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Old Jan 11, 2013, 6:50 PM   #1
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Late autumn and early winter is usually our driest season here in East Tennessee. But we've been enjoying an abundance of rain (snow at the higher elevations). This has swollen many of the small streams and springs, but thankfully, no flooding problems yet. Was out with friends & family at Laurel Run Park during Christmas vacation, and had several opportunities to see the high water levels.
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Old Jan 11, 2013, 6:53 PM   #2
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Laurel Run is a very popular park - a great place for a picnic and a great place for the children to play. It's also home to a rich and diverse spring wildflower population, a fine variety of birds, and plenty of small waterfalls. Here are two views of the most well-known of the falls at Laurel Run, seen from below, and from up on the trail just above.
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There are plenty of tiny falls all along Laurel Run and Kiner Creek. Here's a little riffle over the mossy rocks in Kiner Creek.
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And here are the main falls on Kiner Creek. No trail directly to Kiner Creek Falls - you have to follow the creek up to the falls, or else crawl down a rather steep bank off the main trail down to the falls. (We chose to do both!)
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At times of low water, Kiner Creek is just a lovely little drip! Even at times of high water, it's a rather low volume waterfall. There's plenty of space to get back behind the falls. Here are some "behind the scenes" views.
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We had a fine, muddy wet time, and are looking forward to more hikes in this lush landscape. Hope you enjoyed the trip, and that you will share your comments & critique!
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Old Jan 15, 2013, 10:56 PM   #7
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Hey Mole send some of that water up to us, the lake levels are way down. Great water shots, I'm always impressed by you water shots. After looking at them several times I like the last water shot best, it has an interesting feeling to it, great job.

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Wonderful shots!
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Hans - So glad you enjoyed these wet photos. We are currently experiencing some flooding - so will be glad to ship you some of our surplus water (if I can figure out how...). Last water shot was one of a series taken behind Kiner Creek Falls, when the sun came out briefly. I usually try for the dense clouds, but must agree that this bit of sun sure made for an interesting effect.

WCKSer - Thanks so much. Hope you'll come hike here yourself someday, and take some even better ones!
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Great water shots..
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