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Hickory Nut Gorge & Falls
North Carolina - May 9, 2010

The oval white "eyes," which somewhat resemble hickory nuts, are found in much of the rock exposed in Hickory Nut Gorge, the valley in which the Park is located. These "eyes" are said to have given the Gorge its name.
Stairs coming down from Chimney Rock to the Falls - the two RV Gypsies took the roadway instead. They did enough stairs at Chimney Rock. Note: When they returned here in 2018, the roadway area was blocked off and they had to take the stairs. There is a link to the 2018 trip at the bottom of these photos.
stairs
Lee Duquette entering the hiking trail
Hickory Nut Falls Trail was an easy hike for the two RV Gypsies, which was great after climbing over 800 stairs at Chimney Rock - Trail head Elevation is 1,100 feet
sign - telling about the trail
sign about Tropical Storm Beryl
This 3/4-mile trail in Chimney Rock Park offered a leisurely walk through hardwood forests of oak, hickory, maple and basswood harboring abundant plant life, including rare and endangered wildflowers and old favorites such as Jack-in-the-pulpit and Solomon's-seal.

The reward was the 404 foot tall Hickory Nut Falls, one of the tallest waterfalls east of the Mississippi. Dainty white blossoms of Lady Rue and grassy fronds of Deerhair bulrush thrive in the waterfall’s mist. Deerhair bulrush is a grass-like plant with small knobs at the end of shiny, wiry leaves, found growing out of the cracks along the rock and cliff wall near Hickory Nut Falls.

start of the trail
a big rock by the trail
Big rocks alongside the trail
Big rocks alongside the trail
Big rocks alongside the trail
Sign telling about the Falls and plants - and the stairs leading to the falls
sign telling about the falls
stairs leading to the falls
Hickory Nut Falls
Hickory Nut Falls
Hickory Nut Fall
Hickory Nut Falls
The two RV Gypsies at Hickory Nut Falls
Karen Duquette at Hickory Nut Falls
The Two RV Gypsies at Hickory Nut Falls
Hickory Nut Falls
Hickory Nut Falls
Hickory Nut Falls
Looking past the bottom of the falls, the water flows over rocks and disappears down a cliff to form a small stream.
 rocks at the bottom of the falls   rocks at the bottom of the falls
The cliffs near the falls
The cliffs beside the falls
The cliffs beside the falls
BIG CLIFFS BY THE FALLS
BIG CLIFFS BY THE FALLS
BIG CLIFFS BY THE FALLS
Karen Duquette
The two RV Gypsies
The cliffs beside the falls
The two RV Gypsies

check it our The two RV Gypsies took some of their family members to Hickory Nut Falls in 2018. To see those photos, click here. There will be a link back to this page so that you can continue on with the 2010 trip via the links below.

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The two RV Gypsies in North Carolina
You may visit any of these 6 web pages in any order you wish.
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Segway tour of Asheville
Dupont State Forest in Cedar Mountain
- Hooker Falls
Dupont State Forest in Cedar Mountain -Triple Falls
Dupont State Forest in Cedar Mountain
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High Falls & the covered bridge
Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock Village
Hickory Nut Falls
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go to the next adventure of the two RV GypsiesAfter you have viewed all 6 of the above North Carolina photos, please continue on to South Carolina
1. Valley Park Resort in Travelers Rest, South Carolina
2. Downtown Greenville and some History of the area
3. The Liberty Bridge at Falls Park, Greenville, South Carolina