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Black And White Waterfall

This black & white photograph features Benton Falls, with water cascading down a rock-layered cliff. Taken in the Cherokee National Forest of the Southern Appalachian Mountains, in Tennessee, you can enjoy this natural beauty in your home or office by selecting from a variety of available print options. Thanks for stopping by!

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Stacked Stones And Falling Water

Located at the Chilhowee Recreation Area in Tennessee, this photograph features various stacks of stones aside the picturesque Benton Falls. It’s available on various prints for your home or office – visit my gallery to see more.

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Scenic Morning View

Approaching the Chilhowee Recreation Area in the Southern Appalachian Mountains of Tennessee, I stopped at a scenic overlook to enjoy this morning view over Lake Ocoee. Now, you can also enjoy this same view on a wall in your home by visiting my gallery. Choose from a variety of fine print types –

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Enjoy your morning & have a nice day!

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Return To Benton Falls

Located in the Southern Appalachian Mountains of Tennessee, inside the Cherokee National Forest, the Chilhowee Recreation Area is home to Benton Falls.

Driving 7 miles up the mountain along Oswald Road, several scenic overlooks provide excellent morning views –

It’s $3 parking for a day pass, where visitors can enjoy bicycling, camping, fishing, hiking, picnicking and water activities. And, there are picnic tables, drinking water and toilets available. Dogs allowed.

From the trailhead, hikers can enjoy views of the scenic 7-acre Lake McCamy, including a quiet beach and clean water for swimming.

Continuing to Benton Falls, it’s a 3 mile out and back hike along a heavily trafficked trail of mostly hard-pack sand, with some rocks.

Benton Falls

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When it was time to depart, I once again enjoyed expansive views along the drive down the mountain –

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Also: see my first visit to Benton Falls.

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Scenic Overlook

This early morning photograph was taken from a scenic overlook along Oswald Road, driving up a mountain in the Cherokee National Forest, en route to the Chilhowee Recreation Area, home to Benton Falls. The body of water shown is Lake Ocoee. Prints available.

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Conasauga Falls

I recently had the opportunity to visit Conasauga Falls, a scenic waterfall located in Tellico Plains, Tennessee. At a distance of 1.3 miles out and back, the trail is rated as moderately difficult with a change in elevation of approx. 400-feet.

The trail has two switchbacks and no level stretches – it’s either all downhill, or uphill on the return. During my visit the creek was full, thereby reducing availability of access to other areas. However, if you wish to proceed downstream along the hillside, there is a minor path but it’s steep and very slippery – use caution!

The 3 mile road to the falls is a combination of paved and gravel, with areas where the pavement has deteriorated, and also deep potholes where the gravel begins. It’s not a major problem, but certainly good advice to drive slowly & steer clear of the hazards.

You can also read about my first visit to Conasauga Falls, last year.

Conasauga Falls

The trail is well kept and easy walking, except toward the bottom where some careful navigation over/around rocks is necessary. Steps finish the trail, leading hikers to the primary viewing area.

Downstream

Beyond Conasauga Falls and along a muddy embankment, I cautiously found my way to a lower elevation around a slight bend in the creek. I was greeted by the morning sun cresting over the highpoint of the Cherokee National Forest, casting a golden-green reflection from hillside foliage across the shallow water. What a sight!

Upstream

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Bald River Falls

Although most parks remain closed due to concerns about COVID-19, the picturesque Bald River Falls in the Cherokee National Forest can be enjoyed roadside. Prints available.

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Bald River Falls Close Up

Here’s a shot using my zoom lens…Bald River Falls, located in the Southern Appalachian Mountains of the Cherokee National Forest, in Tennessee. See more.

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Return To Bald River Falls

Located in the Cherokee National Forest of the Southern Appalachian Mountains in eastern Tennessee, the scenic Bald River Falls stands 90-feet tall and can be viewed from River Road.

Feeding into the Tellico River, another waterfall known as Baby Falls is conveniently situated less than half of a mile away. However, due to the Coronavirus pandemic and subsequent closure of most park facilities during this period, access wasn’t possible.

Bald River Falls

This was my third adventure visiting Bald River Falls – see more:

Roadside Waterfall

Single-sized parking spaces are periodically located along River Road, though during my visit, most were occupied by folks visiting the Tellico River for fly fishing. Luckily, I found a spot –

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Southeast Tennessee Road Trip

The state of Tennessee has many wonderful areas in nature to explore, and I’m usually well-prepared for such adventures – proper clothing and gear, food and water, review of weather conditions, directions, well-rested, etc.. However, it’s not possible to plan for every contingency, as I recently discovered.

Traveling to Farner, Tennessee, my destination was Turtletown Falls. Though the small town lacked clear signage, I happened upon a Postal Carrier who provided me with helpful directions:

Across from the small Post Office, you’ll see an old school that’s closed. Take that road for a few miles until you see a brown sign with an arrow pointing left. Turn there to get to Turtletown Falls.

After turning left, I drove for a mile or two, though was stymied by a one-foot deep stream across the dirt road. In a compact rental vehicle at the time, I wasn’t interested in getting stuck or stalling-out in the middle of nowhere. So, I reluctantly turned around and drove away; alas, no Turtletown Falls.

How About Bald River Falls?

Backtracking, I decided to visit Bald River Falls, a 90-foot falls which feeds into the Tellico River. Along the drive I photographed this interesting covered bridge:

Bald River Falls

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Conasauga Falls

Located near Tellico Plains close to the Cherohala Skyway, the 30-foot Conasauga Falls is a secluded, three-tiered waterfall not far from Knoxville or Chattanooga, Tennessee. The trail is a relatively easy 1.5 mile hike out-and-back, with an elevation gain of 370 feet. And, despite what some people have said online in review of their visit, the gravel roadway to the falls isn’t that bad – just watch for a few deep potholes.

This visit followed an earlier, same day hike to Falls Branch Falls, an adventure organized by my friend, Lara – thanks!

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Benton Falls In Tennessee

I recently visited Benton Falls in the Chilhowee Recreation Area of the Cherokee National Forest, located in the Southern Appalachian Mountains of southeastern Tennessee.

Note: If traveling on 1-75, I’d recommend access to the falls via US Highway 64, rather than Benton Springs Road – which is a shorter distance, though better suited for four-wheel drive vehicles, or mules.

From US Highway 64, driving seven miles north on Oswald Road affords visitors the opportunity to enjoy several separate scenic overlooks:

The Park

There’s a $3 admission to the park, payable at various posted areas; seal your money in the provided envelope, remove the adjoining stub to hang from your vehicle-mirror, and deposit funds in the designated repository.

The 1.5 mile trail to Benton Falls is an easy hike through the forest along a generally flat surface of mostly hard-packed sand, and passes by McCamy Lake:

Benton Falls

The two photographs below appear similar. However, the first example uses burst shooting, stacking 20 photographs onto one another, while the second image is a single shot with a longer exposure. This difference affects how the water is presented:

a steep descent of water from a height; a cascade.

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