Last weekend we drove up to Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park. I didn’t realize we lived so close, but it’s only about half an hour away. We wound up getting an annual pass, so we’ll definitely be going back a lot.
Finding this waterfall was a big surprise. Most of the stops on Skyline Drive are overlooks with a view of the valley below, but this stop was called the Naked Creek Overlook and it just looked like a big field surrounded by woods. I figured there must be something to look at or else what’s the point, right? So I walked down and down and down the field and I started hearing water, so I walked toward that sound. Finally I saw a creek deeper in the woods and I started walking toward that. I saw a little waterfall in the creek and Brandon said, “Are you going to take a picture of the waterfall” and I said, “It’s pretty small…” and he said, “Not that one, that one”, pointing to this big one way up the hill that I hadn’t even noticed. At that point we very distinctly heard a bear roaring off in the distance! I couldn’t pass up taking pictures of this waterfall, bear or no bear, so we hiked up to it.
It was still very much in winter-mode up there, very few leaves on the trees, no flowers, etc. I want to go back in a few weeks when things start blooming. I bet it’s stunning.