54 Tennessee State Parks Ride Collab:Standing Stone and Burgess Fal
1) The State Parks were not the primary objective
2) This was planned as a ride, but...
Pics are uploading now...more to come.
Here's the way I visualized this weekend: after a long winter, cold and wet spring and limited fun weekend opportunities, this would be a fun weekend for the wife and myself: mild weather, fun destination....
The destination was for Saturday. For every second of every minute of every hour from midnight Friday to midnight Saturday, it rained. So, riding the bike just didn't happen. I probably wouldn't even be talking about it if we had taken the bike.
Still, we went, had a great, if wet, time. So, first the State Parks.
Standing Stone State Park
I was looking for the Standing Stone, but didn't find it. It is a nice park in a scenic area. The amenities are modest, maybe typical. Nice camping and cabins. Remoteness is probably the best feature of the park. A nice destination.
I'm pretty sure this is for marble play:
Of course, I lost mine a long time ago:
Scenic and twisty roads:
But when its been raining a lot; you're going to look at .... water
Wife and water
You get the idea:
Some history that I'm not clear on:
Pleasant and scenic spots;
And just so you are informed:
By the way, visiting the parks, the rain was light and intermittent. A vast improvement over the day before,
Burgess Falls next.
On further Google Mapping:
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It seems I missed some major stuff here...at least some promising looking roads. So, being in the area looking at another park, I did a little refresh. The road Google calls "Beach" is shown as "Beech" on the signs at the park. It is a narrow, twisty piece of tarmac that drops steeply down to the lake shore line opposite of the dam.
Nice shore line with picnic tables and I think you can camp back there. There is a lodge at the end. The road keeps going and eventually turns into a mildly maintained gravel road. After climbing up a steep, heavily rutted, twisty grade, I stopped on level ground to take a picture. It was late and I hadn't planned on exploring forest service roads, so I turned around. Some other time for that.
The climb back out to the main road:
Narrow stuff. Two F150s would be scraping mirrors.
On to Burgess Falls State Park
As you might guess, the principle feature is....
Water falls. And today, a whole lotta falling going on.
And what would there be on the way? Rain
3/4 mi of pretty muddy, slippery, trail to the big falls
Water rolling in from all directions
Middle Falls - this water is moving right along and making a lot of noise
Wife and large tree. Note the special hiking Crocs
The Big Falls
Right at the bottom of where the water is landing is a favorite summer swimming hole. Not quite summer yet.
The spray is flowing rapidly down stream and slowly rising over the bluffs. Sorta like Niagara Falls is all the time. It is a nice, small park. The falls are always nice, rarely ever this much volume. Makes a nice, cool summertime destination.
So What Was the Objective?
Live In Livingston
Presented by Hippie Jack
It rained every second of every minute of every hour of the show, but it didn't matter. We were under the tent and the rain was outside.
Jack his own self, practically drownded
Look at the list of artists on the Live at Livingston link. They were all exceptional. Oh, did I mention that the show was free?
Next? Not free, but modest cost...
May 23-26 Hippie's May Festival. A great destination in a great riding area. There's even a change it might not rain!
A few samples:
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Thanks for enduring cold and wet to get the pictures
Love that area. ! I've never seen burgess with that much water either. Crazy ! fall creek falls. And fall creek falls. And the coinciding gorge. Are nice too
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