Last weekend I took a trip to Hanging Rock State Park located in Danbury, NC for some waterfall chasing.
I had seen pictures of it online recently and decided being only a two-hour drive to see it for myself. I am glad that I did, because it was very worth the trip. The park has five waterfalls within it, a lake and other various points of interest. As an added bonus the trails with exception of being fairly steep in places were quite easy.
I wasn’t able to make it to all five falls, but managed to capture a respectable 4 out of 5. A future trip is certainly in the plans, but thinking it might wait for this fall when the leaves will add a welcomed bonus.
While I was out riding my mountain bike I passed a section of river that I had passed countless times, but this time I caught a glimpse of a scene that I thought would be worth exploring further. After finding a place to stash the bike, hop down the man-made water bank, I made my way to a flat rock that was as low to the water surface as it was large.
With the rain showers, thunderstorms and overall sogginess over the last several weeks here in the North Carolina Triangle area, Falls Lake has pushed its shores to the limits. Thus the dam has been opened and in result the Neuse River is similarly extending its pre-established boundaries. With waters rising into the areas of vegetation the common side effects are now in effect: An increase of obnoxious flying insects as a result of increased areas of stagnant water and falling or fallen trees that the moist ground could no longer bear their weight.
Enter the urban outdoor enthusiast… A small handful of kayakers came out to benefit from the man-made rapids at a nearby location that is otherwise quite tame. Up towards the mouth of the artificial rushing gorge lies a perfect surfing hole, which was the obvious focus for the late afternoon.