When the water levels are low enough, you can hike right up to Bridal Veil Falls (inside DuPont State Park).
You get to hike along a rushing waterfall, see small pools cratered along the way & then crawl underneath a really rushing waterfall.
The rocks can be a bit slick but manageable.
You feel like you're standing right in the middle of it all.
The hike to Bridal Veil is more of a long walk past open fields and over bridges. You may get your heart pumping but it is not strenuous.
Ready for a little summer adventure?
We took a slight detour from our Summer Hiking Challenge to work our upper body strength.
We took to the water. Lake Lure to be exact.
Have you been?
The lake houses along the lake are the best kind of window shopping.
Driving up a winding road to the picnic area of Table Rock was slightly terrifying.
I am afraid of heights, after all.
But I would peek over from the passenger seat and realize that we were driving above it all. Into the clouds we go.
There are a few different hikes to choose from once you get up there (and finish your picnic). We were a bit crunched for time so we opted for the short but strenuous climb to the top of Table Rock.
We huffed and puffed through the midday April sun. You pass a few overlook spots that seem like the best view ever, until it gets beat by the next overlook.
At the top, the view of Linville Gorge was waiting for us. The Spring greens were starting to pop. The bees buzzed around us while we took photos and stayed away from the edge.
The sun rays shine through puffy clouds.
The clouds hover over mountain tops creating deep shadows.
The mountains stretch around you entirely.
Hike No. 3 down. Ready for No. 4?