About The Area

Stillhouse Branch is a pristine little creek cradled in rhododendron, mountain laurel, hemlock, alder, maple and yellowroot.  It is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina.  The branch aptly gets its name by serving the whiskey making industry of the nineteenth century and possibly later.  It is our home and the home of abundant wildlife and lovely mountain flowers and trees.  We retreat to Stillhouse for solitude and a cool place to "chill out" on the hot July and August months of summer.

The cold water cascades (upper left) from our swimming hole (right), sheeting over moss covered rocks, through a series of clear pools.  Crayfish creep among the crevasses and nibble at toes sanding still too long in one place.  The spring begins with a sea of white and pink mountain laurel (Kalmia latifolia), giving way a little later to pinkster azalea (Rhododendron nudiflorum), and then to robust Catawba Rhododendron, (Rhododendron catawbiensis) (left).  The view from our rocks, a short walk at our retreat, a little cheap single wide mobile home, is always changing.   Brilliant sunsets and fog settled in the valley below (center) are breathtaking.  Fall brings brilliant reds and yellows of  maples, southern red oaks earning their name, scarlet oaks, huge golden leaves of mountain magnolia, glowing red of sourwood leaves that begin the show, all against a backdrop of evergreen

Other Photos (click picture for larger image)

Flood DamageStillhouse Branch

Hwy. 221 gone with the remains of hurricane Francis

                    A song of rock and water

.    Chickadee

    partial view of falls


                  View of top of falls

A lovely falls near our mountain retreat

More clouds
Lower Falls
More Lower Falls
Lower Falls Again
Still Falls

Mushrooms of Stillhouse (1) (2) (video)

Leaves of Stillhouse, Fall 2007