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Small town life can be great.  Small towns can be tough, but the North Carolina High Country is packed with things to do; goof weather, fair weather, or bad weather.  It’s been raining all day but there’s always something to do.  Today it was another trip to Elk River Falls in Pisgah National Forest. Elk River Falls is a popular summer spot for locals, especially young people that like to jump off the rocks, as you can see from the photo above.  Unfortunately, people have died here but that doesn’t seem to stop other’s from taking the plunge from both sides of the falls.  The internet is full of videos of Elk River Falls Jumpers and information about people being hurt or killed, but every summer more people are on top of the falls, looking for that exhilarating plunge.  The Avery County dive team has recovered several bodies from beneath the falls, after jumps haven’t gone as planned. Aside from the tragedies, the falls are beautiful any time of year and a great place for a short walk through the woods, whether you’re day hiking, picnicking, bird watching or just looking for some solitude. Greg and Amy took a quick trip to the falls with Trudy Pope and Jamie Gardner, mother-in-law and son.  The rain came down steady all day but didn’t dampen the spirits of this great spot.  The falls are about 15 minutes from Banner Haven B&B and a great place for guests, friends, and family to visit when in the High Country. Hundreds of waterfalls for the mountains of North Carolina and are popular amount hikers photographers and others.  Elk River is one of the easiest to reach.  The trail rises about 50 feet from the parking lot, before dropping about 100 feet to the bottom of the falls. If you choose Elk River Falls or any other waterfall, be careful.  Waterfalls are beautiful but many waterfalls claim lives and hurt unsuspecting people every year.  Elk River is so easy to get to, it happens more here than some other places.

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Check out these great pics from the falls. If you’re staying at Banner Haven or anywhere in the High Country, there are lots of beautiful waterfalls to checkout.  If you’re looking, checkout NCWaterfalls.com for a list and directions to North Carolina’s best waterfalls.  And … as always, if you’re looking for a place to stay, checkout Banner Haven for a relaxing B&B or cabin rental.

Banner Haven B&B and Cabin Rentals
A Banner Elk North Carolina Bed and Breakfast

Innkeepers – Greg and Amy Gardner
509 Beech Mountain Parkway
Banner Elk, NC 28604

Rates starting at $55 per night (including breakfast)