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Bear Lake Paddle with Sols Creek and Flat Creek Falls
This is a 5 mile flat water paddle on Bear Lake in Jackson County, NC. Meet at the Duke Energy Energy Public Boat access 4.2 miles east of NC 281. Do not follow the blue Bear Lake Reserve sign as it goes to a private gated community. If you are coming from Cashiers on NC 281, state road 1137 is 1 more right turn on the north side of the river. after the Blue sign. Follow this east for 4.2 miles. The ramp is clearly marked with ample parking and outhouses. We will paddle 2.5 miles to Sols Creek Cove. The hike to the falls is 1/3 mile out and back. Lower Sols Creek is a 120 ft falls surrounded by steep rock cliffs and can only be reached by boat. We will then back track to the small island for swimming and a picnic lunch. Just of west of the island we will find an old logging road that will be a 2.5 mile out and back hike to Flat Creek Falls. ( I have not done this portion of the trip.) This is marked by Bear Lake Reserve as a hike for guests. Flat Creek Falls is s spectacular 200 ft of little drops and slides then a big drop and cascades. Kevin Adams rates this falls with a beauty rating of 10 and a hiking difficulty of 10, so few people are able to visit and appreciate this site...unless you arrive by boat and the hike is rated moderate. After this hike we return to the boat ramp. Please be sure to bring ample water for a full day in the sun, boat, paddle, PFD, lunch, towels, sunscreen, water shoes, hiking shoes, and a rope to tie of boat during hike. This outing is a very strenuous excursion due to the 6 mile hike and the 5 mile paddle. This is s similar trip with a detour at the north end of the lake and different Flat creek hike requiring more paddling, a creek walk, and wet boulder scrambles. https://www.dwhike.com/Hikes-in-the-South/North-Carolina-Hikes/Nantahala-National-Forest/Bear-Creek-Lake-Waterfalls-NC/ I will not be carpooling. Please contact other members if you would like to carpool from the Roses Parking Lot at 617 Park Street in Belmont.

Bear Creek Lake

State Road 1137 (end of road) · Tuckasegee, nc

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The Carolina Berg Wanderers is a Charlotte-area club formed in the 70's by people wanting to make friends with others who enjoy outdoor activities. 'Berg Wanderer' means mountain wanderer in German, which is how the club was named by its founders. With some original members still active, and many new members, the Bergs are very active throughout the year. We invite anyone with an interest in the great outdoors to join the club. Our membership, which includes families, married couples and singles of all ages, is as varied as our choice of outings.

We camp, hike, backpack, mountain bike, road bike, sea kayak, whitewater canoe and kayak, and cross country and downhill ski. Some just enjoy the beauty of the outdoors.

Our events are primarily initiated, planned, and led by our individual members, which gives us a wide variety of activities.

If you enjoy the outdoors, whether it's hiking to a waterfall, cross country skiing in sparkling winter wonderlands or riding your mountain bike on rail-trails, and you enjoy the company of others who have a passion for these wonderful activities, you will enjoy us.

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