Upper & Lower Falls

Over Christmas Break, Harrison, Cassie, Luke, Harrison's dad, and I went hiking at Upper & Lower Falls near Morganton. Everything was frozen. Including us.

It turned out to be an incredibly beautiful hike, though! The trail is a loop that goes to both Upper and Lower falls (hence the name) and you can start from either end. We went up to Upper Falls first, then down to Lower Falls, and back up to the parking lot. It wasn't challenging (aside from the slick patches) until everyone decided that they would rather climb straight up the mountainside rather than follow the meandering trail back up. My knees were killing me! Despite the annoyance I experienced at that detour (or shortcut, as the guys would call it) I enjoyed the exercise and scenery. We saw needle frost, which I unfortunately don't have any pictures of. It is when water under the ground freezes and pushes up out of the ground. Google it if you never seen it- it's very neat!

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