You may not be able to visit the state of Kentucky, but you can still enjoy this view of The Cumberland River by visiting my gallery at Pixels. There, you may select among several different print types (framed, canvas, art, wood, metal, acrylic), and more!
I recently visited the Frozen Head State Park And Natural Area in Tennessee, where I photographed this scenic outcropping along the South Old Mac Trail. Now, prints are available in my gallery at Pixels – framed, art, canvas, wood, acrylic and metal.
Known as the “Niagara of the South”, Cumberland Falls features an impressive 125′ wide curtain of water that plunges 60′ into a boulder-strewn gorge below.
The waterfall was named by Dr. Thomas Walker during a 1750 exploration of Kentucky, after the Duke of Cumberland, a son of King George II of England. Additional history of the area can be read here.
Cumberland Falls photographs were shot both at the Cumberland Falls State Resort Park, and along the Eagle Falls Trail (across the river).
Learning of Cumberland Falls back in the mid-1990’s, I traveled to the area for two days of hiking & camping. At that time, I shot photographs using a disposable Kodak camera. Years later – with a better camera – I returned to enjoy the great outdoors!
Cumberland Falls is known as the only location in the Western Hemisphere to have a “moonbow”. If interested in seeing this natural phenomenon, you can check this Moonbow Calendar of dates (weather permitting). Visitors will find ample parking, restrooms, gift shop, visitor center, scenic overlooks, picnic tables, and maybe a musician playing a flute for tourists, complementing the sound of falling water.
Here are some more photographs of Cumberland Falls:
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Here’s a video of Cumberland Falls, from a cliff across the river –
Coming Soon ~ Road Trip To Kentucky: Part Two… Eagle Falls
Frozen Head State Park is situated in the beautiful Cumberland Mountains of Eastern Tennessee. The mountainous terrain varies from an elevation of 1,340 feet to over 3,000 feet on 16 different mountain peaks, with 13,122 acres of relatively undisturbed forest containing some of the richest wildflower areas in the state (better viewed during summer months).
A short 45-minute drive from Knoxville, Tennessee, I recently visited the park to hike the Chimney Top Trail, a steep, rugged trail with giant sandstone caprock and natural vista. It’s a 3.5 mile trek to the top with a total gain in elevation of 3,460 feet, as hikers ascend two separate mountains along the trail. Total time: 6 hours.
Here’s part of the Frozen Head State Park map featuring the Chimney Top Trail:
There were several points of interest along the hike, including the following:
Layers of Sandstone
Rocks Near Top
The challenges to this hike were several. First, the distance: 3.5 miles each way. Second, the mind – that is, after hiking up a mountain for 50 minutes, it’s somewhat discouraging to then be faced with having to hike down the backside, losing gains in elevation, only to then be greeted by an even taller mountain. Lastly, the finish: towards the top, hikers encounter the trail’s only flat surface along a ridge; however, this is short-lived, as the final stretch is by far the most difficult.
During this final stretch, glimpses on the rocky top can be seen through the forest:
Hikers must climb the sandstone caprock using one of several pathways, in order to enjoy the wonderful view from the peak of Chimney Top Mountain – seen here:
Chimney Top Mountain
View of Bird Mountain
This is a topographic computer simulation of Bird Mountain, as seen from the top of Chimney Top Mountain, provided in the park map:
Finally, I shot this panoramic video with my iPhone as I walked across the caprock:
Climb 1000′ to the top of House Mountain, located in Corryton, Tennessee, to enjoy this scenic overlook. Or, visit my gallery at Fine Art America to discover a wide variety of prints featuring this stunning landscape view. Enjoy!
With a storm-front expected to produce 1-2″ of snow the following day, I took advantage of a low-50’s, sunny forecast to enjoy the great outdoors. Hiking to the top of the Mountain Trail (blue trail), the East Overlook is a short 0.7 miles in each direction and provided a scenic setting…
Continuing uphill, interesting rock formations peppered the landscape, reinforcing the decision to bring my camera along for the hike. Here are some more photographs as I approached the East Overlook –
I’ve included this short video to provide visitors with a panoramic view from the top of House Mountain:
After relaxing for a while to appreciate the scenery, I headed back toward the Mountain Trail (blue trail), observing various areas of interest along the way – such as:
I’ve uploaded some of these photographs to my gallery at Fine Art America, now available as prints – check it out!
This digital artwork is based on a photograph I stylized using Adobe Photoshop and Filter Forge, featuring evening waves rolling into shore as the sky changes color at sunset. Guests are invited to visit my galleries at Fine Art America and Society 6 to discover a wide variety of items available print on demand. Check it out…
Enjoy this colorful rendition of a table shared for breakfast and a cup of coffee. Based on a photograph, guests are encouraged to stop by my gallery at Fine Art America to review a variety of available prints – framed, canvas, metal, wood, art and acrylic.
Enjoy my creative rendition of a couple walking along the beach as the sun sets across an ocean on the horizon. Based on a photograph, it’s available on a variety of different print types in my gallery at Fine Art America.