Blue Ridge waterfall calls out to hikers

Posted July 16, 2010

At High Falls on the Little River, 150 feet of cascading water calls out to hikers.

— In the crannies of the North Carolina mountains, water flows and becomes a spectacular waterfall in DuPont State Forest.

"There's something about the movement of the water, the calming noise of it and the beautiful sights," Assistant Forest Supervisor Bruce McDonald said.

At High Falls on the Little River, near Cedar Mountain, 150 feet of cascading water call out to hikers. Nooks and Crannies North Carolina Nooks and Crannies

"We saw it up there and wanted to climb down and check it out," hiker Becky Streibel said.

Tourist Erica Janson said she and her family were seeking out waterfalls along the nearby Blue Ridge Parkway.

"This is our third waterfall, but this is the biggest," Janson said.

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Park rangers and forest managers warn that the beauty of the waterfall hides potentially fatal dangers.

"People get in and are swept up by the beauty and don't realize that there is power in the moving water, that wet rocks can be as slick as ice," McDonald said. "Don't climb up on the rocks."

Streibel's husband, Jeremy, said that it's worth a hike into the hills just to sit at the foot of the waterfall. "It's worth every step. It's better than sitting at the house and watching TV," he said.

Jeremy Streibel said he intends the vacation to High Falls to be the start of a life lesson for their 17-month-old daughter, Laila.

"If we lose things like this, then she'll never realize what we worked to protect and how valuable these resources are," he said.


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  • mshood7 Jul 16, 2010

    As North Carolinians we are so blessed with the oldest and most beautiful mountain range in the world. Being around places so naturally beautiful, we tend to forget that we need to be safe and know the dangers of the areas we are in. Use information and be vigilant, know the limitations and always opt for safe ground as you view these spectacular sights. Happy mountaineering and be safe.

  • itsmyownopinion Jul 16, 2010

    They are beautiful, but pose a certain danger. There have been at least two fatalities at NC waterfalls this year that I recall, hopefully not more.

  • itsnotmeiswear Jul 16, 2010

    That entire area of Dupont Forest is a real treat for young and old. High Falls is only a short hike from Triple Falls.