We have been looking forward to Spring Break for quite some time. Winter just kept holding on in Kentucky with some late snows and nasty weather. This year we headed to North Carolina to do some hiking. We set out to visit the waterfalls from the movie Last of the Mohicans. We were blessed with some GREAT Spring weather and had a lot of family fun. On to the pictures:
On day one of hiking we went to Chimney Rock State Park, home of Hickory Nut Falls and some spectacular views.
Chimney Rock from below
The Hickory Nut Falls Trail runs along below Chimney Rock to the base of the falls.
Hickory Nut Falls can be seen in the background of this scene from Last of the Mohicans. Some of the movie's climactic fight scenes take place from the top of the falls, though that area is currently closed to hikers.
Approaching the falls
Hickory Nut Falls
The girls loved this "castle" viewing area.
Family selfie (minus the selfie stick, which got left in the hotel room)
Climbing the hundreds of stairs up to Chimney Rock
When you need a break because you're so out of shape, you can pretend to just be taking in the incredible views.
Athletic AJ goes on ahead and is first to arrive on the chimney.
The girls are always up for a photo on hiking trips.
Essie atop Chimney Rock
Dad and his girls
Mom and Dad
Family shot on Chimney Rock
Essie enjoying the view
View of Chimney Rock from above
The "Opera Box"
The "Devil's Head"
View from Exclamation Point
It was EXTREMELY windy at Exclamation Point
Chloe enjoys the view from the top
After lunch we spent some time walking along the river that runs at the entrance to the park. The kids loved climbing all over the rocks, and Mom was the only one to fall in.