Trail crossing at Dutch Creek

Sun-Dappled Peace on Dutch Creek

I recently spent a weekend in Valle Crucis house- and dog-sitting for a girlfriend, and while I was there I visited one of my favorite spots again.

Lisa at Dutch Creek
Lisa at Dutch Creek

We used to live in the Valle in a tiny cabin on Dutch Creek, which is both the road and the water. Our road ended about a mile or so up from the house on the broad flank of a mountain called Bear’s Paw, or Yonah-wayah (5,203 feet).

Trail crossing at Dutch Creek
Trail crossing at Dutch Creek

You can walk out to the end of the road, then up the mountain toward the sound of running water and you’ll come to Dutch Creek as it tumbles down. If you cross the water and follow the path (and you should know your way around before trying it), you can climb to the summit, eventually. (You can also hike up past the old log cabin; the path there is also hard to follow, but leads to a pretty lookout over Seven Devils.)

Sun Dappled Peace on Dutch Creek
Sun Dappled Peace on Dutch Creek

When we lived there we usually only climbed up to a place we called Three Sisters, which was a spot on the mountain where several streams came together to form Dutch Creek proper. It’s a pretty picnic spot, and not too far to climb.

Salamanders on Dutch Creek
Two salamanders on Dutch Creek

On this particular visit to Dutch Creek though, I just wanted to visit this nearby spot, which is only a hundred yards or so into the woods. The creek was absolutely filled with salamanders (I stopped counting at ten), and the only sounds were the water and the creaking of trees. A perfect spot to sit and watch the water flow…

Looking up on Dutch Creek
Looking up on Dutch Creek

2 comments on “Sun-Dappled Peace on Dutch Creek

  1. Merri Wolff

    That post and photos make my heart happy. I love the sound and cool mist of a mountain stream. It is peace to my soul.

    • Lisa Creech Bledsoe

      It’s such an important part of why we love living here, isn’t it? 🩵

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