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Chimney Rock

Chimney Rock is out US-64 E in Chimney Rock near Lake Lure.

It has hiking trails, incredible views and a long history.

In the late 19th Century, the area was owned by Jerome B. Freeman. He logged the area for the huge virgin black walnut trees. These enormous trees were cut by hand, dragged by oxen and taken by wagon to the railroad in Hendersonville. The trees were so huge, just one log could be hauled at a time. Continue reading Chimney Rock

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The Aethelwald Hotel, Brevard NC

The Aethelwald Hotel, Brevard NC Gateway to the Beautiful Sapphire Country
The Aethelwald Hotel, Brevard NC
Gateway to the Beautiful Sapphire Country

When I was a kid, there was a store that sold jewelry, blown glass and porcelain animals and silk flowers. I used to stare for hours and save my money to buy some of my favorite things here. I bought a silk rose that looked so real. I had no idea there had ever been a hotel. It didn’t even have a third floor. Continue reading The Aethelwald Hotel, Brevard NC

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Whitewater Falls

Whitewater Falls Sapphire, NC
Whitewater Falls Sapphire, NC

Upper Whitewater Falls, in North Carolina, plunges 411 feet.

Lower Whitewater Falls, in South Carolina, cascades another 400 feet.

Together that makes 811 feet, which may make Whitewater Falls the highest waterfall east of the Rockies. Continue reading Whitewater Falls