Richland Creek

Water races rapidly around rocks in the gorge of Richland Creek, located along the Laurel-Snow Trail, near Dayton, Tennessee. If you’d be interested in a print for your home or office, visit my gallery.

Sugarloaf Mountain

Marquette, Michigan


This vintage photograph highlights a trail up Sugarloaf Mountain, located in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, near the city of Marquette. With this many tree roots and rocks, it’s good advice to watch your step. Prints and more available.

Mount LeConte

The Smoky Mountains


Mount LeConte stands an impressive 6593-feet above sea level – the tallest mountain entirely within the state of Tennessee – and provides hikers with stunning panoramic scenery of the Smoky Mountains. Enjoy this view from your couch or office desk chair, when you purchase a print from my gallery. There are several options available to select, and framed prints may also be customized to make it your own!

Climbing To The Clouds

Black Mountain

Located in Crab Orchard, Tennessee, Black Mountain connects with the Cumberland Trail and provides hikers with stunning scenic overlooks, as well as a geologic wonderland of massive boulders and cliffs.

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Water And Rock

Water races through the rocky gorge of Richland Creek, located along the Laurel-Snow Trail on the Cumberland Plateau, near Dayton, Tennessee. Prints available.

Rocky Cascades

Richland Creek


Water cascades over and around boulders in a shade-covered section of Richland Creek. It’s located near Dayton, Tennessee, on the Cumberland Plateau along the Laurel-Snow Trail.

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In The Gorge

Richland Creek


Morning sunlight filters around the corner into the gorge of Richland Creek, located on the Cumberland Plateau along the Laurel-Snow Trail near Dayton, Tennessee.

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Lower Piney Falls

Enter The Gorge

Located on the Cumberland Plateau near Grandview, Tennessee, Lower Piney Falls stands 40-feet tall and flows from Little Piney Creek. There’s no trail into the gorge, hence the view is usually from the top only. But, where there’s a will there’s a way, and I found my way into a better view. I hope you’ll enjoy my photography, and encourage you to visit my gallery to select a print for your home, office, or perhaps to be given as a gift for family or friends.

Lower Piney Falls

Lower Piney Falls is located in the Piney Falls State Natural Area, along Little Piney Creek, near Grandview, Tennessee, on the Cumberland Plateau.

Standing 40-feet tall, it’s a relatively short hike on well-maintained trails, though trail access includes only the top of Lower Piney Falls – unlike the 80-foot tall Upper Piney Falls, where hikers can enjoy trails to both the top and bottom. Dogs (leashed) welcomed. Parking is limited. No restrooms.

On an earlier visit, wanting gorge access to the base of the falls, I wandered along rock walls and gazed down steep hillsides, wondering what was below, beyond my sight. Later, I scoured the internet for personal accounts offered by people who had climbed into the gorge, though no definitive information was available as to the best point of descent.

So, once again I followed rock walls along the upper gorge for quite a distance, until the trail disappeared. There, I decided upon an area that seemed hiker friendly – no observable cliffs or deep ruts, though the hillside was steep. In addition, it had rained all morning, making topsoil slippery. I also encountered several areas of small, unstable rocks covered with leaves. As such, trees provided critical aid for stability. I did fall once, slipping in mud on the hill – but, with experience, I’ve learned to quickly shift my weight toward the side with the dislodged foot, so as to untangle and provide relief for the opposite knee. Fortunately, all I broke was my trekking pole, which was soon replaced with a walking stick.

When I finally reached Little Piney Creek at the base of the gorge, it quickly became apparent that I was downstream quite a distance from the falls, and would have to deal with a variety of conditions; each rock (and rocks were everywhere) was very slippery, covered with a damp brown silt, or moss; many fallen tress – some substantial in size – peppered the creek bed, serving as water-logged and slippery impediments against forward progress; and, each creek bank lacked continuity of flat surfaces, often interrupted with impassable, vertical rock walls or boulders. In such situations, it’s best to sacrifice ones dry feet in order to increase optional hiking pathways. It’s also safer, in that the fewer tall rocks on which my balance is tested, the better.

