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Fall Hike to Gorgeous North Carolina Waterfalls

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Gorges State Park and the Horsepasture River
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Nov 8 2003  9:00 am >> N/A
Registration Opens: Mon, Jan 1 2007 12:00 am
Registration Cut Off: Tue, Nov 4 2003 11:59 pm
Event Duration:per itinerary
Difficulty Rating:D5: Difficult
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:16
Minimum Group Size:4
Number Registered So Far: 16 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No

Moderate to Strenuous (total distance approximately 6 miles)

If you only have one day to spend in North Carolina, this is the place to go. We will begin our day at the main trailhead at Gorges State Park, which is the newest State Park in North Carolina. We’ll do the moderate to strenuous hike to Bearwallow Falls, a round trip distance of 3.2 miles. This hike has an incredible waterfall and some really beautiful scenery. Next we will hike 2.5 miles round trip along the Horsepasture river past Drift Falls, Turtleback Falls and ending at the incredible 150 foot Rainbow Falls from the same trailhead. Time allowing we can visit the highest waterfall east of the Mississippi, Whitewater Falls, some 441 feet tall (a short paved path of half mile round trip to the upper overlook). There will be optional inexpensive dining at a local restaurant in Walhalla, South Carolina on the way back.

This is a long drive of some 135 miles that more than makes up for the distance with some incredible waterfalls in North Carolina’s newest state park and a National Wild and Scenic River, the Horsepasture.

Required Items to Bring:
appropriate clothing for cooler weather
hiking shoes with good support
2 liters of water
trail food.
Recommended Items to Bring:
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bug repellent
a small daypack to carry your trail food and water.

How to Get There:
Event Directions:North Carolina meet at park and ride only From the park and ride lot we travel north on I-85 north to South Carolina where we turn north at first exit on Highway 11 north to our trailhead, some 9 miles into North Carolina.


Are Dogs Permitted? No

Will this event occur rain or shine? Not in very bad weather, such as heavy rain forecast
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Cost Includes:No pre-paid fees. Bring money for carpooling expenses, optional dinner and misc. park fees.

Cancellation/Partial Attendance:   Please review the AOC cancellation policy.