Land That Time Forgot

A land that time forgot…or so it seemed, with a stunning variety of unusual geological caves, cliffs and passageways. This is part of Circle Arch, located within the Pogue Creek Canyon State Natural Area, near Jamestown, Tennessee. Prints are available. Thanks!

Circle Bar Arch

This photograph features an area known as Circle Bar Arch. It’s located within the Pogue Creek Canyon State Natural Area, near Jamestown, Tennessee. If you enjoy hiking and geological structures, I can highly recommend that you visit this area. Alternatively, you can visit my galleries at Pixels, ArtFlakes and/or ArtPal for a print, if you’d like.

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Nemo Bridge Trail At Obed

History

Photograph (above, modified) & information (below) from placard located on site.

After the Civil War, saw and grist mills emerged in Tennessee’s Morgan and Cumberland counties. Corn meal, flour, logs, and other goods from the early lumber and pulp industries were shipped along this bridge.

The Cincinnati Southern Railway was built across the Cumberland Plateau here at Nemo in the 1870s. It became part of the Southern Railway system in the late 1890s. Many small extensions like the Catoosa Railroad were built to tap timber, coal, and other natural resources.

The epic flood of 1929 destroyed the means by which workers made a living, ripping up railway lines and washing away virtually every mill and building in its path – just as America sank into the Great Depression.

The Hike

I recently visited Wartburg, Tennessee, where I enjoyed a 5 mile (roundtrip) hike along the Nemo Bridge Trail to Alley Ford. Located in the Obed Wild And Scenic River National Park, the trailhead begins at the Rock Creek Campground and continues 14.2 miles to the distant Devils Breakfast Table.

The hike to Alley Ford is rated as moderately difficult with several changes in elevation. There is also a very rocky downhill section of the trail near the end which requires deliberate footing. It was a cold 30-degrees when I began the hike, along which I encountered layers of rain-soaked leaves, creating slippery conditions and, periodically, effectively camouflaging the trail.

Along the way I enjoyed seeing many different sandstone cliffs, colorful autumn foliage, a large group of wild turkeys, and, at the end, the Obed River. Due to recent rains, though, many of the river-rocks otherwise visible at Alley Ford were covered in water.

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Killdeer Arch

Part Six – Pogue Creek Canyon State Natural Area

Back on the trail, I hiked up and down various changes in elevation, crossed a few small streams, and also experienced a close encounter with bears! Finally, as I neared the point – a scenic overlook – at which I’d turn around, I saw a sign for the “Killdeer Arch”.

This natural arch provides passage through a tall sandstone cliff along the Upper Canyon Trail, offering vertical clearance of 8 feet by 20 feet wide.

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If you enjoy nature, hiking outdoors and/or geology, you may be interested in a print featuring one of my photographs! If so, please visit my gallery to select images of “Killdeer Arch” from the Pogue Creek Canyon State Natural Area.

Video

Here’s a short video of “Killdeer Arch” –

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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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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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More

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!!!

Cave In A Cliff

Beyond these rocks is a cave leading into a chamber within a sandstone cliff, located in Tennessee at Big South Fork State Park. Visitors can enjoy a picture – framed, canvas, art, metal, wood or acrylic – from my gallery at Pixels.

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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.

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Piney Falls State Natural Area

UPDATE: see new post – Upper Piney Falls

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 in visiting the park, here’s a map:

Note: there are no restrooms or gift shop, and limited signage.

Waterfalls

There are two waterfalls at the park, Upper and Lower Piney Falls.

Upper Piney Falls is 80′ high, the top of which is easily accessible by trail. It features a concave ledge which circles behind and around the falls where visitors can enjoy an awe-inspiring view of the gorge below. Getting to the plunge pool, however, is more difficult; in addition to traversing a narrow trail along the upper rim of the gorge, hikers must then descend a steep, rocky surface, safeguarded to some degree via provision of connected cable for support. Exercise caution!

Here are some photographs of Upper Piney Falls

Here’s a short video of Upper Piney Falls

Following the trail down to Lower Piney Falls, which stands 40′ high, hikers arrive at the top of the falls for a picturesque view into a taller, narrow gorge. Unfortunately, there are no trails to access the plunge pool nor lower slopes below, which feature an old growth forest of tall white pines and eastern hemlocks.

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