Tennessee: Big South Fork: 2014-0620

11:27 a.m. on June 24, 2014 (EDT)
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Me and TrailMedic made it down to BSF and hiked around Leatherwood Ford for 3 nights; I just wanted to share a few pictures.

 

No, the picture below is not how we crossed the Ford; that would have been dangerous and irresponsible.  Actually we didn't see the little piece of paper taped to the gazebo saying, "Don't cross the Ford; Duh! It's clearly broken." Until we had already crossed and came back to the car.  Oh well, we survived to tell the tale. 
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Water and boulders on the South Fork of the Cumberland River.
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Side stream feeding into BSF.
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The first night we hiked up to the Angel Falls Overlook.  Bring your own water.
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Climbing up to the overlook.
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Views from the overlook.
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Day Two: A morning storm and mostly overcast day.  We hiked out to the O&W Railroad Bridge. This overhang below the Angel Falls overlook became our shelter while we let the thunderstorm blow through.P6200849.jpg

Some views from the O&W.
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Third day was sunny; we hiked to the Angel Falls, which really aren't falls but some pretty impressive rapids.

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Big pool below the rapids.
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Some early morning fog on the last day.
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A view of the Angel Falls Overlook (and our first day's goal) from below on the last day heading back to the car.
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My first visit to BSF and I really enjoyed it.  I definitely want to come back, maybe when it's a little cooler.  Temperatures were in the mid-80's during the day and mid-60's overnight, but surprisingly bugs were not very bad.  Some eye-gnats every once in a while, but I slept without any netting all three nights. 

11:45 a.m. on June 24, 2014 (EDT)
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Beautiful photos, looks like you had a great trip!

8:09 p.m. on June 24, 2014 (EDT)
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Absolutely gorgeous pics. I've never been to that part of the country. Great trip report!

10:57 p.m. on June 24, 2014 (EDT)
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I haven't been to Tenn. much, but maybe I'll try to change that soon based on this trip report. Thanks for sharing. 

9:49 a.m. on June 25, 2014 (EDT)
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Wow I can't beleive you had no bug issues. They ate me alive in that area about a month befor eyour trip. Very nice report!

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