Viewpoints – My {Courthouse Falls} View

I got the itch to photograph a waterfall recently.  So I opened up my trusty regional waterfall map and tried to decide which of the 300+ waterfalls I should choose.  Some of course are a great distance away and some are ranked low on the scale of beauty factor so I selected one fairly close by and with a high(ish) beauty rating.

This led me to choose Courthouse Falls located in the Pisgah National Forest.  It didn’t seem too terribly far away (or so I thought) and the images I’d seen of it were really pretty.

So we set out Tuesday morning on the Parkway to the falls.  It had rained a bit the last few days and it was an overcast morning.  As we are driving we are watching the amazing mountain views on either side of us.  Beautiful white clouds are nestled between the layers of the mountains and it’s a gorgeous ride along the parkway.   Soon we reach our turnoff and head off the parkway.

I always forget to allow for time driving on a dirt/graveled road to reach the falls.  Many of the waterfalls are deep in the woods and not only do you drive for a few miles on graveled service roads, once you park you also have to hike to the actual falls.

An hour and a half later we are finally parking the car at the head of the trail.  My companion is giving me the stink eye, but I choose to ignore it.  🙂

Luckily it’s a short hike ( a half mile ) to the falls.  What’s really beautiful about this hike is you follow Courthouse Creek all the way to the falls and watching the water wind it’s way over and between the moss and creek bed rocks is both beautiful and soothing.

Aperture: ƒ/22 | Focal length: 38mm | ISO: 200 | Shutter speed: 1/2s |

Aperture: ƒ/22 | Focal length: 24mm | ISO: 100 | Shutter speed: 1/1.3s |

Aperture: ƒ/22 | Focal length: 70mm | ISO: 200 | Shutter speed: 1/2s |

We reach the falls and head down the well-traveled bank to the base.  It’s small but gorgeous!  I have my waterproof boots on so I can wade in the creek to get a better view.  Amazing how nature could create a half moon shaped rock formation for the falls to flow over.  The bottom of the falls looked deep and I understand it’s a great swimming hole in the summer.

Aperture: ƒ/10 | Focal length: 53mm | ISO: 100 | Shutter speed: 13s |

Aperture: ƒ/9 | Focal length: 24mm | ISO: 100 | Shutter speed: 1/8s |

Aperture: ƒ/10 | Focal length: 25mm | ISO: 100 | Shutter speed: 13s |

After our visit we made a round trip to the city of Brevard, NC and had a nice lunch.  It was a great way to end our adventure.  Now it’s time to consult that map again!

Viewpoints is collective blog consisting of members who love landscape photography. This month is no exception to the beauty that surrounds us in this world.  My very talented friend Amy Miller of Big Woods Creative is next in line.  Follow the circle around to see her view this month.

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  • Kristen Ryan - These are absolutely stunning, Kathy! And it sounds like a fantastic adventure too!ReplyCancel

  • Amy - What a beautiful and inviting little spot. I’d have a hard time leaving! I also crown you waterfall queen… these images are stunning!ReplyCancel

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