|Lush wildflowers bursting with the oranges and reds of summer.|
|Still Waters looking out into wilderness from the top of Big Scaly Mountain.|
|A side trail led to spectacular High Falls.|
|Crossing Beech Creek.|
|The scary/fun climb up Chimney Rock.|
|I made it!|
|Finding impressive Wateroak Falls was a satisfying reward for 20 minutes bushwacking.|
|Camping behind the rhododendrons near the junction of the Deep Gap Trail and Wateroak Falls Trail.|
For more information:
Tim Homan's Hiking Trails of the Southern Nantahala Wilderness and Chattooga National Wild and Scenic River- an excellent guidebook.
Trails Illustrated #778- FS roads to get to the trailheads.
US Forest Service Map: "Southern Nantahala Wilderness and Standing Indian Basin"- this shows old roads and unmaintained trails, with better detail than the Trails Illustrated map.
Sherpa Guide's Trail Description.