Baron's Travel Journal travel blog

Roadside Waterfall on Davis Creek

Roadside Waterfall on Green Mountain Creek

Roadside Waterfall on Green Mountain Creek

Wildflowers on Boone Fork Trail

Cascade on Boone Fork

Hebron Colony Falls

Cascades at Hebron Rock Colony

Cascades at Hebron Rock Colony

Cascades at Hebron Rock Colony

Crevasse between Rocks


We drove east through Newland and Linville and then took US-221 north. Not sure why the GPS directed us to take this route instead of the Blue Ridge Parkway, but it was quite scenic nonetheless. We could see the Blue Ridge Parkway above at several points, including a brief view of the Linn Cove Viaduct from below. We also stopped for a couple of roadside waterfalls along the way. One, right at the county line between Caldwell and Watauga counties was actually a pretty decent waterfall on Green Mountain Creek, I believe. We parked right at the county line and walked down to a tunnel under the highway for a good view of this waterfall. It appeared the waterfall continued below the road, but there was no way to get down for a view. We then got on the Blue Ridge Parkway and stopped at Julian Price Memorial Park for our next real waterfall - Hebron Colony Falls. Although we had visited this waterfall before, I had forgotten my camera so this would be a good opportunity to go back and get some pictures. Previously, the waterfall could be accessed from a short trail off Old Turnpike Road, which was the way we had come in the last time. However, this was a small road with no good spot to park and so parking anywhere on this road is now prohibited (and strictly enforced by state troopers and sheriff’s deputies I understand, although not from experience). So we parked at the picnic area at Price Park and hiked to the falls along Boone Fork Trail. The entire trail makes a five-mile loop, but we were just hiking the first 1.5 miles to the falls and back. Initially, the trail goes through an open meadow where flowers were blooming and numerous butterflies fluttered about. After this open area, the trail follows Boone Fork downstream, reaching the falls is about another mile. Approaching the falls, there were several nice cascades on the creek. A short spur trail leads from the trail to the rock colony. The recent rain had made some of the rocks slick, but we slowly made our way our to the boulder field just below the main drop. Hebron Colony Falls is an interesting waterfall - there’s no huge drop, but rather a countless number of small cascades over, under, and around massive boulders in the creek. The opportunities for rock scrambling and photography are endless. We climbed out onto some big boulders at the base of the main drop and had lunch and then spent some time climbing around on various boulders. Although difficult to see or photograph, the small cascades that form under giant rocks were really cool and probably my favorite part of this waterfall. After having some fun scrambling around on the rocks, we started hiking back. By the time we made it back to the parking lot, it was getting into the afternoon and we wanted to get checked in to our campsite for the weekend.



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