Rapids On Laurel Fork

Prints available. White water rapids in shallow water along Laurel Fork, canopied under a green forest as the morning sun illuminates the gorge background. I shot this photograph while hiking on a trail to Laurel Falls, in Hampton, Tennessee. Thanks for shopping!

Laurel Falls

Located in the Cherokee National Forest near Hampton, Tennessee, Laurel Falls is a congressionally designated Pond Mountain Wilderness – meaning that recreation is intended to be primitive in nature.

To enjoy the 40-foot tall by 50-foot wide waterfall, visitors hike along a segment of the Appalachian Trail (AT). The lower/water route is 5.5 miles out and back, featuring wonderful views along Laurel Fork – I hiked this route both ways. There is also a shorter, higher/mountain route, totaling 4.5 miles.

Along the trail, you’ll encounter a few camping areas occupied with a small tent or two, as well as several hikers – some doing the AT. In fact, I bumped into a hiker who said he started in Georgia! The full length of the AT is almost 2200 miles, which begins at Springer Mountain, Georgia, and concludes at the northern terminus of Mount Katahdin, Maine (trivia: this mountain is where morning sunlight first reaches the Continental United States, for nine months of the year).

Laurel Falls

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Roadside Waterfall

Featured here is a photograph of a roadside waterfall, located in the Tremont section of the Smoky Mountains, in Tennessee. After heavy rains, several of the smaller falls gain volume to provide a wonderful scenic driving experience. This particular waterfall is a mere 20-feet from the gravel road.

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Black Mountain

Crab Orchard, Tennessee


Following rainfall, a few large puddles remain atop Black Mountain, located along the Cumberland Trail in Crab Orchard, Tennessee. Beyond a low bank of distant clouds to the east are the Smoky Mountains. If you’d be interested in a print of any kind, please visit my shop. Thanks for stopping by!

Beauty Everywhere

Another Waterfall


During my hike to Margarette Falls, it seemed like every time I turned around I saw another beautiful landscape scene…such as this 10-foot tall waterfall. Granted, access to this view entailed cautious hiking off trail, but the area truly has an abundance of beauty. You too can enjoy this scenery, on a print from my shop. So, stop by and find something you like!

Over The River

Honey Cove Falls


Water rushes downstream in the Middle Prong Little River, with Honey Cove Falls situated behind trees in the background. This morning photograph was taken in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, in the Tremont section.

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Black And White River

Middle Prong Little River

This morning black and white photograph was taken in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, in the Tremont section, and features Middle Prong Little River.

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Upper Bailey Falls

Located in the Cherokee National Forest of the Smoky Mountains, near Greeneville, Tennessee, Upper Bailey Falls is a 30-foot tall waterfall in a slot canyon, with high rock walls set ten feet apart.

Following my visit to Lower Bailey Falls, I continued up a steep hillside and then back down a long, sloping rock pathway, to the top edge of the falls…

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Though similar, the waterway leading to the plunge pool of Upper Bailey Falls is shorter in distance, the water is deeper and the sound of falling water more substantial. With cool temperatures of both the water and air, I opted against wading forward into over waist deep water. While both falls were beautiful, the imposing geology of higher, tilting rock walls added greater interest to Upper Bailey Falls – making it my favorite of the two.

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Bridge Over River

This nature landscape photography features a bridge, morning sunlight and the Middle Prong Little River. If you’d be interested in a print of any kind, then stop by my gallery to review a wide selection.

Lower Bailey Falls

Located in the Cherokee National Forest of the Smoky Mountains, near Greeneville, Tennessee, Lower Bailey Falls is a 20-foot tall waterfall in a slot canyon, with high rock walls set ten feet apart.

In order to access Lower Bailey Falls, visitors first follow the trail to Margarette Falls. If you’ve never been to the area, I recommend that you make time and do this shorter hike first – the picturesque Margarette Falls stands 60-feet tall, and the uphill hike along Dry Creek provides many beautiful cascades and smaller waterfalls.

The hike to Lower Bailey Falls is a total of 4 miles out and back, very strenuous, with an elevation gain of 971 feet. From the base of Margarette Falls, hikers must first ascend a steep, rugged 100-foot hillside, staying to the left at top to parallel Dry Creek upstream. A short path, of sorts, includes two creek crossings, but soon the creek itself becomes the trail for the remainder of the trek.

Everything is covered in moss and very slippery, which includes all larger stones underwater – it’s always best, when you’re able to see clearly through running water, to step on to sand or a cluster of smaller stones for better footing.

This may seem obvious, but worthy of emphasis: bearing all of ones weight on a single point, if that foot slips into an awkward position between two fixed rocks, serious injury may result…

Further ahead, space aside the creek is soon consumed by rock walls, with no place to walk except in the water, and the creek depth varies. In a few spots, to avoid waist deep (and cold) water, I had to carefully climb along the rock walls before descending back into the creek, again. And, hikers will also encounter a few larger boulders – sloping, some 12-feet long – which are deceptively slick.

Eventually, exercising patience and with safety in mind, you’ll hear the roar of falling water, and Lower Bailey Falls appears in the distance…

Pictured at left (above) is the beginning of a steep, 40-foot uphill scramble – some cliff & some forest – with a subsequent 20-foot descent leading hikers to the top edge of Lower Bailey Falls. After a long, sloping rock pathway, visitors will then see Upper Bailey Falls approx. 100-feet in the distance…more on that another time.

Prints

To decorate an empty wall in your home, office, business lobby or cafeteria setting, please visit my gallery to review a variety of available print types – including framed, canvas, art, poster, metal, acrylic, wood and tapestry. There are other items to see, as well. Framed prints may be customized (print size, frame, mat, mat width, paper).

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Secluded Waterfall

Honey Cove Falls


Decorate a blank canvas wall in your home or office with a print of this picturesque secluded waterfall. Photographed in Tennessee while hiking in the Smoky Mountains, you can visit my gallery to discover a plethora of print types available to satisfy your interests – framed, canvas, art, poster, metal, acrylic, wood and tapestry. Enjoy the great outdoors, today!