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The Two RV Gypsies went to High Shoals Falls
in South Mountains State Park
Burke County, North Carolina
May 26. 2013

sign: High Shoals Falls

High Shoals Falls is located at South Mountains State Park in North Carolina. There are many trails through the state park, and the most popular is the High Shoals Falls Loop Trail, although the Two RV Gypsies did NOT hike the Loop Trail, because they chose a much shorter trail and easier trail, only one mile long. Absolutely no swimming is permitted near the falls, as deaths and injuries have occurred through the years, primarily to people who swim at the top of the falls.

Four people have died at High Shoals Falls since 1993, including a 17-year-old who fell to his death on June 14, 2011.

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Views of Shinny Creek from along the High Shoals Falls Trail

View of Shinny Creek from along the High Shoals Falls Trail
View of Shinny Creek from along the High Shoals Falls Trail
View of Shinny Creek from along the High Shoals Falls Trail
View of Shinny Creek from along the High Shoals Falls Trail

Shinny Creek (pronounced shiny) is named after the shiny flakes of mica in the creek sands. When biotite (black mica) weathers, it takes on a golden color and resembles flakes of gold. Also, some colorless to silvery white flakes of muscovite mica may occur.

sign about Shinny Creek
View of Shinny Creek from along the High Shoals Falls Trail
View of Shinny Creek from along the High Shoals Falls Trail

Jacob's Fork River has several small cascades both upstream and downstream from High Shoals Falls.

Lee Duquette on a bridge overlook a small cascade of water
Lee Duquette on a bridge overlook a small cascade of water

View from the bridge: a cascade of water - this is not the main waterfall

Lee Duquette on a bridge overlook a small cascade of water
View from the bridge: a cascade of water

Below: a big, free-standing boulder with water cascading down

A cascade of water -
this is not the main waterfall

A cascade of water -
 

The roots of a tree grow right over a big rock

cascade of water
The roots of a tree grow right over a big rock

Karen Duquette at a lookout point, enjoying the view

Karen Duquette at a lookout point, enjoying the view
view of the water and rocks

A giant boulder alongside the trail
that some young people chose to try to climb.

The Two RV Gypsies enjoying
the great weather In North Carolina

giant boulder alongside the trail
The Two RV Gypsies

The waterfall is on the Jacob's Fork River, flowing over a large rock outcropping in the South Mountains of North Carolina. The river continues over a series of cascades for approximately 1/4 mile past the falls, where the stream loses approximately 300 feet in elevation. The falls is owned by the State of North Carolina, which owns and operates South Mountains State Park. The South Mountains, carved out of the Blue Ridge by erosion, are a broad belt of peaks and knobs rising abruptly from a deep valley. These steep, rugged mountains encompass 100,000 acres in Burke, Cleveland and Rutherford counties. Water winding through the park to the Catawba River cuts deep into the terrain, forming rugged and steep slopes.

Kaaren Duquette at High Shoals Falls
High Shoals Falls
Kaaren Duquette at High Shoals Falls
The Two RV Gypsies at High Shoals Falls
a panorama of High Shoals Falls

Kaaren Duquette at High Shoals Falls

Kaaren Duquette at High Shoals Falls
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Mount Airy, N.C, - Andy Griffith's home
and the TV town of Mayberry USA

Pirate's Landing Restaurant

Riverwalk

High Shoals Falls in South Mountains State Park

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