Day 11: Blacks Bears a Plenty


time of year

Amazing to wake up to a 45F morning when it s still around 70F overnight at home in SC.

Rainbow Falls (150′ falls) and Turtleback Falls (25′ falls) Trailhead

Gorges State Park, Lake Toxaway, NC 3.9 miles out and back, 770 elevation gain. We saw a bear! I d say go early because this strenuous hike is VERY popular. Rainbow Falls is absolutely spectacular. Turtle Falls was beautiful too and just a short walk farther on.


difficulty: 6

Ingles salad bar for lunch. Yum.

A quick stop at Cashiers Farmers Market

Mountain Fresh Pizza from Mountain Fresh Grocery for dinner

It s not a trip to the Highland s without Mountain Fresh pizza and a walk around town. We spotted Maseratis, Bentleys, Porsches and some other fancy vehicles because it s that kind of town.


Pinky Falls

We saw our 2nd bear on the way to the trailhead. There are 3 little falls and a fantastic swimming area for humans and bears with a small rock slide and a sandy beach.


difficulty: 3

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