Along the way, I crossed the creek back-and-forth many times, opting to take the safest (not fastest) routes observable. When I finally arrived at the base of Lower Piney Falls, though the water was less than I’d hoped for, the accomplishment was gratifying, and the falls were beautiful.

Lower Piney Falls

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It is often said that necessity is the mother of invention. As applies to my adventure, I very much wished to find another way out of the gorge, not wanting to traverse the hazardous path from whence I came. Fortunately, I was able to ascend the opposite side of the gorge, hike above the rock rim and through the forest to a point beyond Lower Piney Falls. In so doing, I then descended into, and safely across, the creek.

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If anyone reading this post is seeking access to the base of Lower Piney Falls, here’s what you do: take the trail to the top of the falls, as normal. Once there, hike upstream approximately 150 feet and cross the creek where you see a few shallow rock ledges. Enter the forest and climb uphill, angling diagonally to the left until you are approximately 40-feet higher than the falls. Continue at this level along the hillside until you find yourself forward of the falls, and beyond the sheer rock wall of the gorge. There is a relatively easy route down and then back along the rock wall, leading you to a rocky hill covered in ferns, at the base of the falls.

Hiking Quote

I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.

Henry David Thoreau

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Upper Bailey Falls

Located in the Cherokee National Forest of the Smoky Mountains, near Greeneville, Tennessee, Upper Bailey Falls is a 30-foot tall waterfall in a slot canyon, with high rock walls set ten feet apart.

Following my visit to Lower Bailey Falls, I continued up a steep hillside and then back down a long, sloping rock pathway, to the top edge of the falls…

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Though similar, the waterway leading to the plunge pool of Upper Bailey Falls is shorter in distance, the water is deeper and the sound of falling water more substantial. With cool temperatures of both the water and air, I opted against wading forward into over waist deep water. While both falls were beautiful, the imposing geology of higher, tilting rock walls added greater interest to Upper Bailey Falls – making it my favorite of the two.

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Lower Bailey Falls

Located in the Cherokee National Forest of the Smoky Mountains, near Greeneville, Tennessee, Lower Bailey Falls is a 20-foot tall waterfall in a slot canyon, with high rock walls set ten feet apart.

In order to access Lower Bailey Falls, visitors first follow the trail to Margarette Falls. If you’ve never been to the area, I recommend that you make time and do this shorter hike first – the picturesque Margarette Falls stands 60-feet tall, and the uphill hike along Dry Creek provides many beautiful cascades and smaller waterfalls.

The hike to Lower Bailey Falls is a total of 4 miles out and back, very strenuous, with an elevation gain of 971 feet. From the base of Margarette Falls, hikers must first ascend a steep, rugged 100-foot hillside, staying to the left at top to parallel Dry Creek upstream. A short path, of sorts, includes two creek crossings, but soon the creek itself becomes the trail for the remainder of the trek.

Everything is covered in moss and very slippery, which includes all larger stones underwater – it’s always best, when you’re able to see clearly through running water, to step on to sand or a cluster of smaller stones for better footing.

This may seem obvious, but worthy of emphasis: bearing all of ones weight on a single point, if that foot slips into an awkward position between two fixed rocks, serious injury may result…

Further ahead, space aside the creek is soon consumed by rock walls, with no place to walk except in the water, and the creek depth varies. In a few spots, to avoid waist deep (and cold) water, I had to carefully climb along the rock walls before descending back into the creek, again. And, hikers will also encounter a few larger boulders – sloping, some 12-feet long – which are deceptively slick.

Eventually, exercising patience and with safety in mind, you’ll hear the roar of falling water, and Lower Bailey Falls appears in the distance…

Pictured at left (above) is the beginning of a steep, 40-foot uphill scramble – some cliff & some forest – with a subsequent 20-foot descent leading hikers to the top edge of Lower Bailey Falls. After a long, sloping rock pathway, visitors will then see Upper Bailey Falls approx. 100-feet in the distance…more on that another time.

Prints

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