Waterfalls Old Homesteads and Fun Stuff


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

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

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

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

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Cooling off and enjoying the waterfall

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

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Close up of the Laurel Run Falls

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

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

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trail friend

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100+ miles of the Appalachian and Virginia Creeper Trails


So I started my Hiking season this year with plan to do a section of the Appalachian Trail and nearby connecting trails starting in Tennessee and heading up thru Virginia. Its been a wonderful experience so far I have enjoyed the beauty of the trail, hearing coyotes and screech owls, and seeing deer, and the wild ponies in Grayson Highlands State Park. I have enjoyed overcoming the physical and mental challenges of the trail and finding that I could accomplish and push myself far more than I ever thought. I have really been thrilled by how close knit the hiking community is and how we all look after and encourage each other and meeting people from all over the USA as well as Germany, France, England, Scotland, and Canada. Below are some photos from the first hundred miles. First is overlooking Watagua lake from the AT one of the prettiest views I had on the trail was sunrise from high above the lake. Fog completely covered the lake below but along the shore you could see the lights from the marinas along the shore it was a magical moment.

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Watagua lake seen from the AT

Next is Damascus Virginia and shots from along the Virginia Creeper Rails to Trails Hiking Path (the virginia creeper is a flowering vine but the trail takes its name from the railroad because it took so long for the train to creep over the mountains from North Carolina it was named the virginia creeper) The trail runs 34 miles from Abingdon to Mt Rogers Station in Virginia. I hiked mostly between Damascus and Mt Rogers Station. The trail is amazingly beautiful running alongside Laurel Creek and crossing it numerous times on the old railroad trestles. It is wooded at first then gives way to more open farmland and has some historic stations one is converted to a great cafe and the other at Green Cove Station is a museum.

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The next few scenes are from the hike up and over White Top Mountain which I did on a windy cold and foggy day it was surreal and an amazing experience camping at the top at over 5000 feet and waking to a clear sunrise after hearing the coyotes howling in the night:

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Greeting the sun outside my wenzel tent

The next section covers from Grayson Highlands State Park to Atkins Virginia

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started out cold at Grayson Highlands State Park

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view makes you feel as if you are hiking on the roof of the world or at least virginia

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thank you fellow hiker “sunrise” for taking this photo

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wild ponies in the park

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highest mt in the background is whitetop where i camped days before

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comers creek falls virginia

had to get off trail for a few days to nurse an injured ankle following are pics from Laurel Run Park in Churchhill tennessee where i did a test hike to make sure am ready to get back on trail beautiful park with views waterfalls

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Waterfall & Walking Trails


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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.

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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

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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)

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