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Waterfalls of the Blue Ridge

Waterfalls of the Blue Ridge by Nicole Blouin, Steve Bordonaro, and Marilou Wier Bordonaro
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About the Book

» Author: Nicole Blouin, Steve Bordonaro, and Marilou Wier Bordonaro
» Pages: 216 pages
» Size: 8.9" x 6.5"
» Format: Paperback
» Features: Detailed driving directions, hiking difficulties, maps, breathtaking photographs, important addresses, and index

Find some of the best waterfalls located along the Blue Ridge Parkway, from the most popular and easy to find, to the hidden jewels deep in the forests. This guidebook provides all the information you need to find these moving spectacles of water and gravity.

Waterfalls are magical places – places of solitude, of serenity, of subtle power.  Surrounding these swirling drops you’ll find lush summer oaks, resplendent autumn colors, shiny winter icicles, and abundant spring wildflowers. From the Smokies to Shenandoah National Park, follow the authors as they guide you to nearly 100 of the best waterfalls in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Some are a stone’s throw from the road; others hide in the backcountry. Directions, hike distance and difficulty, and a brief history of the area accompany each description. So get out of your chair and into the woods. And don’t forget your camera: you’ll want to capture the elusive beauty found inside this must-have guidebook.

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About the Author

Born in Florida, Nicole Blouin graduated from Appalachian State Univeristy in North Carolina, where she fell in love with the mountains. She wrote her first book, Waterfalls of the Blue Ridge, in the early '90s, and since then has written four other guidebooks, which include mountain biking and road cycling.

Presently, she lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and keeps busy with freelance writing, editing work, and managing a rock climbing gym.

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Table of Contents

  • List of Maps
  • Acknowledgements
  • Introduction
  • Section One: The Basics of Blue Ridge Waterfalls
    1. About This Guide
    1. The Blue Ridge
  • Section Two: Virginia Waterfalls
    1. Luray and Shenandoah National Park
    2. Waynesboro
    1. Glasgow
    2. Alleghany Highlands
  • Section Three: North Carolina Waterfalls
    1. Hanging Rock State Park
    2. Stone Mountain State Park
    3. Blowing Rock
    4. Linville
    5. Little Switzerland
    6. Marion
    7. South Mountains State Park
    8. Asheville
    1. Brevard
    2. Pisgah Forest
    3. Cashiers
    4. Highlands
    5. Cherokee
    6. Bryson City
    7. Franklin
  • Section Four: Appendices and Index
    1. Important Addresses
    1. Bibliography

Reader Reviews

  • 5 Star ReviewWaterfall guide extrordinaire, November 20, 2008
    My wife & I travelled the Blue Ridge Parkway to North Carolina to photograph waterfalls. This book was indispensable and formed our principal reference and tour guide.
    An excellent value at twice the price.


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