Saturday, March 7, 2009


Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan "press on" has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.
--Calvin Coolidge (1872-1933) 30th President of the United States

Above is beautiful Crabtree Falls found off of the Blue Ridge Parkway at Mile 339.5. Click here for more information and complete directions. Located in the vicinity of Mount Mitchell, this is my favorite of all the waterfalls in our region. If you venture out that way, you might want to make a day of it. The drive from Asheville to Crabtree Falls is beautiful and loaded with things to see and do. Here are some places I recommend...

Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor's Center - Located on the BRP in Asheville, this museum is a must see for those who love the parkway.
Folk Art Center - Also located in Asheville along the BRP, the Folk Art Center is part gallery, part store.
Craggy GardensBRP Mile #364.4 (This portion of the BRP is closed until May, 2009 - but it's definitely a destination to keep in mind!)
Mount Mitchell, the highest peak east of the Mississippi, BRP Mile #355 (Can only be accessed from the north because of a closure of the BRP south of the entrance to Mount Mitchell)
Roaring Fork Falls - Picturesque cascading waterfall.
Setrock Falls - After a period of rain, this waterfall is gorgeous.
Crabtree Falls - One of the most beautiful waterfalls in the Southeast US.

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