Crabtree Falls: The Way Up
It was not an easy climb, and from the picture on the side you can get some idea of the grade. Parts of it was almost straight up, but surprisingly you saw all ages from the very young to the very old making their way up. I am not particularly a spring chicken so DL and I took our time.
You have to think of the 23 people that lost their lives in the climb. Thoughts are: that they might have been pretty foolish. Someone might have tried something on a dare, like going to a wet place off the path up, and just tumbling down in a jet of water bouncing off the rocks.
There would be some hard knocks there. Or as DL observed if the trail was wet it might not take any shannagins at all to miss step and take a fall. But as luck would have it, the only thing we had to suffer through was the climb itself. It was well worth the reward of reaching the top.
For a very splendid view:
"Elevation: 1593 ft. Several tiers of gently cascading water comprise Crabtree Falls. Surrounded by hardwood forests, with large oaks, maples, birch, and hickories, this is an awe-inspiring scenic area whose natural beauty is sure to impress any visitor."
And if you don't happen to get up there like we did, here is a picture to wet your desire.
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