We're nearing the waterfall now. The trail becomes solid rock in places. High rock walls run along the path. It wouldn't be a good time to twist an ankle. We are deep in the forest now. Often when hiking to a waterfall in the Appalachians, the sound of falling water is heard before it's seen. Trees and other plant life thrive in the moist environment surrounding waterfalls. The lush green foliage obscures the view.
As we approach Laurel Falls, the sound of falling water is heard. Soon the whitewater of the falls is spotted through the trees. We pick our way carefully through the boulder field below the falls and find a rock to sit on. The falls throw off a mist of spray and ions that feels quite refreshing. The sound is loud, even with the lower than normal water flow.
Take some pictures and find a rock to sit on. After lingering here and resting a while, it's time to return. We retrace our path back to the trailhead. Before leaving the water on our way out, a cold mountain stream soaking revitalizes the weary feet. The sun hangs low above the ridge on the way home. Sleep will come easy tonight.
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