Waterfalls Old Homesteads and Fun Stuff

Here are a variety of pics from some exploring the few days enjoy!


Urban Hiking can produce some cool shots–under the Nrtherland Inn rd bridge Kingsport TN


The way the rocks are naturally stacked and the water falling made a perfect zen moment


Me at one of the settler buildings brought to the park–Laurel Run Park Church Hill TN


Cooling off and enjoying the waterfall


Mountain Laurel after which the park and stream are named–can you spot the butterfly?


Close up of the Laurel Run Falls


This tree was so huge and cool you can also see an old homestead behind it.



this would have been nice in its day a porch and 2 fireplaces


trail friend



Quarter Way Inn and Northward

So I started and ended my next two days of hiking at the Quarter Way Inn in Virginia. This place is amazing. Tina (thru hiker class 2009) is the a super host and staying in a house built in 1910 was so cool. They also have the most amazing breakfast you will ever eat and for some reason I forgot to take a picture of it but here are some pictures of the hostel and grounds.


the house was built in 1910 the land grant goes back to 1799


This planter cracked me up it looks like how hiker feet feel.


The cemetary across the road has graves dating back to 1802


crepe myrtle in purple beneath the shadow of a huge sycamore hard to see in the pic but it is huge



view from the back deck is amazing in the back ground the blue ridge is chestnut knob where the trail runs


The hike out was one of the prettiest on the trail with views of farmland and rolling waves of mountains and a river crossing by an old mill.


start of the trail up and over the fence style and up the hill


trail across the meadow


pretty and open views



trail marks across open ground 



old mill north fork of the holston river in virginia



knot maul shelter

Hiking Pow Wows and What I’ve been Up too

Sorry for the long delay between posts. I am finishing up my schooling in Forest/Rangeland Wildlife Management, Preparing for an Appalachian Trail Thru Hike in April of 2017 and working full time. My days are work, hike, schoolwork, sleep, and repeat lol. I have found some time for seeing Native American Dancers and Exploring beautiful hiking spots here in Tennessee here are some photographs from the last few months:

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Waterfall & Walking Trails


Above is the Watauga River behind Wilson Dam. It was a perfect spot and scene that just says peaceful. It was taken in May near Elizabethton TN in the Wilson and Watauga Dam Recreation Areas. Nice picnic and fishing areas where the Appalachian Trail crosses Wilbur Dam Road. There is a unique little waterfall as Little Laurel Creek (not to be confused with Laurel Run Falls that I wrote about last week) pours into the lake.


The scenery is beautiful and makes for a great day to take a short drive through the area on a pretty road that follows the river


If your in the mood for a longer hike you can hop on the AT and walk as long as you want just keep an eye out for bears in the area (the sign was put up after a bear went into a occupied tent the occupant was fine the bear was removed it had some sort of illness injury)



Fall Colors Hike

Early morning hike on a drizzly day to get some pics of the fall colors in the mountains of northeast Tennessee.

Start of the trail.


Seriously who wouldn’t love to hike this trail.


Fall Colors along the lake shore.

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I love the colors along with the deep blue of the water and against the green of the hemlocks.

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so pretty and peaceful perfect meditation trail.


Across the beaver pond on another of the floating bridges on the trail.


Even the little trees and plants were decked out in fall colors.

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The leaves were the star of the show.


Woods all shining in green and gold.

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Mother Nature is the true creative artist as photographers we just record her art.


Last shot from the trail and the sleepy wolf pack.

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A Walk In The Woods

A walk along the lake shore and the woods. The fall colors are starting to show so it inspired me to get out and take a lil walk.

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Along the lake.

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Deeper in the woods. Its hard to see in this pick but this tree is huge the first limb to the right is almost 8 feet around.


Sometimes you find odd scenes deep in old woods like this square cut piece of stone. Like an old cold stone altar unwarmed by the bright sun all around it.


Odd twisted vines and stumps of trees were around it. The biggest strand of vines looked like a giant spider striding through a forest.