In Episode 29, we are all about waterfalls! We cover Juney Whank Falls, Tom Branch Falls, and Indian Creek Falls. We also visit News From Around the Mountains, and the best guidebooks for hiking the AT and state parks.
News From Around the Mountains
1) Hard Rock Cafe in Pigeon Forge is open! Yay! Hard Rock in Gatlinburg is closed! Boo! The new place is big, loud, and offers live music. Looks to be pretty cool. What’s in store for the old location? Probably a t-shirt shop.
2) Margaritaville is coming to Pigeon Forge this month! Hey Parrot Heads, enjoy your Cheeseburger in Paradise! It is located on the Parkway in the Island attractions/shops.
3) The Hemlock Woolly Adelgid is on the run. Park staff is starting to get these destructive critters on the run. We will stay tuned on progress
Your best guidebooks for hiking a state park are made by Falcon Books and appropriately titled by state. For example, Tennessee’s book is “Hiking Tennessee.” Check those out to find the best hikes all over your state.
The best guidebooks for hiking the AT are Awol’s “The A.T. Guide” or “The Appalachian Trail Data Book.” Both are great, and you can’t go wrong with either. However, Awol’s book has more information and is heavier, so take those factors into advisement.
Juney Whank Falls/Indian Creek Falls/Tom Branch Falls
This hiking trifecta of waterfalls can be done from the same trailhead and done in a total of 2.4 miles. That is completely unique. The hike is overall an easy hike, the only tough part is going the .25 mile to Juney Whank Falls. But here is the deal. Once you go up and down the falls, it is .3 mile to Indian Creek Falls, then another .6 to Tom Branch Falls. All the falls are cascading. Juney Whank and Toms Branch look similar and are about the same height (80 feet). Indian Creek, at 45 feet, is the most impressive in my opinion. Check them all out on your next trip.
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Intro/Outro Music: ”KM 19″ by “The Breakmen” www.thebreakmen.com