This interesting geological rock formation was photographed along the trail in the gorge to Ozone Falls, in Tennessee. You may enjoy seeing this landscape scenery in your home, or office? If so, please visit my gallery at Pixels to select a print. Thanks for stopping by!
I recently hiked 7 miles at the Pogue Creek Canyon State Natural Area, near Jamestown, Tennessee – more about that in the days ahead. This post recaps two instances in which I encountered bears along the trail.
Highlights: the park offers scenic overlook areas of the canyon, substantial sandstone cliffs, interesting geological structures, and a canopied forest trail system.
Bear No. 1
Have you ever had the feeling that you’re being watched? That’s exactly how I felt as I approached a small stream at the base of the canyon. I had the sense that something was out there, and so I stopped to survey my surroundings, keeping still to remain quiet. I didn’t see or hear anything. Here’s a picture of the stream, which I photographed on my return:
The trail followed the stream, slowing gaining elevation with distance. I was at a point approx. 15 feet above the stream when it happened – an adult male black bear likely more than twice my weight (235 lbs.) had snuck up on me and was within 30 feet. This was, no doubt, the source from which I had pondered moments earlier. It was a shocking sight, to say the least.
I stopped moving and wondered what was next – should I turn back in the direction from whence I came, attempt to climb a tree (which was problematic – these trees were tall, without low branches), remove and unzip my backpack to acquire a knife, or begin making noise (I can whistle really loud!)?
I instead opted to remain still, concluding that the bear was aware of my proximity and deemed that I wasn’t a threat – an easy posture to assume, given such scale! Watching for a few minutes, it was clear that the bear was undertaking his daily savaging for a meal routine, shifting rocks in the stream to un-house potential sources of food. This was in fact what first alerted me to the bear – the sound of rocks being moved.
When I regained my composure, I took this video and followed the bear from along the trail, staying back a distance while attempting to remain less conspicuous behind trees:
The large rock casually moved around by the bear in this video probably weighs at least 125 lbs.. Glad he didn’t charge at me!
Also read: Part Two – Another Black Bear Video
Bear No. 2
I saw another bear higher up – on the trail along the ridge – which was either a female or adolescent estimated at 300 lbs. or less. As I was walking and watching the ground so as to not roll an ankle, I happened to glance ahead and see a bear on the trail – looking directly at me.
This bear was probably 60 feet in front of me, and, when we made eye contact, took off like a bat out of hell racing downhill through the forest on an estimated 30-degree slope. I was truly amazed at how fast it bounded down the hill!
More To Come
I’ll be posting more information and photographs of my hike at Pogue Creek Canyon State Natural Area in the days ahead… stay tuned!
This photograph captures the trail along the edge of a rocky gorge, where I hiked towards the base of Ozone Falls, in Tennessee. Would you like a print for your home, or office? If so, visit my gallery at Pixels, where you’ll discover several print types to select.
Walking through a hemlock and rhododendron forest, I’d rate the hike to Hen Wallow Falls as moderately difficult. This 90′ waterfall is situated in the Smoky Mountains along the Gabes Mountain Trail, taking between 3-4 hours on a 4.2 mile round trip.
Because conditions on the trail are often rocky – or, covered extensively with tree roots – proper footwear is very important! More than the knees or calves, it’s always my feet which are most sore the next day, having hiked over such uneven surfaces:
Several signs are posted along the trail to help hikers find Hen Wallow Falls –
Footbridges allow hikers to keep dry while crossing over several small streams –
Here’s some enjoyable landscape scenery you’ll encounter along the trail –
Finally, Hen Wallow Falls
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This photograph was taken in Tennessee, featuring a peaceful setting along Fall Creek. Less than thirty feet away, however, is the edge of Ozone Falls, where water plunges 110-feet over a cliff. Please visit my gallery to see more!
See Recent Post: Return To Ozone Falls
Situated on the eastern edge of the Crab Orchard Mountains on the Cumberland Plateau, in Cumberland County, Tennessee, Ozone Falls is the third tallest waterfall in the state with an elevation of 110-feet. And, after splashing into the plunge pool, Fall Creek disappears underground – like magic! Approximately 30-feet away, however, the creek re-emerges from under several huge boulders, at a lower point downstream.
I visited the falls following a day of rain. As such, I encountered many slippery rock-surfaces along the trail down into the gorge. Hikers should use caution – walking sticks are a good idea – and appropriate footwear is strongly recommended!
Here are some photographs from Ozone Falls State Natural Area –
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From the base of Ozone Falls, near the plunge pool –
Located along the Little Soak Creek in Rhea County west of Spring City, Tennessee, Stinging Fork Falls is a picturesque 30′ waterfall in a gorge with a deep, refreshing plunge pool.
The trail to the base of the falls connects with the Cumberland Trail, including a few areas with stairs. Following rain on the day before, I would rate the hike as moderately difficult, given that most surfaces were damp and very slippery. Proper footwear is strongly recommended!
This was my second hike of the day, following a stop at Ozone Falls – more on that another time.
