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Return To Northrup Falls

Located on the Cumberland Plateau in the Colditz Cove State Natural Area, is one of Tennessee’s most stunning waterfalls – Northrup Falls.

It’s an easy hike into the gorge along Big Branch Creek, where visitors pass towering rock cliffs leading to the 65-foot waterfall with turquoise plunge pool. The trail meanders through an old-growth forest of large hemlocks and white pines, some of which are over 200 years old, before splitting left or right along the top edge of the gorge. There, the trail becomes a loop and either direction leads to the base of (and behind) the falls. However, traveling left provides an earlier view of several interesting geological sights.

Note: shallow, open cave-like structures – a.k.a., “rock houses” – line the creek gorge. These shelters were used by cliff-dwelling Woodland Indians over 3,000 years ago.

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This was my second time visiting Northrup Falls, and I did so during a period of a few hours, between (several days of) rain and an oncoming thunderstorm. Hence, everything was wet – muddy trail, slippery rocks – with complete cloud cover. Nevertheless, beautiful scenery!

My First Visit

I first visited Northrup Falls last summer during the month of July, when I enjoyed warm weather, vibrant colors of nature and dry conditions. Here are a few photographs from that hike…

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Circle Bar Arch

Part Five – Pogue Creek Canyon State Natural Area

Moving right along, it wasn’t long before I spotted this sign. Though I hadn’t heard anything about an area referred to as “Circle Bar Arch”, it was only 100 feet uphill from the trail, and the Pogue Creek Canyon State Natural Area seemed to be full of interesting surprises.

Indeed. When I reached the top I was greeted by a broad sandstone wall, filled with intricate contours, crevices and arches.

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Photographs Along The Trail

Part Four – Pogue Creek Canyon State Natural Area

Between various points of interest hiking Pogue Creek Canyon State Natural Area, there were many unique spots worthy of photographs along the trail. See below:

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A Rock Face With No Name

Part Three – Pogue Creek Canyon State Natural Area

After taking in expansive views of the Pogue Creek Canyon State Natural Area from an overlook, I was back on the trail to continue my adventure.

Though there are often signs posted in parks, and names of locations identified on maps, most of nature’s beauty is simply there – down a ladder, through a narrow gap between rocks along the trail, and around a corner.

And so it was. I turned a corner along the Upper Canyon Trail to behold a substantial rock face, unnamed. Wonderful. Beautiful. However one might convey this point of reference, it was a pleasant walk along a sandy trail with tall cliffs overhead. And, perhaps most of all, intricacies carved by nature into the sandstone were quite spectacular!

Here are some photographs of the area:

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Turkey Roost Rockhouse

I recently hiked the Pogue Creek Canyon State Natural Area, located in Tennessee near Jamestown. It’s off the beaten trail, and known for it’s…

Awesome Geological Structures

It also has black bears living in the canyon – see earlier post. Most of all, however, the sandstone cliffs provide a spectacular visual experience! One of the first areas hikers encounter along the trail is the Turkey Roost Rockhouse:

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I’ll be posting more photographs from the Pogue Creek Canyon State Natural Area in the days ahead – there’s so much to see, so stop back often!!!