Big Ivy/Walker Falls
with Everette Robinson
Hike leader: Everette Robinson
Cell-phone: (828) 545-1369
Date: Sunday, October 21.
Time and meeting place: 9:00 at the Dillingham Community Center in Barnardsville.
Drive time to destination is about 45 minutes to 1 hour from Asheville.
The Big Ivy section of Barnardsville, also known as the Coleman Boundary is one of y favorite destinations in autumn. Firstly, the nine-mile stretch of Forest Service Road 74 passes numerous roadside cascades and waterfalls. Secondly, the large variety of deciduous hardwood trees puts on a show of autumn coloration in mid-October. In a normal year the waterfalls often reduce to a trickle in autumn, but with the ample rainfall this year water levels should be pretty good, giving a nice combination of fall color and water.
At the road’s end a moderate trail leads one-half mile to the base of 70-foot Douglas Falls. The trail does contain a couple of tricky sections over slippery rock.
Options: Half-day or all day. Many participants may be satisfied to do the roadside waterfalls and backtrack for a half-day outing. Those wanting to hike to Douglas Falls and linger on the return trip can plan for a day lasting until 3:00 or 4:00. Bring lunch and/or snacks, depending on your plans for the day.
Directions: About 20 minutes northwest of Asheville on the future I-26 take the Barnardsville/Jupiter exit, Exit 15. Turn right and drive 6 miles to Dillingham Road on the right. Turn onto Dillingham Road and reach the Big Ivy Community Center on the left in 1.9 miles. We will park here to carpool the rest of the way.
Recommended equipment: A tripod, wide-angle lens and telephoto zoom for waterfalls away from the road. Definitely bring a polarizer, neutral density, and graduated neutral density filters.
Recommended apparel: Hiking boots or tennis shoes fine for those just doing the roadside waterfalls. Those planning on hiking should have hiking boots with good tread. Wear layered clothing—October weather can be very tricky and we will be gaining altitude as we go. As always, be prepared for the possibility of rain with ponchos and protective gear.
Restrictions: There will be a twelve to fifteen person cap on this outing, mainly due to limited parking at the waterfall pullouts. We will meet to carpool at the Dillingham Community Center. The goal is to only take 4 vehicles, 5 at the absolute maximum.