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Old Nov 15, 2010, 2:04 PM   #1
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Had a bit of spare time this weekend for a short stroll up Gentry Creek. There's a fine little trail, only about 2.5 miles each way, that follows this lovely little stream in nearby Johnson County TN, in the midst of the national forest.
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The woodland here is mostly second-growth forest, with plenty of rhododendron beneath the healthy young trees.
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The rich floodplain soil is perfect for spring wildflowers. Nothing blooms there this late in the season, but the forest floor is still rich with shining clubmoss...
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And plenty of ferns as well!
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The trail crosses Gentry Creek 13 times. There used to be a few footbridges, but all have washed out since the last time I was here. So we had many chances to get well-acquainted with the cool clear water!
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After a pleasant 2.5 mile stroll, we got to Gentry Creek Falls. It's actually two waterfalls, each about 30' high.
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We scrambled around a bit, to get some more good views of the lower falls...
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There's a rough path leading up to the second falls, and then on up to the top of Rogers Ridge. But we were running short on time & daylight, so will save that longer hike for another day.

Hope you enjoyed this little hike, and thanks so much for any comments & critique!
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Enjoyed the hike very much, Mole. and I have the aching muscles to prove it!
Actually, I got the aches and pains from pouring 21 bags of concrete yesterday!
I should have known better.

The falls made me feel much better.
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Wonderful shots, I just love your waterfalls.

GW - I'd rather have any aches that Mole has than yours. No way would I trade a beautiful hike for 21 bags of concrete!
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