Madison Indiana Photography

“Great Smoky Mountains-Chastian Creek Cascade”


While on vacation in the Smokys we found another great out-of-the-way trail to hike and that was the Chastain Creek Trail. The trail  gets its start at the Smokemount campground on the North Carolina side of the Park.  The trail actually starts with the Bradley Fork trail and after you travel about 1.2 miles you will come across a side trail which is the Chastain Creek trail, the trail is actually very easy to hike with very little elevation change which is rare in the Mountains.

The hike is very pleasant with most of it being an old roadbed that follows the Bradley Fork of the Oconaluftee River, you pass thru beautiful stands of Yellow Birch and lush moss and fern covered understory, you also share the trail with horses as well so you best mind where you put your feet. You soon arrive at the trail for Chastain Creek which veers to the right, the trail is well marked  so you shouldn’t pass it.

After you enter the trail you will hike another mile before you come to an impressive slide in the creek, Chastain Cascade, it is wide spot in the creek where the water slides down a large rock formation for about 40 feet. We hiked it in the Fall which made for beautiful color and also we made the trek in a rainstorm which added to the beauty of the cascade. After taking a few images we made our way back down the trail only to be greeted with another sight I have not see before.

When you hike in the Smokys it is not uncommon to come across many wild animals, I have seen everything form whitetail deer to black bears  and turkeys, I have also come across innumerable species of birds and even viewed many of the large number of salamanders which call the park home.  But after we had hiked about a half a mile we came across something that I had not experienced before… Wild Boars !!

The rain had softened the sounds of us moving down the trail so when we happened across the boars neither them or us were aware of each others existence, so as you can imagine both species were startled by the encounter. Luckily for us the boar thought we were much more of a threat to them so they quickly vacated the area leaving us a little shaken by their presence, I have seen many bear in the park but these guys just seemed a little more intimidating to me than the average bear.

But no harm was done and of course my camera was in its backpack, were it usually  is when I come across an unusual animal sighting. So if you are in the mood for a nice hike in the park give this trail a try you are sure to see a beautiful cascade and if you are lucky you just might come across a pig or two while you are out.

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January 9, 2010 - Posted by | art, Clifty Falls, DSLR, fall, Great Smoky Mountain National Park, hiking, image, images, landscapes, leaf, mountains, nature, nature photography, photographer, photography, pictures, random, travel, Vacation, waterfalls

12 Comments »

  1. Great shot Bernie! I love what the moss and the golden leaves add to the waterfall! I ‘d sure like to take that hike, too. Maybe if I were, say, 3,000 miles closer.

    Comment by montucky | January 10, 2010 | Reply

    • You should be able to drive right on over and in an hour or two Terry 😉

      Comment by Bernie Kasper | January 10, 2010 | Reply

  2. Very lovely, as always. The boar encounter must’ve been incredible! They can be VERY dangerous!

    Comment by Lana | January 10, 2010 | Reply

    • That’s what I was thinking standing there watching them Lana, a bit unnerving for my taste !!

      Comment by Bernie Kasper | January 10, 2010 | Reply

  3. awesome water motion shot!

    Comment by ankush | January 10, 2010 | Reply

  4. Nothing boring about this adventure.

    Comment by David | January 11, 2010 | Reply

  5. The Smokey Mountains never looked so good. Great photo!

    Comment by RecycleCindy | January 11, 2010 | Reply

  6. wow.. great shot. Hope you had a great adventure with wild boars ;). Your shot explains it all!!

    Comment by Toej | January 11, 2010 | Reply

  7. I like the in tight composition and the color of the leaves really make the water stand out. Beautiful! Didn’t know wild boar where in the Smokey’s. Glad they decided to defer to the forest.

    Comment by Scott Thomas Photography | January 11, 2010 | Reply

  8. Gorgeous shot with a great rush of smokey blue falls coming right at you in the photo! Wild boars?! Wow!

    Comment by Anna Surface | January 12, 2010 | Reply

  9. Lovely silky feeling. And I love the golden leaves for added effect!

    Comment by Bo Mackison | January 14, 2010 | Reply


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