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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Roaring River Falls

Roaring River Falls

As a photographer, I never want to actually admit that my pictures don't do something justice, but I'll have to own up to that here. This is one of those great places that most people don't know about. Once you know about it, finding it wasn't to tough, as there was an unsigned pulloff along the side of the road with a small bit of gravel parking. From there, the descent to the water starts down an old paved road or driveway which now has a barrier to prevent cars. Look for the trail and it's only a 5 minute walk from the car to get a great view.

Roaring River Falls

Roaring River Falls is also known as Crawford Mill Falls (based on the old mill that used to be here, and some evidence of it is still visible here) or Hardy-Reagan Falls (which is taken from the name of the nearby bridge where TN136 crosses the river). The Water drops about 13 feet and since it's late in the summer, there's not as much of it on this day as there would be during wetter times of the year. The area of the waterfall is about 80 feet wide here and I couldn't get far enough back to get everything in one shot. Perhaps the most impressive feature is the enormous backdrop which is a ~140ft. cliff made up of dozens of easily distinguishable strata of bedrock.

Roaring River Falls

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