Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Jackson Falls off of the Natchez Trace Parkway
Thursday, January 12, 2006
Saturday, December 31, 2005
Directions are coming soon.
Wednesday, December 21, 2005
Saturday, December 17, 2005
Directions: Drive to Clarks Creek Road from state road 107, located 4.9 miles west of state road 81, going toward Greeneville. Clarks Creek Road is also 15 miles east of U.S. 321, coming from Greeneville. Drive 1.5 miles south on Clarks Creek Road. The road turns to gravel and you will drive another 1.6 miles. Here the road crosses the creek a third time and then, after another 0.4 miles, a large unsigned turnout serves as the parking area for the trail.
The trail is a little rocky, but bear left at all junctions. After 0.4 miles you will cross the south fork of Sill Branch and then hike another 0.1 miles to the end of the path at the falls. If you get confused the falls are fairly loud. A few cataracts are loud, but don't mistake them for Sill Branch Falls.
Here's some photos of Kelley Falls in Greene County. Dudley Falls is just two miles down the road. The great thing about these two falls is that a paved road takes you right to both. However, in December 2005 the road was closed to cars for renovation. You can still walk though and I'm sure it will be done soon. Also, this area is great for trout fishing, especially for fly fishing.
Directions: Drive 3.4 miles east of state road 70 on state road 107 to Rollings Chapel Road, the way to Paint Creek Camp. (107 disappears for like 15 miles and then reappears. If you are coming from Washington County & state road 81, then take state road 351 south instead of driving 107 all the way into Greeneville. 351 south will take you the 15 miles or so back to 107.) Drive 0.4 miles, then turn right on Lower Paint Creek Road. The campground and Moses Bend Picnic Area will be found after another 1.7 miles. Then drive an additional 0.5 miles along Lower Paint Creek Road to a small unsigned turnout just downstream from the falls.
Sunday, October 23, 2005
These falls, or rapids really, are not far from Johnson City and Cherokee Elementary.
Directions: Drive to Cherokee Elementary School in south Johnson City. At the four-way intersection of Cherokee Road and Lone Oak Road, turn south onto Lone Oak Road (which is Dry Creek Road if you're coming from the Lamar school and community). You will go exactly 7.5 miles on one of the least advertised but prettiest drives in Washington County. There will be a small parking area on the left side of the road. Park there and follow the trails down to the creeks. Be very careful not to slip and fall. Also, look out for broken glass and perhaps drunk partyers.
Nearby, at Buffalo Mountain Camp, are Ramsey Creek Falls and a water hole, but I have not tried to get to them.
Wednesday, July 13, 2005
Here are some pics of Lower Rock Creek Falls in Unicoi County. I am disappointed with them.
DIRECTIONS: Take Exit 19 off of I-26. Turn right coming from Johnson City and left coming from Erwin. Go 0.2 mile and turn right onto Unicoi Road. Go 0.4 mile and turn left on to state road 395. Go 3.1 miles to Rock Creek Park, on your left. Drive all the way through the park past campsite loops A, B and C. There is a nice gravel parking and picnic area at the head of Rock Creek Trail. Follow the signs for Rock Creek Falls Trail and do not follow the bike trails. The hike to the lower falls is 1.7 miles and much of it is steep and rocky. There are at least four stream crossings. There are plenty of smaller falls that you will see before you reach the lower falls.
DIRECTIONS to Upper Rock Creek Falls: Continue more steep hiking past the lower falls for another 0.3 mile. The trail ends at the base of Upper Rock Creek Falls. These falls are also known simply as Rock Creek Falls.
Here are some pretty bad pictures of Upper Rock Creek Falls in Unicoi County.
DIRECTIONS: Take Exit 19 off of I-26. Turn right coming from Johnson City and left coming from Erwin. Go 0.2 mile and turn right onto Unicoi Road. Go 0.4 mile and turn left on to state road 395. Go 3.1 miles to Rock Creek Park, on your left. Drive all the way through the park past campsite loops A, B and C. There is a nice gravel parking and picnic area at the head of Rock Creek Trail. Follow the signs for Rock Creek Falls Trail and do not follow the bike trails. The hike to the lower falls is 1.7 miles and much of it is steep and rocky. Continue more steep hiking past the lower falls for another 0.3 mile. The trail ends at the base of Upper Rock Creek Falls. These falls are also known simply as Rock Creek Falls. There are at least four stream crossings. There are plenty of smaller falls that you will see before you reach the lower falls.
Thursday, June 30, 2005
Here are some pics of Elrod Falls in Hancock County. These falls are only about 10 minutes from the town of Sneedville.
DIRECTIONS: Take state road 31 either 7 miles south of Sneedville or 11 miles north of Mooresburg to an unnamed gravel road labelled with a small sign for the falls. Turn right from Sneedville and left from Mooresburg. Follow this road for 0.6 miles and then turn left on the first gravel road you see. A picnic area exists at the end of the road after 0.6 miles, though you will pass one or two picnic areas before you reach the road's end. A trail leads 0.1 miles to the base of the falls, which include two small, natural swimming areas. There is an additional cascade above the falls, but getting to it can be treacherous.
Tuesday, June 28, 2005
Here are some pics of Backbone Rock Falls. I have also included a pic of Backbone Rock. These are not too impressive, but it is a neat place to visit if you are near Shady Valley, Tenn., or Damascus, Va. Apparently there is another cascade close by.
DIRECTIONS: This recreation area is 10 miles north of junction U.S. 421 on state road 133. Park at the turnout on the right side of the road, just before the tunnel through Backbone Rock. Follow the loop trail to the right, which initially follows the road before heading upstream. The base of the falls is in 0.4 miles from the start of the trail.
Monday, June 20, 2005
Monday, May 30, 2005
This waterfall is located in Washington County, near Unicoi County. It is on private property.
DIRECTIONS: Take exit 18 off of Interstate 26 and proceed westward on state road 81 toward Jonesborough. Drive 4 miles to Arnold Road, continuing straight ahead instead of cross the Nolichucky River on state road 81. Drive 0.9 miles on Arnold Road to an unsigned turnout south of Millstone Creek, on the left side of Arnold Road, adjoining the Nolichucky River. You will pass one or two previous turnouts before you get to this one. There is a small footpath across the street from the turnout. The falls are about 150 yards up the path, in someone's back yard.
Tuesday, May 10, 2005
This is Blue Hole Falls in Carter County. Many just call it Blue Hole. I think you can see why.
DIRECTIONS: Starting at the junction of state road 91 and U.S. 321 in Elizabethton, drive east on 91 for 10 miles. Turn left (north) on Panhandle Road at the national forest sign for blue hole. Drive 0.9 miles to the parking area. The trail to the right leads 0.1 miles down wooden steps to the base of the main falls.