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Old Aug 23, 2009, 6:55 PM   #1
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Default Little Stony Creek National Rec. Trail

Took a short trip across the state line into Southwest Virginia yesterday, to visit Little Stony Creek in Jefferson National Forest. This is not the same as North Fork Stony Creek (my favorite waterfall in Carter County TN), or even the same as Big Stony Creek! (There are lots of "stoney creeks" in our region!!)
The trip there was great - wonderful views of the green late-summer countryside - both here in TN and in SW VA.
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Old Aug 23, 2009, 6:56 PM   #2
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Little Stony Creek is a designated National Recreational Trail - always a guarantee of a great outdoor experience.
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Old Aug 23, 2009, 6:58 PM   #3
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The forests here are green and lush, growing around and through some lovely sandstones.
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It's an easy trail - well graded and cleared, and fairly level (only 800' elevation change from trailhead to the highest waterfall). This makes it easy to "stop and smell the flowers" along the way.
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We saw a few signs of autumn's approach - some fallen Red Maple leaves already turning, some late season Boletes, and a wandering Spiny Oak Slugmoth caterpillar (yes - those spines do sting!)
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But the biggest attraction of this hike is the creek itself - full of riffles and pools, the trickling "voice" of the water over all those rocks, and several lovely waterfalls.
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Hope you'll decide to go visit the "real thing," and not just the photos.

Let me know what you think, and any suggestions for improving. Thanks!
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Old Aug 23, 2009, 9:07 PM   #8
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Top notch as usual Mole...you continue to demonstrate that the photographer, more than the gear makes for great pictures! Your waterfall images are best-in-class!
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Old Aug 25, 2009, 6:16 AM   #9
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Jelpee - Thanks for the kind words, and glad you liked the photos!
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Old Aug 27, 2009, 6:42 AM   #10
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PS - did anyone notice the little "visitor" in photo #7?
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