Pup Creek Falls
My mom and I took the almost-8-mile hike to Pup Creek Falls on Sunday for Mother's Day, and had a gorgeous trip. There was so much GREEN--shamrock carpets, dripping moss, blooming trees... Truly a forest paradise, especially on one part of the hike where there are three waterfalls cascading over rocks as you go through a swampy forest. I can't say enough about this hike. It's hard (rocky, uneven, rolling hills, scary drops with thin trail, and muddy as all get-out), but well worth it. It follows the river for all but the last turnoff, so the sound of the water is always with you.
Pup Creek Falls is over 200 feet high, towering in a green and soggy canyon. On my first visit, I took the scariest fall of my hiking career here, plummeting in an uncontrolled slide down the hillside as a large chunk of moss let loose beneath me--I finally stopped myself by grabbing on to a stump. The whole hillside is one soggy, loose, muddy and moldy mess. Approaching closer than even this point is uneasily dangerous unless you go through the creek.
I love the shape of this waterfall, and the glorious colors of moss!
For fun, check out Jenna's gorgeous shot from our first visit there. You can even see what my pants looked like after that lovely uncontrolled slide. :)