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Picture posted by Randy Johnson on Dec 18 '10

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“Squirrel Stew with Shrooms, mm”

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#1 Dec 19, 2010
Where's this at Randy?

“Squirrel Stew with Shrooms, mm”

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#2 Dec 19, 2010
And where the hell did it just go?

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#3 Dec 19, 2010
I want to sit there on a hot summer afternoon but until then it is on my desktop. Google Map here I come.
Randy Johnson

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#4 Dec 19, 2010
Squirrel Eater wrote:
Where's this at Randy?
Not far (relatively speaking) from the Roan Highlands.

With the possible exception of the sign at the summit of Mt. Katahdin, these falls are probably the place most photographed by each yearís crop of through-hikers.
Since I posted the picture I have been trying to find good online directions for getting there. So far all I have found are directions that bring you in from the north via Dennis Cove. There is a better way.
Between Elizabethton, TN and Roan Mountain, TN turn off US 19E onto US 321 at Hampton, TN. As you are leaving Hampton on US 321 you will cross two small bridges in quick succession - like both of them in 100 feet or less. IMMEDIATELY after crossing the second bridge you will see a parking area on the right. This is the trailhead. My first time through the area, the AT crossed the highway at this point. It has since been rerouted over Pond Mountain and crosses the road a mile or two to the east. Leaving the parking area you walk more or less level trail that is blazed with (approximately) 2X6 inch light blue blazes. At some point in the trip up the gorge you will come to an intersection with the Appalachian Trail. At this point the blue blazes end and you start following the white blazes. Here you are going to need to bear to the right. A left turn will take you over Pond Mountain over what I understand to be a totally insane route. You mostly follow the creek but there is a place or two where the trail route takes you uphill away from it. Before reaching the falls you will see another blue blazed trail to the left. This one leads to the Laurel Fork shelter. After about two miles (maybe a little less - itís been a while) you reach the falls. You canít tell in the picture, but they are about 45X45 feet. Degree of impressive is dictated by how high the creek is. Itís possible to have too much water. If the creek is high enough you canít get to the falls. There is a bypass trail for this possibility.
With two cars it would be possible for one group to hike all the way from US 321 to Dennis Cove Road and the other to do the opposite. However, if I could only go one way it would be the way Iíve described.
For more info and another great slide show go to:
http://www.tehcc.org/hiking/appalachian-trail...
Randy Johnson

United States

#5 Dec 19, 2010
Farm Girl - Original wrote:
I want to sit there on a hot summer afternoon but until then it is on my desktop. Google Map here I come.
I have done that in the past and you can actually SEE the falls in a satellite picture.
This will be the last AT picture I post here until at least next summer when I hit part of it and take some more.
I have so many 35mm slides that it takes two or three hours to see them all but at the present time I have no way of getting them onto (into?) my laptop. I can get them on my old desktop but I need to get the CD burner on it fixed to transfer everything to the newer machine.

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