When we set out on the over 2 hour and change drive we hadn’t planned on even hiking this waterfall, but after we finished hiking Piney Falls Natural Area we still had plenty of sunlight left so we decided to hit one more waterfall- and Stinging Fork Falls was it.
Let me just say the drive to Stinging Fork falls is absolutely beautiful- but the hike? Raw beauty at it’s finest, gorgeous trees, massive boulders it’s truly breathtaking and quite the hike!
Especially on the way back. We passed several hikers slowly making their way back to the parking lot looking exhausted and whispering between pants about how hard the trail was.
But once you get down all the rough-hewn stairs and hike along the river to the falls it’s the most picturesque gem.
Look at that gorgeous fall color! It is so wonderful here.
We climbed out on a boulder in the middle and just sat there relaxing and soaking up the peace.
There is just something so serene about being here by the rushing water that makes you feel so good.
I just couldn’t get enough of the view.
Look at that beautiful scene. It looks like something out of a movie.
You can almost hear the water roar over the falls.
This was the perfect time of year to come here. It is not too hot, not too cold and the colors of fall are beginning to show all around me.
This area is just a stones throw from where my great grandparents grew up and my great grandfather too.
I wonder if their feet walked these trails?
Did they steal away in the heat of summer with their friends to come here and enjoy the falls?
Did they steal a swim when the days grew long and hot and fireflies gathered around the water?
I hope they did. That they enjoyed this place as much as we have today.
While we were sitting there, a group of hikers stumbled upon us turned out they had been lost for hours and couldn’t find their way back out. We offered to let them hike back with us and the happily agreed, about halfway up all those stairs really hit you by the time we reached victory in the parking lot (and our cars) we were all exhausted but laughing and we all had another hike under our belts.