The view of the waterfall from Erwin's View Overlook at Linville Falls on the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina on Wednesday, September 7, 2016. Copyright 2016 Jason Barnette
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Linville Falls is one of the most popular waterfalls on the Blue Ridge Parkway, but most people don't know there are actually two trails with scenic overlooks to enjoy the view. The most common, and easier, route is the Linville Falls Trail with three scenic overlooks. But the more strenuous, and rewarding, is the Linville Gorge Trail with a 600' descent to the base of the waterfall. Which will you choose?

A nice lady from the gift shop helped me load four cases of Yuengling Premium into the back of my van. I was only a few hundred cases short of feeling like Smokey and the Bandit, but these were Christmas gifts so I was excited anyway. Loading up the beer at the gift shop was […]

The Powell Valley Overlook is proof that not all scenic overlooks are the same. This overlook stands high on the side of a mountain range overlooking the lush valley below. Farms, homes, and wide open fields cover the valley floor. Day or night this is a place to visit for an amazing view.

“Are you going to learn how to shag?” Within an hour of arriving in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina for a short getaway I had been asked this question by a half dozen people. The shag is the pride and joy of the locals and they want to share it with as many visitors as […]

I was just coming back from a beautiful sunset view across the marshes behind Hunting Island State Park when my heart nearly stopped. Ahead of me the wooden boardwalk that would take me from the island back to my car at the parking lot was just inches from being flooded. It didn’t even look like […]

Standing on the observation deck near the 3,533′ summit of Sassafras Mountain I could see the towering Great Smoky Mountains in the distance. Gentle rolling hills and short mountain peaks dotted the lush landscape. It had been a crazy ride getting here, but now that I was standing at the highest point in South Carolina […]

Amidst the tourist attractions, rental properties, and restaurants lining the highway through North Myrtle Beach is a quiet escape through nature at a place called Vereen Memorial Gardens. Straddled by subdivisions and a golf course, the botanical gardens is a short, fun journey through nature along the Intracoastal Waterway. It’s not exactly a place to […]

One very cold February day a winter storm rolled across the Appalachian Mountain of Northeast Tennessee. At first a light flurry drifted across the landscape, but quickly developed into a furious snow storm. A few hours later the snowfall slackened, and a few minutes after that I was out the door with my camera gear […]

Hungry Mother State Park is one of those hidden parks in Virginia that also turns out to be one of the best. It was part of the original six parks to open in June 1936, but this was the location of the governor chose for the grand opening ceremony. Today the 108-acre park’s main attraction […]

Ever see that cutesy meme floating around the Internet comparing the two types of drivers in the world: each see the gas needle almost at “E” and one says “I need to get gas immediately” while the other says “I can go a bit longer.” I’m the one who is always trying to pump just […]