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By Mechelle Cranford | Broker in Charlotte, NC

Camping at the Land of Waterfalls in NC

Camping at the Land of Waterfalls

Mountains-11.jpgIt was Easter break and we decided to break in the camper, for the season.  We decided to go camping at Cascade Lake in Pisgah Forest, NC (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pisgah_National_Forest).  If you like to tent camp or you have your own camper, then check out this link:

Mountains-2.jpgMountains-12.jpghttp://cascadelakerecreationarea.com/, for a wonderful campground experience. I have a popup camper and can get full hookups with lake view for $35/night.  Cascade Lakes Campground rents canoes and paddle boats, have two boat ramps and many private campsite boat docks.  They even have a man-made beach.  They have interpretive programs for kids and adults.  The best thing is they are pet friendly!  They are adjacent to DuPont State Forest and are open seasonally and have fantastic sunsets and views.  They are also close to Historic Hendersonville, http://www.historichendersonville.org/, for dining and local shopping.

The Land of Waterfalls is a nature lover’s dream!  If you like to Kayak, Hike, Rock Climb or Bike…then, this is the place for you: http://www.visitwaterfalls.com/.  And, it’s only a short two-hour drive from Charlotte, NC.  So, it is close enough for just a day trip.

Mountains-5.jpgMountains-7.jpgMountains-8.jpgWe decided to spend a day hiking to Bridal Veils, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bridal_Veil_Falls_(Macon_County).  Bridal Veils has an upper and a lower section. 

I will tell you, it’s not a beginner’s hiking trail.  But, we didn’t find out until we were headed back.  The trail itself was easy enough…it wasn’t even the drop in elevation of 200 feet.  It was the hike back that almost killed us (lol)… because what went down had to come back up.  It ended up being a 4.2 mile round trip trek with a 200 feet drop in elevation.  But, it was worth it!  It had amazing views and I can’t even begin to describe how breathtaking the falls are…not to mention that I burned over 1000 calories (yeah)! 

Mountains-3.jpgThen we spent a day kayaking to Hooker Falls (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hooker_Falls) with my dog Abbie  .  We launched right off our boat dock, at the campgrounds, and paddled the one mile up the river.  Again, I can’t tell you how breathtaking the falls are!

We took in the arts at the Art Corridor…Scenic 276 in Brevard, NC (http://www.scenic276.com/category/events/) and we dined in Historic Hendersonville, NC at the Cypress Cellar (http://local.yahoo.com/info-13361342-cypress-cellar-hendersonville).  The Cypress Cellar is a quaint and moderately priced restaurant offering Cajun cuisine.  We had the roasted duck and lamb with sautéed vegetables, sweet potato chips and potato cake…yummie!!

Unfortunately, all good things come to an end and we had to venture back home.  However, it won’t be our last trip to the Land of Waterfalls.

Comments

By Tom Tousignant, CMPS,  Tue Apr 26 2011, 11:59
Fantastic post! I look forward to getting my Class C RV up there soon, now!

Thanks
Tom
By Mechelle Cranford,  Tue Apr 26 2011, 12:15
Thanks Tom...you reall should. You will have a blast. Thanks for the comment!
 
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