Waterfalls

July 16, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

7/10/14 - Station Cove Falls, Oconee County, South CarolinaStation Cove Falls7/10/14 - Station Cove Falls, Oconee County, South Carolina

© 2014 Michael Allio

In the Camera - Nikon D610 - Nikkor 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5 lens - Aperture: f/18 - Shutter Speed: 3 seconds - ISO: 100

Waterfalls have seemed to be the theme for our annual summer trek to South Carolina.  On our way down we stopped in Kentucky and made the one mile hike to Bad Branch Falls.  The falls are located just outside Whitesburg, Kentucky.  They area part of a stream that is a rain fed and as the summer has gone on a lack of rain has slowed the falls to a small trickle (see thumbnail below).  This was a disappointing start to waterfalling, but things got much better.

Bad Branch FallsBad Branch FallsNot much water running over the falls today. Will have to check back periodically.

Bad Branch Falls - Whitesburg, Kentucky

As we made our way to the Carolinas there was opportunity to hike to other falls.  With my dad serving as tour guide we were able to hit three more waterfalls during our visit.  The picture above (top) is from Station Cove Falls, located in Oconee County, South Carolina.  The trail is just outside the Oconee Station State Historic Site entrance.  The waterfall is a short 1/2-mile hike from the parking area.  This 60 foot waterfall is a part of Station Creek and the Seneca River watershed.  For a full gallery from Station Cove Falls click here.

Next, it was on to Issaqueena Falls, also in Oconee County.  These falls plunge 100 feet and are also a part of the Seneca River watershed.  They are fed by Cane Creek.  It was a treacherous climb to the base of the falls, but well worth the effort.  The photo below only shows the bottom portion of the (upper) falls.  To view the entire gallery click here.

7/10/14 - Issaqueena Falls, Oconee County, South CarolinaIssaqueena Falls7/10/14 - Issaqueena Falls, Oconee County, South Carolina  

© 2014 Michael Allio

In the Camera - Nikon D610 - Nikkor 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5 lens - Aperture: f/20 - Shutter Speed: 8 seconds - ISO: 100

Our last set of falls for this trip was McGalliard Falls in Valdese (Burke County), North Carolina.  When getting out of the car we could hear the falls.  Just out of sight of the parking lot McGalliard Creek plunges 40 feet.  There is an abandoned mill on the edge of the plunge pool at the bottom.  The mill was active until 1941.  The original wheel was washed away in a flood in 1916.  When the park was established in 1982 the mill was rebuilt.

McGalliard Falls - Valdese, North Carolina (Burke County)McGalliard Falls - 07/11/2014McGalliard Falls - Valdese, North Carolina (Burke County)

© 2014 Michael Allio

In the Camera - Nikon D610 - Nikkor 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5 lens


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