Monday, July 25, 2011
After I began researching the West family and reading about Stony Fork and the other areas of family significance, locations such as Glady Branch, Glady Fork, Redy Branch, Lewis Fork, Mason’s Branch, Bull Branch, and Naked Creek, I wanted to visit the Stony Fork area of Wilkes County. In September 2010, two of my 1st cousins 1x removed and a 2nd cousin along with two of our spouses made a day-trip to the valley where Stony Creek winds among the idyllic pastures. Stony Fork Creek runs off the slopes of Tompkins Knob and the Blue Ridge Parkway and quietly makes its way between Dividing Ridge and Elk Ridge and then to the Yadkin River above the Kerr Scott Reservoir. As we explored the area, we were fortunate to discover a large and beautiful waterfall, which almost seemed untouched by human hands. The waterfall was located on the north western end of Stony Fork Road. The waterfall, which drops, according to the Internet, over 200 feet, feeds into Stony Creek and ultimately into the Yadkin River. Since I was on the road above and was too far way, the photograph that I took doesn't do justice to this awesome sight.