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Don’t you just want to step into this scene?

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I know I posted another shot of this waterfall last week but I felt like it was worth another view since it was so much work to get here.  This is just one of those kind of places where you feel like you have stumbled into a hidden paradise.  To think that it’s so close by is amazing.

I need to get back out and find more of these places and I think you do too!  Let me know if anybody is ready for a road trip.

Blue Hole Falls on High Shoals Creek
Indian Grave Gap Road
Hiawassee, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Tamron 10-24 Di II LD SP AF
11mm at f/11 – 1/13 sec – ISO 400

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Lake Chatuge

View of the lake and mountains from Towns County Park

It is amazing what you can discover when you take the time to look around!  Above is an image of Lake Chatuge from the Towns County Park in Hiawassee.  Joyce and I had been on our hiking adventure to Blue Hole Falls and decided to drive up to Hiawassee and visit Lake Chatuge.

Lake Chatuge is a man-made lake on the Georgia/North Carolina border, that was created by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA).  The resevoir was formed by the construction of Chatuge Dam on the Hiawassee River which was completed in 1942.  The lake covers over 7,000 acres with 132 miles of shoreline that attract many visitors who enjoy boating, fishing, swimming and just admiring the views offered in the beautiful mountain setting.

Though I often think that there’s never anything good coming out of government activity (especially in light of the current Presidential campaign). It looks as though there are quite a few projects like Lake Chatuge and Lake Lanier, completed by the TVA and the Army Corps of Engineers, which we can actually enjoy and be thankful for.

I know that many people from the Atlanta area own mountain cabins or just go up to Hiawassee and Lake Chatuge for their summer-time recreation but this was the first time that we had actually stopped here.  The area is beautiful and I will certainly return again in the future.

Lake Chatuge
Towns County Park
Hiawassee, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Tamron 16-300 Di II VC PZD Macro
Featured image: 16mm @ f/18 – 1/125 sec – ISO 100

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Blue Hole Falls

A marvelous waterfall that I almost didn’t get to

This is a beautiful waterfall that Joyce and I visited yesterday.  We drove up into the mountains on a Saturday morning that fluctuated from beautiful sunshine to ugly-looking thunderclouds.  The rain opened up on us as we wound our way through the roads heading toward Blairsville where we were staying the night.  Things cleared up by the time we arrived so, we decided to go exploring.

I had done a bit of web-surfing to see what the points of interest were in the area surrounding Brasstown Bald which was our main destination for this outing.  Since the plan was to try for another Milky Way shoot from the mountain top, we had plenty of time to tour the vicinity before heading up there.  I came across a description of High Shoals Falls and thought that sounded like a great spot so, that’s where we headed.

I think there must be two falls in this area that are called High Shoals.  The first description I saw said the falls were in an area on Lake Chatuge and it was an easy 0.5 mile walk to the falls.  That was NOT the one we ended up seeing!!

We went on an off-roading expedition that nearly did my poor little Altima in and had Joyce ready to sit down and wait for a sherpa to come carry her back up the trail.  The road to get to the falls was a small off-shoot of a 55 MPH highway that is easy to miss.  If you are lucky enough to find it, be careful that you don’t break your car’s axles as you go up the trail.  After making a crossing of a little stream (no bridge – you have to drive across it) you then go up a steep, heavily rutted, pot-hole filled trail for about 2 miles.  Then you get to hike in about 1.5 miles to see the falls.

I believe this was a worth-while trip as the falls were great but it wasn’t easy.  Highly recommended for the view but be ready for a rough ride to get there.  Probably much better if you have a Jeep or 4×4 truck.  Maybe I will find the easy walk one next time!

Blue Hole Falls on High Shoals Creek
Indian Grave Gap Road
Hiawassee, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Tamron 10-24 Di II LD SP AF
13mm at f/13 – 1/30 sec – ISO 400