Pisgah National Forest, NC Fall Foilage

4:11 p.m. on October 2, 2013 (EDT)
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On Saturday, Jay and I went with our friends Ryan, Bryan, and Sally to Pisgah National Forest, NC. It is about 3 hours away from my home, but well worth the drive. First, we picked up our friend Ryan in Hendersonville, NC. There was some sort of fundraiser going on downtown that had unbelievable biscuits n'gravy and plain biscuits with an arsenal of homemade jams, jellies and preserves. Obviously this was a neccessary stop! We also got some amazing apple pie for $1.25. Hands down the best $1.25 I have spent. 

After we left Hendersonville, we headed to Dupont State Forest and hiked to three waterfalls, Hooker Falls, Triple Falls, and High Falls. 


Hooker Falls


Triple Falls - There was a scene from The Hunger Games filmed here. A lot of the movie was filmed in Dupont State Forest.


High Falls

After Dupont, we headed about 10 minutes down the road to Brevard to go to the Oskar Blues Brewery. I had the Dale's Pale Ale. It was really neat inside. 


After we left the brewery, we headed into Pisgah, which begins in Brevard. Our first stop was Graveyard Fields. There is a really pretty waterfall that is accessed very easily, called Second Falls.




The Yellowstone Prong that feeds Second Falls



Second Falls


From the Black Balsam parking area/Sam Knob Trailhead




Sam Knob


This is how I roll on short trips! :) The cooler was actually more well balanced, but I wanted a picture, so I just kind of hurried and stuck it back in there. We set up camp in the field below the knob. 


We summited Sam Knob and were rewarded with some unbelievable clouds, blue mountains, and a great sunset. Certainly worth the short hike!








We ended the night with a campfire (very small one), smores, cold beer, and unbelievable stars. You can't really ask for a much better day than that!


Sam Knob on Sunday morning, just before the clouds rolled in


A couple of minutes later, with Ryan's 26 oz Sea to Summit Specialist Duo tent. 



Here is Little Sam Knob, which has a stripe of pine trees going down it that looks like a mullet.


The Half Dome



More color from the Graveyard Fields area on the way out




Second Falls again, but from the road

These colors aren't near peak yet, but they are still beautiful! In case you are wondering, this area is between 5100' and 6000'. Usually this area peaks between the first and second week of October, depending on when it falls.

Overall, it was an awesome weekend!

4:42 p.m. on October 2, 2013 (EDT)
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Rock'n a cooler on a backpacking trip...that's a lot of awesome!

5:11 p.m. on October 2, 2013 (EDT)
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wow.....thats alot of color already.......

7:02 p.m. on October 2, 2013 (EDT)
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Nice pics!  Great photos of the sunsets.  I'm a big fan of Dale's Pale Ale.  Gotta have the luxury items if you can do it!

10:58 p.m. on October 2, 2013 (EDT)
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Great pics!  I grew up in upstate NY, and fall is when I miss the east.  They just don't have much color out here.

7:29 a.m. on October 3, 2013 (EDT)
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Susan got a laugh about the "arsenal" of jams, jellies and preserves. She can relate to having the proper weapons at your disposal. Well done!

We were thinking about going up soon and doing an out and back from Black Balsam to Cold Mountain, maybe camping in Flower Gap, this report makes us lean that way....

I agree with Kevin, that's a lot of color this early.

With all the guys on the trip, you had to carry the cooler? :)

9:53 a.m. on October 3, 2013 (EDT)
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I agree with Kevin and Patrick also about the color. Great pics 

12:10 p.m. on October 3, 2013 (EDT)
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Great Pictures..What camera are you useing? Iam in the market for a new one..

3:22 p.m. on October 3, 2013 (EDT)
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Spent the month of June down a ways in Highlands, NC - absolutely gorgeous, and entirely jealous you got to see the area when it's all fall-colored.

Thanks for sharing!

12:05 p.m. on October 4, 2013 (EDT)
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Great water features in NC. Nice fall colors. I always liked the SE and the Smokies best in April with the rhodies and azalea in bloom.

For fall colors it is hard to beat the NE and the upper midwest. I remember a trip to Notre Dame to watch the U of WA play and then a trip to southern Michigan in October. Holy Cow. I still think about those 130 foot tall oaks and maples in red, orange and yellow. Trix are for kids.

2:01 p.m. on October 4, 2013 (EDT)
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Very nice pictures, thanks for sharing; I'm surprised how much the leaves have changed already.

2:28 p.m. on October 4, 2013 (EDT)
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Thanks, everyone! :) 


I try to take luxury items whenever I can (as long as it isn't long distance and they aren't too heavy). It makes backpacking more enjoyable for me!

@ John,

 Have you been to Mammoth in the fall? I saw a brochure that showed some unbelievable color there. We are lucky to have some beautiful color here in the east.


Arsenal was the first word that came to my mind when trying to describe them, haha! It was amazing! It was a very overwhelming decision trying to choose only a few to sample! I guess there are worse decisions to have to make out there. :)

I will PM you about that trip. It is beautiful.

As far as the cooler goes, my pack was easily the lightest, so I volunteered to pack it in as long as everyone else carried their own beverages. They were all microbrews though, so we didn't have to take as many, thankfully.


On this particular trip, I used a little Samsung ST66. I normally use a larger Canon camera, but this one did pretty well!It is very small and extremely lightweight.


Yes, Highlands is beautiful. I spend a week there every November. There are a ton of awesome hikes there and in the area.


The SE has beautiful color for sure. I've never been NE or upper midwest, but I can say that as far as college campuses go that Virginia Tech has amazing color on their campus as well. I would love to visit Notre Dame one day though.


5:43 p.m. on October 8, 2013 (EDT)
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Beautiful fall colours. I still remember the maples and sumacs from the east.

Looks like a nice trip, and you got some great shots.

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