps!) and this little bric-a-brack shop and Dog House Restaurant in the very very pretty town of Highlands.
Secret Falls, was without question the best waterfall we saw on the trip and it was also the one that we had to travel the furthest to get to. Our guide book (which was provided for us in the cabin) directed us down a dirt road to a pull in site in the middle of nowhere just big enough for 2-3 cars. At this point the GPS wasn’t even working so we had no choice to but to assume that we were where we were meant to be. There was the tiniest little gap in the forest that looked a bit like a trail so we decided to follow it and hope for the best.
The trail itself was very pretty, loads of roots and tree trunks to step over and streams to cross with logs and stepping stones so it was good fun. Less fun was spotting a snake slithering across the path but I still managed to grab a quick photo before it disappeared. After about 20-30 mins of walking/hiking we arrived into a clearing and found Secret Falls. It wasn’t as powerful of as tall as the other falls we’ve seen but it was beautiful. It had a little beach and swimming area and we were the only people there so it really did feel like a secret kind of place.
We spent at least an hour there just taking it all in and enjoying the beauty. My only regret is not being swimsuits and towels with us because it would have been a great swimming spot – in fact Boomer finally got over his aversion to water here and swam a little bit in the water. Ok so he swam like crazy to get back to dry land and rub himself in dirt but hey it’s a start!
All in all in was a thoroughly exhausting couple of days spent driving, hiking, finding waterfalls and collapsing into bed at night but it was time well spent and I loved it!