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Oct 9, 2016 - Kiesee Falls

Sunday morning, we headed to the Courthouse Creek area in Pisgah National Forest to get Kiesee Falls. It was raining the last time we were here and we were unable to get all the way to the base of the waterfall. We drove up Courthouse Creek Road (FSR-140) from NC-215 and parked near the trailhead just past where the road crosses Kiesee Creek. From here, we hiked up the old road with yellow Closed to Vehicles sign for about a quarter-mile to a split and went right. At the next split, we went right again and the trail became progressively...

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Aug 6, 2016 - Shining Rock & Courthouse Creek

Saturday morning, we had breakfast and headed towards the Shining Rock area. Heading north on NC-215, we crossed the Blue Ridge Parkway and parked along the side of the road here just a half-mile past. We got on the Mountains-to-Sea Trail westbound here and headed into Middle Prong Wilderness. After crossing Bubbling Spring Branch, the trail paralleled NC-215 for a bit and then turned away. In about a mile, we came to an easy stream crossing at the confluence of two streams that formed the headwaters of West Fork Pigeon River. At this...

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