Bob and I spent Day 7 (May 17th) of our 9-day North Carolina vacation chasing waterfalls. We chased the waterfalls in the car, not by motorcycle, as it was still chilly outside and rain was expected in the afternoon. I knew, too, that I would tire from getting off and back on the motorcycle much quicker than getting in and out of the car. We departed on our waterfall tour at 8:30 am, returning to the hotel around 4:00 pm.
The waterfall tour added 190 miles to the odometer.
We started the waterfall tour in Maggie Valley, following US 19 west. We missed the first waterfall, Soco Falls. In Cherokee we turned onto US 441 south. Between Franklin and Highlands we stopped at four waterfalls: Cullasaja Falls, Quarry Falls, Dry Falls and Bridal Veil Falls.
We made a breakfast stop in Highlands.
We ate at a cafe inside a pharmacy. Bob ordered a Philly Steak and Cheese Omelet with toast and hash browns. I ordered two scrambled eggs, bacon, hash browns and toast. Breakfast was delicious. I bought a “Highlands” hoodie at the pharmacy.
From Highlands we followed US 64 through Cashiers to NC 107. We drove a little ways in South Carolina before returning to North Carolina. We stopped at Whitewater Falls, which is the highest waterfall in the east.
From Whitewater Falls we followed US 64 to Brevard. We missed seeing Connestee Falls en route Brevard. In Brevard we turned onto US 276 north. We stopped at Looking Glass Falls along US 276.
Looking Glass Falls
We followed US 276 to the Blue Ridge Parkway. We followed the Parkway to NC 215, which we followed back to US 276 and into Maggie Valley. We made a few waterfall stops on NC 215. I do not know the names of these waterfalls.
If you have read my previous blog posts about our North Carolina vacation, you will recall that we traveled to Maggie Valley to attend the South East Vulcan Riders and Owners Club (SEVROC) motorcycle rally. Day 7 of our North Carolina vacation was the last night of the SEVROC rally. The night’s activities included a spaghetti dinner, followed by a raffle. We won a Kawasaki duffel bag, cinnamon and pecan peanut brittle (delicious!) and a Scentsy Cube Gunmetal Warmer with a motorcycle frame and scented bars. The raffle benefited the D.A.R.E Program. The person who won the 50/50 gave his winnings to D.A.R.E. We ate a couple pieces of the peanut brittle and then passed the bag around to everyone. As much as we would have enjoyed eating the whole bag, doing so wouldn’t have been beneficial to our waistlines! We also sat around the campfire, passed around the moonshine and butterscotch schnapps, and listened to live music.