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The two RV Gypsies at Gorges State Park
976 Grassy Ridge Road
Sapphire, NC 28774
phone '828.966.9099 for information
September 30, 2020

USA map showing location of North CarolinaNC map showing location of Gorges State Park

While driving from Pearson's Falls to Gorges State Park, the two RV Gypsies drove past the Eastern Continental Divide sign a couple of times, but was only able to stop and photograph it in one particular spot.

Previously on separate dates, the two RV Gypsies have also passed the Continental Divide signs in 8 other spots, which can be seen by using the TOC button above and choosing the letter C.

The Blue Ridge Escarpment and the Eastern Continental Divide sign Eastern Continental Divide sign

Below: Signs in Gorges State Park about The Blue Ridge Escarpment and the Eastern Continental Divide.

The Blue Ridge Escarpment sign informative sign
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Below: Gorges State Park is a 7,709-acre North Carolina state park in Transylvania County, North Carolina in the United States. The land, along Jocassee Gorges, was purchased by the state from Duke Energy Corporation in 1999. It is North Carolina's western most state park and one of the state's newest. The park is adjacent to part of the Pisgah National Forest and the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission's Toxaway Game Land. Gorges State Park provides the principal access to the Horsepasture River on these adjoining public lands.

entrance to Gorges State Park sign at the Welcome Center

Below: After entering Gorges State Park, the two RV Gypsies stopped at the Visitor Center. Just outside of The Visitor Center, was a big wall with water running down it. There was also a pavilion where the two RV Gypsies stopped to have their picnic lunch and enjoy a small sprinkling of the beginning of fall colors.

Gorges State Park Welcome Center

Source of the panorama photo above: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Washuotaku used under CC BY-SA 4.0 from All other photos by Karen Duquette

wall of water fall colors

Below: The two RV Gypsies decided that most waterfalls in the park were too long for them to hike on this date. However, the trail to the Upper Bearwallow Falls was near the Visitor Center and it was just a short, easy hike, a one-half mile hike (each way).

Upper Bearwallow Falls Trailhead sign Upper Bearwalow Falls trail

The trail crosses a small paved park road then leads hikers via a blue diamond shape marker on trees on a mostly downhill trail. The falls can be heard through the trees shortly into the hike. Upper Bearwallow Falls was nice, but viewable only from a platform at the end of the trail. The falls tumbled down an angled rock outcrop in a forest of hemlock, pine, and leafy deciduous trees. But the trees have grown so big, that only a small portion of the falls could be seen.

Upper Bearwalow Falls Upper Bearwalow Falls
The two RV Gypsies in Gorges State Park The two RV Gypsies in Gorges State Park

Below: Lee Duquette saw a rock in the ground that he thought looked like a face, so he photographed it.

a rock that looks like a face a rock that looks like a face

Shortly after leaving Gorges State Park, Karen Duquette quickly photographed a big saxophone somewhere along the way. (photos taken from the moving car)

a big saxaphone a big saxaphone

Below: However, Karen almost missed photographing the small saxophone on top of the traffic lights.

a little saxaphone a little saxaphone

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