Well it's official. The federal government shutdown has begun. I worked a half day today and then headed home. Hopefully this furlough will not be a long one. We could really use the income! Anyway, I decided to take advantage of my unwanted vacation by heading over to Paint Rock on the North Carolina/Tennessee border to check out the rock art there.
I drove into Hot Springs and parked in the public parking area near the railroad tracks. Then I walked across the French Broad to check out the North Carolina Department of Archives and History sign for Paint Rock.
I then drove to River Road, which I followed to the North Carolina/Tennessee border and Paint Rock.
Around the corner from the rock art panel the road begins to follow Paint Creek. I headed in this direction and then found a distinct user trail that led up to the top of the Paint Rock cliff face. There were some remarkable views of the French Broad River valley and the surrounding mountains.