That's Big Mountain Branch that feeds into the North Fork of the French Broad River in Western Transylvania County NC. I took this picture back in March. The banks are covered in Dog Hobble. A ways up from this spot a road is proposed to cut across it from the Cherry Field section of Transylvania County to Balsam Grove. I don't know how I feel about that. The road would cut across a seldom traveled section of the Pisgah National Forest. It could open Balsam Grove and Silverstein up to complicated development and tourist could find their way back into some of the lonelier places of the County. Cars are built smaller but roads are built bigger these days.
Yet, Hwy 215 winds like a nervous snake across the top of The Gloucester Gorge into Balsam Grove. Once a road I simply know as the Turnpike went across Big Mountain from Cherry Field which is the most direct route. What ever came of it I don't know. It involves the government and government rarely ever makes sense.
That Forest Land is our land. It's yours and you may have never been here before. It doesn't belong to politicians and bureaucrats sitting in their castle keeps. It's the peoples land. Sometimes that's good and sometimes that's bad.What will be the determining factor will be the almighty dollar. As long as politicians feel they can get away with spending other peoples money they will.
The issue has been quite for some years. It ain't dead though.
I Turkey Hunted back in there yesterday. They've got the ground tore up. I came across Bear sign as ell. A Bear was struck there back in fall and it was some race. There's Coyote sign back in there as well. It's a fine country with tall stands of White Oak. It's a lonely place.