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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Hike to High Falls Near Glenville, North Carolina

If you're feeling adventurous, consider a hike along the High Falls Trail to experience High Falls during a recreational water release between 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM- one of seven water releases each year. Parking is just past the Glenville Dam on Pine Creek Road (off of 107). Total length of the trail is 0.70 mile from the trailhead to the kayak put-in at the base of the falls. Keep in mind that the elevation drop from the trailhead to the put-in is 650’, about 73 flights of stairs. Not too bad on the way down, but keep this in mind for the hike back up! You can also observe the kayakers at the newly installed take-out near the Thorpe powerhouse along 107.

Remaining 2014 recreational release dates include July 26 and August 9. High Falls is a great hike any time of year, although many prefer the thunderous high flow that takes place on select dam release dates.

Video: http://youtu.be/IzuFNW7dlIo

Kayakers,here's what you need to know about these challenging Class IV/V rapids: http://www.americanwhitewater.org/content/River/detail/id/2290/






Saturday, July 19, 2014

Highlands NC Nature Center and Biological Station

The Highlands North Carolina Nature Center and Biological Station offers exhibits and year-round educational programming focusing on the biodiversity of the southern Appalachian region. Botanical Garden Trails are open every day until sunset.

Special events throughout the year include topics of Earth Cay Conservation, Know Your Frogs, Owl Prowl, and Salamander Meander, to name a few.

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Saturday, July 5, 2014

A Refreshing Hike to Cullowhee Falls (also known as High Falls)

Looking for a refreshing easy hike to a waterfall? Cullowhee Falls (a.k.a. High Falls), is a 1.8-mile pet friendly hike that meanders along an awesome creek, through groves of rhododendron, past small waterfalls, and over bridges. Come for the waterfall and the views; stay for the possibility of finding the cache. A great location to have a picnic lunch! (A compass will be needed to find the cache.) Access to the trailhead is off of 107 between Cashiers/Glenville and Sylva/Cullowhee, NC. Turn onto Shoal Creek Mountain Road (it's a right turn if you're traveling south), and park just past the red gate (on the right). Do not worry if the gate is shut or locked, there are signs posted welcoming hikers. Start hiking the gravel road & it leads you directly to the trail!


Cullowhee Falls, photo provided by Jackson County TDA

Cullowhee Falls, photo provided by Jackson County TDA

Cullowhee Falls, photo provided by Jackson County TDA