Tennessee

I had always heard about the beauty of Tennessee, but this was my first time visiting.  Each of the three waterfalls I had the privilege of exploring were equally enchanting, and I could easily return many times without losing interest.  These are natural cathedrals to be honored and respected, and they speak to you at your core.  You feel the energy while you’re there, and when you lay in bed at night, reflecting on the magic they instilled in you.  If you are a nature lover, put these spots at the top of your list.  You won’t be disappointed.

Hiking with friends, Jodi and Jamie – Jodi proved to be a true athlete.  I couldn’t believe how well she could navigate the rocks in her slick, flat bottom running shoes!  Jamie is a great trail guide as well. With knowledge of the terrain and biological wildlife, he pointed out many things I would have otherwise missed.  Thanks again, Blondie and Baldy! 😉

 

Cummins Falls

Cummins Falls

 

Burgess Falls

Burgess Falls – The force of the water moving down the rocks makes a strong wind, and a unique micro-climate.  The sound of the water here is so loud, it reminded me of Niagara Falls!

Fall Creek Falls

Fall Creek Falls – Over time, the water flow has carved out an amazing canyon, leaving some of the reddest rocks I have ever seen.  Aside from the heavy fern growth, the setting reminds me of Arizona and the Grand Canyon.

 

Fall Creek Falls Aerial

Fall Creek Falls Aerial