Standing only 12-feet tall, Cliff Branch Falls can be enjoyed by visitors driving through the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina. But don’t blink, though, or you might miss it – the falls are located along the edge of US-441. No trail. No hiking. There is, however, a small area to park – so, bring a lunch & enjoy the great outdoors!
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Water cascades down a Smoky Mountains hillside, under branches and around moss-covered rocks. With a rainy weather system in place during my drive from North Carolina to Tennessee, low clouds were an obstacle of expansive views. So, I instead opted to take photographs at several different roadside stops – as seen here.
This stream was photographed recently while hiking on Mount LeConte along the trail to Rainbow Falls, located near Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Many different prints are available featuring this scenery – perfect for both the home and/or office!
Wow! I’ve hiked many areas in the state, but so far none can compare to the plethora of waterfalls as found along the Laurel-Snow Trail To Laurel Falls, located near Dayton, TN.
From the moment I stepped out my vehicle and on to the trail, the sound of running water was loud, present throughout my hike. Though alltrails.com lists the hike at 6.1 miles out and back, a placard at the trailhead cites the total distance as 5 miles. Whatever the case, I definitely added another mile or two exploring off trail – there were photography opportunities around every corner!
The road into the park is filled (no pun intended) with potholes – it’s somewhat of an obstacles course. Thus, drive slowly with caution around sharp turns near steep hills.
Richland Creek was full, with a wonderful blue-green coloration in deeper pools and dozens of small-to-medium size waterfalls visible from the trail. Other water sources – including Paine Creek – were flowing with waterfalls to enjoy while hiking. Also, huge boulders – some 30 feet tall – periodically peppered the waterside.
The trail, formerly a railroad bed of The Dayton Coal & Iron Company, Limited, was mostly hard-pack dirt and flat, though muddy in areas. Though the trail splits (a white blaze leads left along the creek, and, orange ribbons around trees mark a route into the forest, leading to the right), both trails soon reconnect before reaching a new, aluminum bridge. Thereafter, the trail becomes quite rocky, and signs are posted for Snow Falls (left) and the 80-foot Laurel Falls (right).
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Moss covered rocks and a recessed area behind the falls, as photographed at Northrup Falls in Tennessee. Keep dry and enjoy these waterfalls at home by visiting my gallery at Pixels. Select from a variety of print types – framed, canvas, art, metal, wood and acrylic. Other items, also.
Falling water at the base of Northrup Falls, with moss covered-rocks and a recessed area behind the waterfall where hikers traverse the gorge. This photograph has been added to a collection in my gallery at Pixels.
Yesterday I visited Ijams Nature Center, a 315-acre park along the Tennessee River in Knoxville. Originally a marble and limestone quarry in the early 1900’s, it’s been converted now to serve as an outdoor recreation area with Mead’s Quarry Lake and a network of hiking/biking trails. There’s also a stand for refreshments.
Running water passes underneath a forest canopy and over a moss-covered stream bed at Lower Piney Falls, in Tennessee. This photograph is available on different prints in my gallery at Pixels. Check it out…
Morning sunlight streams through the forest to reach this small creek, filled with moss-covered rocks. If you’d like some nature in your home, this image is available on a variety of prints to suit your interests – visit my gallery at Pixels for more.