Along the trail, I had the distinct pleasure of sharing the hike with a Jersey Girl who wore a fern in her hair – nice to meet you, Sue 🙂
Here are some scenes I photographed at Stinging Fork Falls:
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Moss covered rocks and a recessed area behind the falls, as photographed at Northrup Falls in Tennessee. Keep dry and enjoy these waterfalls at home by visiting my gallery at Pixels. Select from a variety of print types – framed, canvas, art, metal, wood and acrylic. Other items, also.
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This close up photograph features the upper edge of Northrup Falls at Colditz Cove, in Tennessee. I’ve uploaded it to Pixels, where guests can see a variety of fine prints in my gallery. Thanks for looking!
I recently enjoyed hiking to the Lilly Bluff Overlook at Obed Wild And Scenic River National Park, located near Wartburg, Tennessee. Following my visit to Northrup Falls (Allardt, Tennessee), this was a relatively easy hike to undertake along my return drive home. I enjoyed sweeping views from the high rock outcrop of Lilly Bluff, sheer cliffs, the “Jack Rock” waterfall and scenic views of Clear Creek.
There’s so much to see & I’m looking forward to hiking more trails in the park!
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Here’s a photograph I took while walking behind Northrup Falls, a 65′ waterfall located near Allardt, Tennessee. It’s a very peaceful area with limited foot traffic, and the gorge also provides wonderful scenery. I’ve now added this picture to a collection in my gallery at Pixels. Check it out…
Falling water at the base of Northrup Falls, with moss covered-rocks and a recessed area behind the waterfall where hikers traverse the gorge. This photograph has been added to a collection in my gallery at Pixels.
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Northrup Falls are located in the Colditz Cove State Natural Area, approximately two miles east of Allardt, Tennessee. Off the beaten trail, it’s an easy hike to enjoy the 65′ waterfall, as well as massive cliffs in a horseshoe-shaped gorge, recessed caves and a turquoise plunge pool. You’ll also enjoy an old-growth forest of large hemlocks and white pines, some of which are over 200 years old!
Here’s a map to the park:
Come prepared with good hiking shoes, as some surfaces – such as around and behind the waterfall – can be slick. Bring water, your camera, and, if you enjoy the water, proper attire for swimming.
The trail begins at the left end of the parking area, where there’s a billboard with information about the park. Or, if you’d prefer, there’s also a quicker start – a shorter 50′ connector route to the trail, found at the right side of the parking area. Either way, the path leads hikers to the front edge of the gorge, where the trail splits to loop in a circle. Turning left, you’ll encounter more rocks, cliffs and caves along the way, though both directions lead to the base of the waterfall. You’ll probably want to see the full loop.
This is a quiet, peaceful area without many visitors. I hiked the park on a weekend during the morning, and saw only a total of eight people – and a dog – in three small groups.
Here’s some of what you’ll see:
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This interesting stone wall was photographed in a gorge at Northrup Falls, located in the Colditz Cove State Natural Area, of Tennessee. These high cliffs provided shallow, cave-like structures once used by cliff-dwelling Woodland Indians – over 3,000 years ago. I’ve added this picture to my gallery at Pixels, where a variety of prints are available – a nice accent piece for your home or at the office!
Less than half of a mile down the road from Bald River Falls is Baby Falls, a much smaller yet nevertheless worthy scenic attraction. Located on the Tellico River in the Cherokee National Forest of Tennessee, a small parking lot and restrooms are available to visitors. I visited the falls following a few days of rain, as seen in the pictures below:
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This glass of water was photographed in a restaurant located on top of a mountain – what a view! You, too, may enjoy this view – in your home or office – on a print from my gallery at Pixels.
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Located in the Cherokee National Forest of the Southern Appalachian Mountains of east Tennessee, Bald River Falls is where the Bald River, a major tributary, empties into the Tellico River. With an elevation of 90 feet, the falls are visible from the scenic Tellico River Road (Forest Service Road 210), which was built on an old logging railroad bed.
Hiking with my camera, I’m always interested in a variety of perspectives from which to photograph subject matter. In this case, I wanted a view from the top of the waterfall. So, at 55 years old, weighing 235 lbs. and carrying a heavy backpack, I scaled steep, damp surfaces covered with slippery moss, clinging for stability to small trees, roots and fissures in rocks. It was, at times, a challenging climb, only to discover that, once at the top, there was an easier way – an established trail. D’oh!
Following a few days of rain, the Bald River Falls were heavy with water and rumbled loudly through the gorge, splashing mist into the air to cast a rainbow over the plunge pool and road. As such, I repeatedly needed to dry the lens of my camera.
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Actually, I believe that these lights may have been installed during the early 1980’s, but they nevertheless retain a futuristic quality worthy of being photographed – from Knoxville, Tennessee.
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Enjoy this photograph of the sun setting over a silhouette of trees and the Cumberland Mountains of Tennessee. Guests may select one of many available print-types, or other items featuring this picture, by visiting my gallery at Pixels.
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