Directions: Located west of Boone off of Route 321, it is 5.4 miles west of the junction of routes 421 and 321. As you head west, look for a pull-off/parking area on your right across from Laurel Creek Road. Park here and then cross Route 321. A 0.15 mile trail leads to the falls pictured above. Another waterfall, Watauga Falls, is located 0.2 miles further west on Route 321 (I haven't visited that one yet).
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
Laurel Creek Falls
Not to be confused with Laurel Falls near Hampton, TN -- Laurel Creek Falls is a small waterfall west of Boone, NC. It is known locally as Trash Can Falls. In case you're wondering, no, it's not all junked up. Just the opposite, the setting for this waterfall is quite nice. Huge rock formations surround a cascading stream, forming pools perfect for a summer swim. While it may not be the biggest waterfall around, it gets points for its unique criss-cross affect and for its cool setting. I heard about it by reading the Blue Ridge Blog -- which is a favorite source of information, entertainment and inspiration. Thanks, Marie!