Winter is a hard time for hiking in North Carolina, and no, not because of the weather. I mean, it has been really cold, but it’s not that big of a deal. The real problem is that while we rarely get snow or ice, the National Park Service closes down the Blue Ridge Parkway for months at a time (just in case? I guess). Because of this, we can’t get 99% of the peaks on our SB6K Challenge list. So, we’ve been doing mostly waterfall hikes to work on the Carolina Mountain Club’s Waterfall 100 Challenge.
If you don’t know that that is, it’s a list of 100 of the “best” waterfalls in North and South Carolina, within 100 miles of Asheville. “Best” is really subjective, but so far we’ve been really impressed with the falls on this list. We’re up to #23 at the moment and it’s been such a fun journey. It’s been really cool to see these falls when most people don’t. Some of them have been frozen, we got to hike to one in actual snow (crazy for NC), and we almost always have the falls to ourselves. The dogs like this part best, because it means they can run and play and rock hop and not disturb anyone.
Here are some of our favorites so far!
Rainbow Falls – Brevard, NC
Catawba Falls – Old Fort, NC
Courthouse Falls – Balsam Grove, NC
Moore Cove Falls – Brevard, NC
Tom’s Creek Falls – Marion, NC
Little Bradley Falls – Saluda, NC
Tom’s Spring (Daniel Ridge) Falls – Brevard, NC
Crabtree Falls – Grassy Creek, NC
Rainbow Falls (SC) – Marietta, SC
Cedar Cove Falls – Brevard, NC
Do you hike with your dog in the winter? Do places shut down in the winter where you live? I’d love to hear all about your winter adventures in the comments.
And be sure to follow along on Instagram as we tackle the Waterfall 100 and SB6K challenges.
Thanks for reading,