Bust Your Butt

(Gneiss NC)
The road to my next camp took me along the Cullasaja River south of Franklin. Winding through the mountains, I came upon another watery and rocky scene. The spot was known by locals as Bust Your Butt Cascades.

Cullasaja River

Bust Your Butt Cascades

I could see how it got the name. There was a nice incline, although not too steep. The water was low; but, when running normally, it would rush over the rocks. Anyone in the stream would be swept from rock to rock, busting their butt on the way.

Cullasaja River

Fall and Pool at Bust Your Butt

Cullasaja River

Drop into a Pool

A couple of pools there would make nice swimming holes. One had a rope dangling from a tree which was quite suitable for swinging out to drop into the deep spot. In my mind, I could see folks running, sliding, splashing, and yelling; just having a good ol’ time.

Cullasaja River

Slippery Rock

Cullasaja River

Crystal Clear Cool Water

On I went to the camp on the narrow mountain road. I snagged the one spot in the woodsy campground that had an opening for my solar panels. The sites were well spaced and separated by trees and shrubbery.

Camp: Nantahala NF-Van Hook Glade CG drycamp
Scene: River, cascades, rocks

Note: This visit occurred in October.

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2 Responses to Bust Your Butt

  1. Martha December 8, 2016 at 7:04 pm #

    It looks like a very attractive spot, and I wonder how the crowds are during the summer months.

    • Pleinguy December 8, 2016 at 10:59 pm #

      Don’t know. But, I suspect it is a fairly popular spot.

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