Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Hiking to Buckeye Knob

Hiking to Buckeye Knob.

After hooking up with Andy Kunkle and his puppy-dog Boone in Gastonia, we drove up to Marion NC where we met with Jack Thyen and Joel at the Wal Mart parking lot just off NC 321. This was the view of the mountains looming above Marion. In that bunch somewhere are Mackey Mountain and Buckeye Knob where we were headed. They're not really large mountains by NC standards, at less than 3500 feet in elevation, but they do rise impressively from the lower country where Marion is situated.

Soon after beginning the hike, we came to this waterfall on the trail. This was actually the best of the pair of falls on the route. The other one would have been a good place to take photos, but dying hemlocks have fallen into it and blocked it off.

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View from the top of the falls.

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The view from the base of the falls.

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