Now, on to the fun stuff! I've started using an app called AllTrails to track my hikes and search for new spots to explore. There's an overview of the area, a rating of easy, moderate, or hard, photos added by other users, and reviews by users. Information usually includes a short description, topography, sites along the trail, and distance. I have found that the reviews by users are a little better in accurately describing the trail opposed to the description at the top. Two weeks ago, Deanna and I set out to explore Linville Falls in Pisgah National Forest off of the Blue Ridge Parkway. It was described as a moderate trail with some inclines and five overlooks of the falls. (More on the accuracy of this statement in a little while.)
We found the parking lot, though were unable to locate the Visitor's Center that was supposed to be at the parking lot. The trail head was easy enough to find and we started out. The beginning of the trail was practically straight down. Great for the beginning, not so great knowing we would have to come back up this at the end of our hike. We continued our descent about a half mile to find a fork in the path. To the left the Visitor's Center (a ha!) and to the right the falls. Of course, we chose the falls! This first overlook took us to the Upper Linville Falls.
There was a really cool observation area fenced off along the rock. It was pretty neat to be walking across the large rock formation.