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Mannis Branch Falls

Following sunrise at Luftee Overlook, I decided to take the long way home – a scenic drive along Little River Gorge Road. At a point beyond Laurel Falls, I happened to observe two small waterfalls, barely visible through the trees. So, I pulled over and parked.

After a short hike through the woods, I arrived at the edge of Little River and found a spot to take a few photographs. Doing so, I noticed a taller waterfall through the trees in the distance. Later, I would learn the name – Mannis Branch Falls.

So, I thought, can I safely cross the river, and, if so, where to begin?

The current was strong, and, each time I stepped, pressure from the power of moving water would force my foot and leg away from me, downstream. This meant that I needed to be certain that my back foot was securely planted before stepping – which first entailed determining where I could safely step, and that I should expect to have my balance tested during the process. Carrying a heavy backpack was also a consideration. In addition, the riverbed posed issues. It wasn’t easy to see through the white water. When possible, the darker areas represented larger rocks, and were very slippery. Lighter areas were safer footholds, though less common, consisting mostly of small rocks and sand. I found myself constantly trying to avoid having a foot slip between the rocks. During the crossing, I was grateful that I’d found a walking stick to help maintain my balance – and, I used two walking sticks on my return! Live and learn.

Photography

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What made this experience most fun was the fact that I just happened to stumble upon this particular waterfall. If you look at my hiking page, you’ll see that I’ve visited many falls in the area. In each instance, I’ve researched and planned in advance. On this day, I winged it – good weather, there was water flowing, the falls were accessible, I took some nice photographs and I didn’t fall. Success!

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On The Road

I recently took a short road trip to the Norris Dam State Park, to enjoy some scenic driving along the Clinch River and surrounding area.

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Skinny Dip Falls

Located along the Blue Ridge Parkway in the Pisgah National Forest of North Carolina, Skinny Dip Falls is a 1 mile out and back hike featuring several small waterfalls with refreshing pools.

The trailhead is situated across the street from the scenic overlook for Looking Glass Rock. A very popular tourist destination, the parking lot fills early, with overflow along the street. Leashed dogs are welcome. No restrooms.


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Scenic Overlook

This early morning photograph was taken from a scenic overlook along Oswald Road, driving up a mountain in the Cherokee National Forest, en route to the Chilhowee Recreation Area, home to Benton Falls. The body of water shown is Lake Ocoee. Prints available.

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Photography Structures

Rustic Barn

Driving nearby on an overcast day, I found a roadside-pullover from which to better appreciate the view of this vintage barn, field and rolling hills. See more.

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Nature Photography

Bald River Falls

Although most parks remain closed due to concerns about COVID-19, the picturesque Bald River Falls in the Cherokee National Forest can be enjoyed roadside. Prints available.

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Small Waterfalls Along Little River

Following a decent rain over the previous fews days, I embarked on a short road trip from Knoxville, Tennessee, to the Smoky Mountains. Naturally, the water was high in Little River, and I enjoyed seeing several small waterfalls along the scenic drive – see more

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Small Falls On Cane Creek

This small waterfall was photographed in the Fall Creek Falls State Park, along Cane Creek. Prints and more are available in my gallery at Pixels. Check it out…