It is probably very obvious that we really like waterfalls as the majority of our episodes are on great waterfall destinations (over 100!). There are so many great waterfalls in the Carolinas and we just love discovering new ones and sharing them with everyone. While many of them require a hike or walk to reach the waterfall, there are a lot of them that you can see just driving by as they are completely roadside accessible. While we have already featured many of these roadside waterfalls on episodes and in previous blog posts (see Seven Waterfalls You Can View Without Hiking) we just keep finding new ones that need to be mentioned. These particular waterfalls are probably not episode worthy since they are so easy to reach and are somewhat small in size but if you are in the area, these are definitely worth checking out.
Outdoor activities are year-round in the Carolinas but there is no doubt that this region kicks it into high gear as the weather warms and Spring spreads its green blanket of color across the land. That being the case, we thought we would share some of favorite family friendly destinations that would be great outings for families with small children. There are a lot of good spots to choose from but we managed to prune the list down to the top 15 based on the following criteria: (more…)
We have all been out exploring or driving around and wondered the same questions: What hiking trails are near me? What waterfalls are close by? What are some interesting things to do that are near by? These are completely reasonable questions since your smartphone knows everything about you including your exact location at any moment. Yet these questions are surprisingly difficult to answer through traditional search queries. Most of the websites that come up are too general and the online maps, like Google Maps, are often incomplete or return inaccurate information. They are getting better but are not always providing relevant or interesting results. So where can you get this information? HD Carolina can help.
As winter sets in on the Blue Ridge Parkway, it may seem like there is nothing to see except road closures and dormant vegetation, but don’t let that steer you away. As always, visitors should check the National Park Service’s website for the most updated information regarding road conditions. If the road is closed due to construction it will be closed to all traffic, including pedestrians; however, if the road is closed due to weather it is usually still open to foot traffic. What better way to see America’s Favorite Drive than by hiking on the parkway to easily reached destinations. Many people enjoy this time of year on the parkway as it lends to cross country skiing, snowshoeing and hiking in colder weather. Check out a few of our favorite easily reached destinations below.
Fall! Leaves, apples, cider, cool temperatures, hayrides, corn mazes, glorious fall! Perhaps one of my favorite fall traditions is picking a pumpkin; the color, the shape, the texture and the creativity that is sparked by merely looking at all the varieties to choose from is one of the most exciting things about visiting a pumpkin patch, or at least it used to be; that was until I learned that one of my favorite traditions could also DO GOOD! These days the most exciting part about picking a pumpkin is knowing that I’m helping to send a child to summer camp. All the pumpkins at the patch at South Mountain Christian Camp in Bostic North Carolina have been donated which means visitors are free to choose their pumpkins and their price. 100% of the amount donated to pick out a pumpkin goes straight to camp scholarships. (more…)