From the bright sun into the cool shade, water races downstream around rocks in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, near Tremont.
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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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!
This black and white photograph was taken in the morning along the Middle Prong Little River, located in the Tremont section of the Smoky Mountains, Tennessee. Prints available.
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…
Earlier Post: Laurel-Snow Trail To Laurel Falls
This was my second visit to the park, and I’ll definitely be returning – there’s simply so much to see! My intent was to visit Snow Falls, a ten mile hike. However, soon after I began – at the first wooden bridge with a small creek – I opted to ascend the boulder-strewn mountainside, where to my delight I encountered a series of scenic waterfalls, as well as an old mine opening towards the top. This was difficult terrain but well worth the effort, though it added 2 hours to my hike…
Beyond an aluminum bridge at the 1.5 mile split, I headed left in accordance with the Snow Falls marker. Following another turnoff (stay right, as left leads to a campsite), I came upon a second creek crossing – an older metal bridge consisting of 3 fifty-foot connecting sections. Then, further along the trail, there’s an area which was poorly marked: rather than continue on the white blaze, hikers should make a short detour, following instead the orange ribbons posted on trees. This sidestep reconnects with the trail, which is clearly marked thereafter.
Missing this turn may cause hikers to spend the next twenty minutes scrambling up a steep mountain covered with slippery leaves. D’oh!
Thankfully, I found the trail again and continued on towards Buzzard Point…
While enjoying a great view to the east from Buzzard Point, I spotted several of these ugly birds effortlessly floating on thermal updrafts – 2 of which dive bombed me. Heads up!
After a brief rest to enjoy a peanut butter sandwich, I backtracked along the ridge on an old logging road which, at its terminus (a cable delineating property lines), has an unmarked trail into the forest at left. Thereafter, coming upon a fork in the path, I stayed left towards Morgan Creek (right leads to another campsite). To get to Snow Falls, one must cross the creek in order to rejoin the trail. However, the water was high, swift and cold…I waded in halfway to my knees, though could see I’d need to commit to crossing a depth over-knee deep (along a slippery, mostly flat rock surface under water), and bailed. Another time!
In summary, this was a very enjoyable hike of approximately 12 miles, though a rather long day. On the trail beginning at 9:45 a.m., I returned to my vehicle at 6:00 p.m., exhausted. Along the way, I shot a few more photographs of Richland Creek…
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Enjoy this close up capture of water splashing into a rock before falling fifteen feet into the river below. See more at Pixels.
Enjoy this photograph of white water rapids along the Little River in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. See more in my gallery at Pixels.
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Enjoy this photograph of rushing water along the Little River, located at The Sinks in Tennessee. See more.
Located along the Little River in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, The Sinks is a powerful waterfall that’s easy to miss – there aren’t any signs?! With very few parking spots available – and, only a single handicap spot – it’s also the trailhead for Meigs Creek Trail, where hikers can enjoy a 4 mile out and back trek to Upper Falls. Enjoy the great outdoors!
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This photograph features white water rapids on the Little River outside of Townsend, Tennessee, in the Smoky Mountains. Prints available.
This photograph was taken in the Tremont section of the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, along the Lynn Camp Prong. If you’re interested in a print for your home or office, see more.
These black and white morning photographs highlight fog on the Middle Prong Little River, located in the Tremont section of the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. See more.
I recently visited Twin Falls – which is part of the Rock Island State Park, in Tennessee – and took these photographs of the Caney Fork River. Access to this particular area of the park does entail climbing over some large rocks, with impressive views as an incentive to do so.
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Enjoy the white water of Abrams Creek, photographed at Cades Cove in Tennessee. Many different nature prints are available in my gallery at Pixels – check it out!
In the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, The Sinks is a popular, picturesque waterfall located along the Little River. You can bring this wonderful scene of nature inside your home or workplace by selecting from a variety of different print types – available in my gallery at Pixels.
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This photograph features roaring waters of the Little River near Townsend, Tennessee, in the Smoky Mountains. See more in my gallery at Pixels.
This photograph features The Sinks, a powerful waterfall located on the Little River in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. If you’d be interested in a print for your home or office, then stop by my gallery at Fine Art America for a visit!
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