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Skinny Dip Falls

Located along the Blue Ridge Parkway in the Pisgah National Forest of North Carolina, Skinny Dip Falls is a 1 mile out and back hike featuring several small waterfalls with refreshing pools.

The trailhead is situated across the street from the scenic overlook for Looking Glass Rock. A very popular tourist destination, the parking lot fills early, with overflow along the street. Leashed dogs are welcome. No restrooms.


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More Shots From North Carolina

Photographs from my recent visit to Graveyard Fields Trail, NC –

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Second Falls

Located along the Blue Ridge Parkway in the Pisgah National Forest of North Carolina, Second Falls is one of two waterfalls which can be enjoyed while hiking the Graveyard Fields Trail.

If possible, arrive early – this is a popular area which can become quite crowded with overflow parking along the street. Information placards include a map of the trail – study this closely, as a mix of trail spurs can become confusing – and, restrooms are available. Also, dogs are welcome on this trail but must be kept on a leash.

Hikers should come prepared with ample water, and expect to encounter mud on the trails. While it goes without saying that rocks can be slippery, so too are wooden steps and boardwalks – exercise caution. In summary, I really enjoyed my hike on this trail!


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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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Morning Reflections

This photograph was taken at the top of Cane Creek Falls, at the Fall Creek Falls State Park, in Tennessee, and features sunlight peaking over the tree-line into a gorge, reflecting across still water. See more.

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Waterfalls And Reflections

This photograph features the picturesque City Lake Falls, located on the Cumberland Plateau, in Cookeville, Tennessee. If you’d be interested in a print for a wall in your home or office, many varieties are available in my shop. Thanks for stopping by!

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Return To Burgess Falls

On the Falling Water River, Burgess Falls State Park is centrally located between Nashville, Chattanooga and Knoxville, Tennessee, with four scenic waterfalls cascading down over 250-feet.

An easy hike, the trail is only 1.5 miles out and back, and there’s an observation platform for viewing Lower Falls. Ample parking, restrooms, drinking fountain & convenient filling station for water bottles are available. It’s a popular tourist attraction, and free, thus visitors are advised to arrive early.

The Four Waterfalls

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There’s also another parking area upstream, located next to an old dam. Though in a state of disrepair with no trespassing signs posted, it’s nevertheless possible to stay clear and enjoy remote views.

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Also: see my first visit to Burgess Falls.

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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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Water And Rock

Sun streamed through the trees into the gorge of Little Piney Creek, as I traversed the shallow waters on a morning hike at this remote location. Prints available.

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Walking In Water

This is Little Piney Creek. Though the water was low, my sense of adventure was not. So, I enjoyed a pleasant walk in the forest, through the shallow water. See more.

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Valley of Boulders

I made up the name, but it certainly fits – this trail at Black Mountain, near Crab Orchard, Tennessee, has dozens of gigantic boulders.

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Little Piney Creek

After reviewing my options and seeing no clear pathway to the base of Lower Piney Falls, I turned and decided to follow Little Piney Creek, with a low water line, back towards Upper Piney Falls. It was a good decision (though I later fell on my keister) and I was pleased to observe many beautiful sights in this remote gorge environment. This photograph highlights an area which was especially appealing, with unique geological outcroppings, shallow water, reflections, and sunshine streaming from around the bend.

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Prints and other items are available through my shops at Pixels and/or Fine Art America – a nice accent for your home or office!

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Cummins Falls

Cummins Falls is a popular & scenic waterfall located along the Blackburn Fork River near Cookeville, Tennessee. I shot this photograph while visiting in 2019, and have formatted this black and white picture in a style similar to the technique used by the famous photographer Ansel Adams.

This is not a limited print, and prints are available in my gallery at Pixels. Select from framed, canvas, art, poster, metal, wood, acrylic and tapestry options.

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Top of The Mountain

Located near Crab Orchard, Tennessee, Black Mountain connects with the Cumberland Trail and provides hikers with both scenic overlooks, as well as a geologic wonderland of massive boulders and cliffs. This shot was taken facing east, with the Smoky Mountains visible in the distance, as well as the nuclear power plant in Oak Ridge (shown on right). Prints available. Thanks for stopping by!

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Upper Piney Falls

Located on the Cumberland Plateau adjacent to Grandview, Tennessee, Upper Piney Falls is a scenic waterfall standing 80-feet tall. It’s a relatively short hike on well-maintained trails, and dogs (leashed) are welcomed. Parking is limited. No restrooms.

Following the trail, hikers will encounter a split leading to the right (Upper Piney Falls) or left (Lower Piney Falls). Both routes do provide access to the base of Upper Piney Falls, where visitors can enjoy walking behind the waterfall, or cool off in the plunge pool.

The trail to the left is longer, though the trail to the right entails a steep mountain descent (using an installed support cable for balance), as well as crossing Little Piney Creek. This is easy with lower water levels, though not advisable when the creek is high.

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See: posts from previous visits to Piney Falls State Natural Area

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Soco Falls

Enjoy this nature photography featuring Soco Falls, a scenic waterfall located on the Eastern Cherokee Reservation, in North Carolina. Prints available.

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Mingo Falls

Standing 120-feet tall, the picturesque Mingo Falls is located on the Cherokee Indian Reservation, in the southern Appalachian Mountains of Cherokee, North Carolina.

It’s a short uphill hike of over 150 concrete steps, with the trail ending at a footbridge over the creek. The stairway is well constructed, except that all steps lean toward the creek at right; don’t fall in! Parking is limited, and restrooms – porta potties – are available at the trailhead.

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Soco Falls

I recently visited Soco Falls, a picturesque double waterfall located on the Eastern Cherokee Reservation between Maggie Valley & Cherokee, North Carolina. Visitors can hear the waterfalls from the small parking area, and it’s only a short 5-minute hike to an observation platform.

For a better view, the trail continues downhill to the base of the falls. It’s steep and rocky, with a constant mist in the air keeping the trail muddy, though several ropes have been installed to aid hikers during the descent.

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Watch Your Step

If you’re following this concrete stairway into nature, I hope that you don’t mind getting your feet wet – watch your step! This photo was taken at the Obed Wild And Scenic River National Park, in Tennessee. Prints are available in my gallery.

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Cane Creek Cascades

This is Cane Creek Cascades, as photographed on the morning of a rainy day at Fall Creek Falls State Park, in Tennessee. Visit my shop for a variety of prints, and other available merchandise.