“The mountains are calling and I must go.”
~ John Muir
Over the extended weekend we took a trip out to Sapphire NC (I had never heard of it either) to stay with my friend Brian and his family. We had perfect weather and exciting plans of a day filled with waterfall chasing!
Brian plotted the course and we were off to Rainbow falls!
Rainbow Falls is a spectacular waterfall located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. It’s 150 foot tall and easily viewed from every angle! The trek to the falls is 1.5 miles from the Georges State Park…which almost killed me. BUT it’s worth it 🙂
Located in the Pisgah National Forest, adjacent to Gorges State Park, Rainbow Falls is just one of a series of cascades and waterfalls on a two mile stretch of the river. The park is in the Sapphire community, near Lake Toxaway and about 55 miles from downtown Asheville where we were headed the following day!
Me and Brian explored the side view of the water fall first 🙂 Colton ran off to the overlook for photos.
We ventured down to get as close as we could safely gets to the falls.
“I felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery—air, mountains, trees, people. I thought, “This is what it is to be happy.”
~ Sylvia Plath
The front view is amazing. I found some critters around the rocks and even caught a rainbow!
I was overheated from the journey in so the splash from the falls made me so very happy!
“I like this place and could willingly waste my time in it.”
~ William Shakespeare
It’s difficult to leave anything so beautiful BUT there was a second waterfall close and we wanted to explore that one as well!
On the way we caught the top view of Rainbow Falls.
It’s a longggg way down! Nature is fabulous,isn’t it?
“Oh what are men compared to rocks and mountains”~Jane Austen
At this point we are catching our first glimpses of the appropriately named Turtleback Falls up ahead!
Turtleback Falls is swimming hole and natural water slide deep in Pisgah National Forest. It is just a quarter mile upstream from the 150-foot Rainbow Falls. It’s a 3.5-mile roundtrip hike from Gorges State Park. By this time I was a little more peppy to travel on. Being near a 150 foot waterfall will do that 🙂 Also known as Umbrella Falls, it even has a rope to help you climb the small cliff to the top of the falls for a thrilling slide over the 20-foot drop of the curved rock face.
We didn’t do any sliding this day. We hadn’t investigated enough to know whether it was an actual sliding rock or just looked like it could have been. I go with safety. I’ve had a few friends have their heads busted on big rocks up in the mountains. Still…it’s darn pretty to look at!
Walking back was tiring but the adventure was well worth it! The trail wasn’t bad at all,really. There were steps in the rough places but a few smooth dirt spots. Those can be dangerous if taken fast. Rock around any water and especially near the falls can be,usually is,slippery. I fell once …going up hill. Go figure haha. I brought back some dirt and a skinned leg as a souvenir 🙂 A small price to pay for such a great day!
“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn.”
~ John Muir
Food is always the best when you are exhausted! We ate at Mica’s in Sapphire which was a beautiful place with surprisingly inexpensive options. They have a lovely patio that was buzzing with live music that night.
The area of Sapphire,Brevard and Cashier’s is filled with waterfalls. It’s perfect for a day trip from surrounding areas!
Till the next adventure…