Dry Falls, Highlands Botanical Gardens & Sunset Rocks - NC

July 13, 2004

HIKERS - Hayward Marshall,   Bob Presley,   Dan Ross,  Doug Russell,  Jack Slaton,   Dan Knight,  Geri Whitaker, and David Whitaker.

TRAIL INFO. - Our hike today was on several short trails. Dry Falls is a spectacular waterfall a short drive west of Highlands on Hwy. 64. Highlands Botanical Garden is located on East Main Street, approximately 1/4 mile from the center of town. Sunset Rocks are near the Botanical Gardens and the trail is an easy walk. These were short hikes but they offered a very nice reprieve from the summer heat.

Another beautiful hiking day! Fair to Partly Cloudy skies with temps. ranging from the upper 60's to the upper 70's F.

FLORA IN BLOOM: Heal All, Bergamot, Spikenard, Tall Bellflower, Rosebay Rhododendron, Teaberry, Coreopsis, Tall Bluets, Blue-eyed Grass, Hawk Weed, White Yarrow, Yellow Sorrell, Black-eyed Susan, Oxeye Daisy.

FAUNA: Jordan Salamander

BIRDS IDENTIFIED: Junco, Solitary Vireo, Towhee, Red-eyed Vireo, American Crow, Robin, Veery, Summer Tanager, Carolina Chickadee

This is the first view of spectacular Dry Falls as we walk down the trail.
Here, you have the rare opportunity to walk behind a falls!
Standing behind the falls is a cool, misty experience.
A great view from the other side of the falls.
David and Geri Whitaker enjoy the nice view!
Next, we drove across town to tour the Botanical Gardens.
Nearby Ravenell Park has a nice trail that leads up to Sunset Rocks.
Here we are at Sunset Rock.
It is well worth the short hike to see the view.
The OFHC gang for today's hike. (l-r) Bob Presley, Dan Knight, Jack Slaton, Dan Ross, Doug Russell, Hayward Marshall, Geri Whitaker and David Whitaker.

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