Exploring Hunt Fish Falls on Lost Cove Creek
If you make a right turn onto Old Jonas Ridge Road off The Blue Ridge Parkway just north of Linville, and only a few miles south of Grandfather Mountain, the first thing you see is a giant Christmas tree farm. What I found unusual was the large number of Colorado Blue Spruce growing there. Most of these farms grow the popular Fraser Fir, and it was refreshing to see something new! After a couple of miles, you turn onto a gravel one lane forest road, and wind your way about six miles along the ridge, moving deeper into a thick forest. With the windows down, you feel the 65 degree air, cooled by a recent passing thunder storm. Your destination is a small parking area at the Trailhead of a steep path that will take you down through thickets of Carolina Rhododendron in full bloom.
After descending for 30 minutes, you come to a creek fed from a steep series of small falls. A bridge of stone takes you over the creek, and you immediately hear the roar of a waterfall in the distance.
As you climb over rocks and old logs along the creek, you suddenly are face to face with a grotto and pool being fed by two falls. This is Hunt Fish Falls. It takes your breath away, and makes the one mile hike down the mountain well worth the strenuous effort.
After spending an hour in the grotto, it’s time for your daily workout, and the one mile climb back up the steep mountainside along the narrow muddy trail is better than any trip to the gym. Driving the eight miles back up the gravel road, you are back at the tree farm, and the drive south along The Parkway in the almost cold late afternoon air with the windows open makes for a well earned refreshing reward for a hike to Hunt Fish Falls.
Check out this short video made around the falls. The music alone is worth it. It’s the banjo great, Bella Fleck, violin virtuoso Joshua Bell, and cello legend Yo Yo Ma. http://youtu.be/iX8kstXx2LY