Wednesday, April 25, 2007

The Blue Ridge Parkway: Rough Ridge Overlook

Waterfall Walkway Photo Copyright © 2007 G. Kiser

As far as I know this waterfall is unnamed, if anyone can help me find a name for this waterfall, I will be very grateful.

Located at milepost 302.8 along the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina is the Rough Ridge Overlook. If you are not looking for this spot, you are likely to drive right past without noticing what this small section of the Parkway has to offer. As you are driving South towards the Linn Cove Viaduct the overlook will be on your right. To the left is a pretty standard view of the Appalachian Mountains. However, to the right is something (actually several things) worth taking a look at.

Directly in front of the parking area you will see a rocky slope that is home to a very small water slide that drains below the parking area. At the top of the slope, you will see a bridge that is part of the hiking trails. It may be about 60 feet from the parking area to the bridge. As you can see from the picture above, there is very little water flow here. This is about as much water as I have seen come down the rocks, and this is just after a recent snow and several rains. The good news is, I've never seen it dry.

While this is not a spectacular waterfall, it is one that is easily accessible, even if you don't want to leave your car. However, since you are here, you might as well get out and stretch your legs for a few minutes. There is a section of stream that provides a bit of white water, although there is nothing particularly photogenic about it. The trail continues up to the top of Rough Ridge where you will get the opportunity to learn about some of the delicate ecosystems of the area and view the Linn Cove Viaduct from a boardwalk built along the side of the mountain. The hike is moderate to easy, but well worth the time.

A quick side note for this waterfall. As is the case with so many of these natural beauties that I have visited, there is evidence of vandals here. There are several places that have been spray painted. Again, the goal here is to enjoy the waterfalls, and leave no trace that we were ever there.


madcobug said...

That is beautiful Greg. I could never understand why people want to ruin beauty by vandalizing it.  Wish I were physically able to go on nature hikes. Helen

a2002v2002 said...

Waterfall Walkway, oh how I love the outdoors! Great shot, Greg!

rbrown6172 said...

ooooh...i love this.  so beautiful and peaceful.  i wish i were there...NOW.  lol  vandalism is so infuriating...guess some folks never grow up.

bgilmore725 said...

No, I didn't recognize this one, Greg... don't think I've been to this one. Beautiful, it is. Makes me want to go waterfall hopping. Bea

inafrnz247 said...

As soon as I saw this image, I could picture myself sitting quietly with my legs dangling over the bridge...  gazing thoughtfully downward at the beauty below, listening to the sounds of nature all around me.  It IS spectacular though, isn't it?

And other's seem to think it appropriate to leave THEIR mark, with pollution and graffiti ~ when the true mark should be left only within their hearts.  

I was young once, too...  They will live to regret it.  Some things I know.


mtrib2 said...

This is a serene picture of clear running water at the base of the towering greenery.    In the 'Waterfall Room' the bottom photo on the left of a river I found to be extremely interesting.    I clicked on it to enlarge it and it took me to a web page with listings for framing.    mark

gdireneoe said...

Wow, wow and wow again.  Just absolutely breathtaking, greg.  Really.  Just brilliant.  I have always had a fascination with clouds, and am looking forward (because of this inspiration) with renewed vigor to learning how to capture what I see.  ;)  C.