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Old Jan 2, 2014, 8:09 PM   #1
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Another quick waterfall hike - this time to Jones Falls. It's right off the Appalachian Trail near Buck Mountain in Carter County Tennessee. In fact, the Trail was re-routed several years ago so that hikers could enjoy this waterfall.

From the parking lot at Buck Mountain Baptist Church, it's only about a 2 mile hike on gently rolling terrain to reach the falls. Much of the trail goes through typical East Tennessee woodlands, and an amazingly diverse spring wildflower habitat.
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No spring wildflowers on this end-of-December hike, but we did spot some unique fungi. They're called "Puffballs in Aspic," or "Hot Lips Mushroom." They seem to thrive under Oaks especially, but are not very common (in our region) anywhere...
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Part of the trail goes through some old, overgrown Christmas Tree farms. There are many active Christmas Tree farms in this corner of the state, but apparently, this one did not make it...
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We could hear the falls quite some time before we got there. Never a high-flow waterfall, but thanks to plenty of rain, there was good flow this time.
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Could not find a safe spot from which to photograph the entire falls, but there is a little path that leads up to the upper section. Here are a few views from up there.
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Return hike was quick and uneventful. Had to put the camera away to be sure we'd get back before dark! Hope you enjoyed the trip, and that it will tempt you out to explore here, or near you. Thanks for any comments & critique!
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Again, good series.
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Very nice Mole, I especially like the 3rd and last shots, nice job
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Bob - Thanks so much!

Hans - Thanks for the kind and helpful feedback!
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