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Lower Greeter Falls

Although drier conditions prevailed during my first visit to Lower Greeter Falls last autumn, recent rainfall provided for stunning views this time around! Located in the Savage Gulf State Natural Area of Tennessee, it’s a short hike along a moderately difficult trail with elevation changes, rocks and mud.

Location

Flowing from Firescald Creek, Lower Greeter Falls stands approximately 50-feet tall, with access to the base of the falls requiring hikers to traverse a 24-step spiral metal stairwell. Easy enough, and the views are great! With no railing at the top, however, parents should closely monitor children.

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Cascading Waterfall

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South Tennessee Road Trip

I recently had a chance to visit Conasauga Falls, a picturesque waterfall located in southern Tennessee near Tellico Plains. I’ve added this photograph to my shop at Pixels, where a potpourri of different print types are available – great for the home & office!

Enjoy The Great Outdoors!

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Conasauga Falls

I recently had the opportunity to visit Conasauga Falls, a scenic waterfall located in Tellico Plains, Tennessee. At a distance of 1.3 miles out and back, the trail is rated as moderately difficult with a change in elevation of approx. 400-feet.

The trail has two switchbacks and no level stretches – it’s either all downhill, or uphill on the return. During my visit the creek was full, thereby reducing availability of access to other areas. However, if you wish to proceed downstream along the hillside, there is a minor path but it’s steep and very slippery – use caution!

The 3 mile road to the falls is a combination of paved and gravel, with areas where the pavement has deteriorated, and also deep potholes where the gravel begins. It’s not a major problem, but certainly good advice to drive slowly & steer clear of the hazards.

You can also read about my first visit to Conasauga Falls, last year.

Conasauga Falls

The trail is well kept and easy walking, except toward the bottom where some careful navigation over/around rocks is necessary. Steps finish the trail, leading hikers to the primary viewing area.

Downstream

Beyond Conasauga Falls and along a muddy embankment, I cautiously found my way to a lower elevation around a slight bend in the creek. I was greeted by the morning sun cresting over the highpoint of the Cherokee National Forest, casting a golden-green reflection from hillside foliage across the shallow water. What a sight!

Upstream

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Trail Is A Creek

No, this isn’t Bruce Creek – that’s located down a small hill to the left. This is the trail, which, essentially, has become a small creek following gravity. Better wear boots! See more.

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Scenic Drive To Norris Dam

I recently enjoyed a scenic drive to Norris Dam, located along the Clinton River between Anderson & Campbell counties, Tennessee.

The hydro-electric dam opened on March 4, 1936, after nearly 2.5 years of construction. It stands 265-feet tall by 1860-feet wide, and has a maximum generating capacity of 126 megawatts.

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Over The Edge
Marina

Norris Dam State Park includes more than 4000 acres on Norris Reservoir, the largest reservoir on a tributary of the Tennessee River. The park also operates a fully equipped marina with boat ramp, which is available to the general public.

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Triple Falls On Bruce Creek

Following recent rains, I decided that it was worth the sacrifice of wet feet & muddy shoes in exchange for the opportunity to appreciate the beauty of Triple Falls (a.k.a., Little Egypt), located on Bruce Creek, near Caryville, Tennessee.

To begin, there are more than three waterfalls along this one mile out and back hike. The “triple” component of its name refers to three primary ledges from which water falls, engineered many decades ago via construction which rerouted Bruce Creek, in order to accommodate the development of highway I-75.

For those hikers interested in a mountain-top view, the trail continues beyond the waterfalls to Devil’s Racetrack, along a very steep ascent with many switchbacks. Here are a few pictures from a previous visit to the top…

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Planning a visit?

I arrived at Triple Falls before 7:30 a.m., and, to my delight, was the only person on site for the entirety of my nearly three-hour visit! However, if you happen to visit the area during nice weather on a weekend, you can expect to see several hikers along the trail. Parking is limited, with overflow along either side of Shelton Hollow Drive. It’s not a State Park and there aren’t any signs at the trailhead, nor restrooms or water. Instead, it’s marked by several boulders on your right. If you can look beyond some graffiti and discarded litter near the road, as well as traffic noise from I-75 (which dissipates with distance), you’ll certainly enjoy the hike!

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Lily Bridge At Obed

Following visits to Barnett Bridge and Jett Bridge, I next continued to Lily Bridge, in the Obed Wild And Scenic River National Park of Tennessee. It’s located near both Lily Bluff Overlook & Point Trail, and also spans the scenic Clear Creek.

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Jett Bridge At Obed

On TN-298 in the Obed Wild And Scenic River National Park is an exit for Jett Bridge, located along Clear Creek. It’s one of six spots where paddlers can put in their kayaks, canoes, and rafts. The hiking trail is short, though scenic. Restrooms available. Enjoy!

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More: see earlier post – Jett Bridge At Obed on November 7, 2019

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Clear Creek At Obed

I visited three bridges along Clear Creek: Barnett, Jett, Lily.

Clear Creek runs through the Obed Wild And Scenic River National Park, near Wartburg, Tennessee. Accessible at various points, I parked at Barnett Bridge to enjoy a 1-mile out and back hike along the creek on a mostly flat sand-trail through the forest.

It’s a very peaceful setting without traffic or people. Just nature.

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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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Random Photographs

Random photographs from Knoxville, TN: an old, abandoned barn located near a commercial district, and a muddy pond with wildlife.

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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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The Stone Door

Located in the Savage Gulf State Natural Area of Tennessee, The Stone Door features a stairway inside of a 10-foot wide by 100-foot deep crack running from the top of the escarpment into the gorge below. Prints available.

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Black And White Water

This black and white photograph features a series of shallow terraces and running water. Photographed above Greeter Falls, in the Savage Gulf State Natural Area of Tennessee. Prints available.

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Bald River Falls Close Up

Here’s a shot using my zoom lens…Bald River Falls, located in the Southern Appalachian Mountains of the Cherokee National Forest, in Tennessee. See more.

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Scenic Overlook

This summertime photograph features a scenic overlook at the Savage Gulf State Natural Area in Tennessee. Prints available.

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Rock Island Waterfall

On my road trip to Rock Island State Park, I hiked in the gorge to the front set of waterfalls – seen here, standing approx. 30-feet tall. Prints available.

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Trail In The Forest

This black and white photograph features a trail in the forest, as seen along my hike to Denny Cove Falls. The path turns to the left, following the upper contours of a large valley in the background.

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Cascades At Burgess Falls

As the title suggests, these flowing cascades were photographed while visiting Burgess Falls State Park, in TN. Prints available.