Tuesday, November 7, 2006

Waterfalls Along Anthony Creek

Anthony Creek Tributary Photo Copyright © 2006 G. Kiser

Nestled in the back country of Caldwell County about 10 miles South of Blowing Rock in Watauga County, there is a small mountain creek that is fed by several small waterfalls. These can be seen along Anthony Creek Rd. Finding this can be a little difficult, or at least it was for me. All my directions were based on the numbered state roads and included directions like, turn at the church. I'll try and simplify these directions here so you may have an easier time locating these waterfalls.

As you leave Boone, NC, towards Blowing Rock, NC, on Hwy 321 you will come to the Shoppes on the Parkway. The light following the entrance is for Main St, where you will take a right. You will wind through Blowing Rock until you come to a very small residential street to the right. Turn onto John's River Rd which becomes an unpaved washboard surface after about a half mile and change names to Globe Rd. For the next eight miles you will continue on this unpaved road (term used loosely). In the first four miles, you will loose nearly 2,000 feet of elevation, so make sure your brakes are working properly, and use low gear. At the end of the road, you will come to a "T" intersection at Globe Rd Baptist Church. You will turn right and continue on Anthony Creek Rd until it too turns to an unpaved surface. Keep your eyes out at this point because there are several small waterfalls to be seen.  These really are small, and barely enough to be considered waterfalls.

According to Kevin Adams, the waterfall to see, is the one pictured above. It can be found on the right of the road about three miles from when the gravel started. To be quite honest, I was expecting much greater things by his photograph and description. This is about a 50 foot tall slide that ends in a cascade at the base. It is nice, but not worth a special trip to see. The waterfall that caught my eye was about two miles before you even get to this waterfall.

Under the Arch Photo Copyright © 2006 G. Kiser

If you are not paying attention, you might pass right by this particular cascade. From the picture, you can see that the water is well hidden among the rocks, but I saw promise in it. With a little hiking up the boulder path, you will come to the top and see two distinct waterfalls side by side along with a few other sizeable cascades.

This is to the left...

Water Slalom Photo Copyright © 2006 G. Kiser

and this is to the right...

Rushing Past the Rocks Photo Copyright © 2006 G. Kiser

None of these water features are very large with the tallest single element less than 20 feet tall, however the intricacies of how the water flows around the rocks and other natural barriers is quite interesting. While these waterfalls might not be enough to lure you out into the backwoods, the drive itself is very pleasant. You will pass Christmas Tree Farms, old houses, lots of farm land, and several quaint churches. You are drawn back to a simpler time, but it is best experienced with a good 4WD vehicle with plenty of ground clearance.

There are several other small waterfalls out here that I have not photographed, mainly because of very poor lighting. There are others that are on private property, and I refuse to trespass for the sake of a picture. This entry will be updated as I collect more information on the waterfalls of Anthony Creek.

9 comments:

a2002v2002 said...

Beautiful as always! Ann

rickardfoghorn said...

I always have to say your pictures are really beautiful and the waterfalls are ALWAYS lovely

jlocorriere05 said...

I do love the Water Slalom one Greg. All your waterfall photos are beautiful but this one with the water falling at different angles is beautiful! Jeannette xx  

madcobug said...

Those are really beautiful. I hope you do have a 4WD to go back on those country roads or maybe a jeep. Have a nice day Helen

inafrnz247 said...

These waterfalls are stunning, and you captured their beauty perfectly.  Thank you for sharing them.  The images are very calming...

Michelle

jeanno43 said...

What stunning waterfalls Greg, really beautiful photographs. Thank you for your congratulations, I have put you on alerts.  Have a nice weekend.

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dreamingbrwneyes said...

I keep forgetting about this journal of your's, haven't even added it to my fav links yet (doing that now) and Im so far behind on alerts.
I need to go waterfall hunting, because I don't know of any here and they are one of my favorite things. So peaceful......
Beautiful shots, just wish those fall colors would have stayed around a while longer.

~ Jenny

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bethjunebug said...

This one looks like someone is pouring milk down the mountain. WOW, you take great pictures.
Thank you,
Liz in Va.
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antlexsi1 said...

BREATHTAKING!!!!