I started snooping around an area in Little River on Google Earth and found something worth exploring.
I came across the above spot and thought it looked like there might be something interesting there, but I didn't have much of an idea of exactly what I might find.
Could be something, could be nothing.
About 50 yards from the area, the stream bends sharply into an S. I looked to my right where everything opened up and saw this:
This video shows from back downstream to the rock wall upstream.
This rock gives the area an overpowering feeling. With the caves and weathering and the fact it just appears in the forest, it feels kinda spooky.
There are two caves here: the huge one in the rock face and a smaller one down towards the floor directly beneath it.
The smaller cave can be accessed, but it's a bit sketchy and I skipped it on both trips. From a higher vantage point, I could see that it goes straight back 5-10 feet, then bends hard right for about 15 feet. On the second trip to this spot, I realized that it isn't all that difficult to get up there, but I still have my doubts about safely getting back down.
This shows the two small logs that lead up into the smaller cave. They were put there by people to make it easier to get into the cave. How else would they cover it in graffiti?
The larger cave above. There are no practical ways to get inside, if you consider rappelling "impractical". (I would be game if any experienced rappellers out there who stumbled across this post were interested...) It might be possible to look into the cave from the opposite hillside, though I didn't feel this was worth the effort on either trip.
Just down from that cave, you can see where it looks like water has crammed sticks and brush into small crevasses in the sidewall. This sits 10-15' off the creekbed. There are more than a couple examples of this along here, some between 20-30' off the creekbed. My guess is this debris is really old and was stuffed in there back when the creekbed was much higher.
My goal was further up the stream, but this huge rock/small mountain was far too enticing. I continued around towards the back, where a thin trail led up a steep and loose-rocked path towards the top.
This whole side of the rock has a lot of holes like this. The entire rock is sandstone and was formed underwater eons ago. I'd love to visit this spot with a professional geologist.
The path led under a massive rock which fell between the main mountain on the right and a smaller (yet still massive) boulder on the left. It is very stable and obviously isn't going anywhere, but going underneath it was still where I was moving the fastest on the trek.
Not much going on up on top of the rock, but here's the picture. It was very hot up there, though. This is actually a ways above. I didn't go out to the spot immediately above the rock face, but it is large and flat.
This is the trail from the top back down to the creek. The whole trail isn't like this, but still..."why do I do this again...?"
On my way back down to Earth, I scooted up the creek and dropped in on what had been the goal all along, and it ended up being something I hadn't quite seen before:
It's around 400 yards long or so, at least what I could see. The creek is one solid piece of rock. The ground I was standing on was also part of that piece. There wasn't any sediment or anything else typically found in creeks. Just a sheet of rock and less than an inch of water. I didn't feel like walking up the hill to see what was around the corner. Maybe next time.
A couple flowers left and right of where I was standing for the video.