A lot of bears and coyotes call Beech Mountain home so it's always exciting when you discover little cave entrances like this one, hidden Voldemort-style in the base of a knotted tree trunk. Who knows what — or who — might be hidden on the other side of that shady hole? A quick peek won't hurt, will it?
Elk River Falls are located in Western North Carolina, right along the border of Tennessee. The hike from the parking area is super short but there are a lot of smaller game trails heading off in all directions from the Falls. The sound of the falls make it easy to keep your bearings and find your way back to the river.
Banner Elk is named for the Elk River and the Banner family, who established the first permanent settlement in 1848.
The Elk River and Shawneehaw Creek merge at Mill Pond. If you ever have the opportunity to visit Banner Elk and the surrounding towns, you won't be disappointed!