Some parts of the Southern Appalachians have a geology that is not conducive to the creation and longevity of waterfalls. For instance, the Great Smoky Mountains,for all of their beauty and diversity, have an obvious lack of waterfalls. But some parts of the southern Appalachians are packed cheek by jowl with waterfalls of every size and volume.
So it was with my visit to Unaka Mountain on the border where eastern
Tennessee meets western North Carolina. This area is covered in waterfalls of every size. There are so many waterfalls in this part of the Apps that many go without names and many remain unmentioned in any guidebooks or trail maps.
When I was camping there recently I had the chance to see some of these spectacular waterfalls, but by no means all of the ones in that compact geography. And that's okay, because it gives me a few more reasons to return.