Rock Island State Park

Part One Rock Island State Park is a 883-acre park located on the headwaters of Center Hill Lake at the confluence of the Caney Fork, Collins and Rocky Rivers – in Tennessee. The rugged beauty of the park includes the Caney Fork Gorge below Great Falls Dam. Scenic overlooks – see header image – provide…

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Burgess Falls State Park

Located on the Falling Water River in Tennessee, Burgess Falls State Park is noted for its natural beauty and four waterfalls that cascade down from over 250 feet in elevation. A moderately strenuous 1.5-mile (round trip) trail along the edge of the gorge provides hikers with ample viewing opportunities, though, during my visit, one of…

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Laurel Falls In Tennessee

Not far from the Sugarlands Visitor Center near Gatlinburg, Tennessee, hikers can enjoy the 1.3 mile trek to Laurel Falls, one of the most popular destinations in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. At 80′ tall, a railed-walkway divides the upper and lower sections of the waterfall. History The trail at Laurel Falls was completed…

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Alum Cave Bluffs In Tennessee

About The 2.3 mile trail to Alum Cave Bluffs is located in the Smoky Mountains, approx. 8 miles from the Sugarlands Visitor Center, near Gatlinburg, Tennessee. It’s the shortest and steepest of 5 different trails to Mount Le Conte. Originally mined in 1838 by the Epsom Salts Manufacturing Company for deposits of magnesium sulfate &…

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Interesting Geological Structure

I photographed this interesting geological structure while hiking in Tennessee, at Piney Falls State Natural Area. Located on the ceiling of an overhang from a gorge-wall, these outcroppings represent the end result of erosion, where small amounts of water seeping through sandstone over time have deposited minuscule amounts of mineral – creating these downward structures…

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Piney Falls Gorge Trail

Having observed that the gorge below Lower Piney Falls (Tennessee) wasn’t easily accessible, I hiked back uphill and sought to secure a path of descent further along the river. Alas, it was not to be. However, on this half-hour side excursion, I did have the opportunity to see some very interesting rock formations. Visit my…

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Piney Falls State Natural Area

I recently enjoyed hiking the 440-acre Piney Falls State Natural Area, located in Rhea County where Little Piney and Soak Creek have carved deep gorges into the Cumberland Plateau. It’s recognized by the U.S. Dept. of Interior as a National Natural Landmark, one of fourteen in Tennessee, featuring rare virgin forests. If you’d be interested…

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Fall Creek Falls

Part One – Cane Creek Falls Part Two – Cane Creek Cascades Part Three – Fall Creek Falls This is my third & final post highlighting Tennessee’s Fall Creek Falls State Park. I’d recommend this park for anyone interested in hiking and/or photography. Consider planning your visit following a period of rain, so that waterfalls…

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Cane Creek Cascades

See Part One – “Cane Creek Falls, Tennessee“ Though I wish that Cane Creek had had more water during my visit to the Fall Creek Falls State Park, in Tennessee, the shallow waterline allowed me an opportunity to traverse into areas which I would otherwise not have been able to explore. With one last look…

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Cumberland Falls, Kentucky

The Cumberland Falls of Kentucky splash over a rock ledge towards the river below, crashing into a watery mist. I took this photograph while hiking along the right side of the Cumberland River, near Eagle Falls. If you’d like a print – or other items – then visit my gallery at Pixels. There are many…

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The Cumberland River

You may not be able to visit the state of Kentucky, but you can still enjoy this view of The Cumberland River by visiting my gallery at Pixels. There, you may select among several different print types (framed, canvas, art, wood, metal, acrylic), and more! Thanks for visiting!

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