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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Morning Walk In Smoky Mountains

Sunlight beamed through the forest canopy in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, illuminating the trail along which I enjoyed peace and quiet on a morning walk. You, too, might enjoy this scenery in your home or office – if so, visit my gallery at Pixels. Several print types are available to select, in addition to…

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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

On a recent hike in Fall Creek Falls State Park, I visited the base of the falls, and, afterward, exited the gorge by following along the (nearly) dry creek bed – later, I would climb a hill to reacquire the trail. Today, I added this nature photography to my gallery at Pixels. Stop by for…

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