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  • Shots from the Trail

    More specifically, shots from the Point Trail. These photographs were taken on a recent hike. You can see more pictures from this trail, and also review prints available through my gallery. Thanks for visiting!

  • Into the Forest

    Here’s a shot from somewhere near the beginning of my recent hike at Point Trail, in Lancing, Tennessee, where the trail leads into the forest. If you have an empty wall in your home, you should visit my gallery to discover the perfect accent piece! There are many print types available, and options to customize, as well. Hope to see you soon…

  • Point Trail At Obed

    I recently hiked four miles out and back along the Point Trail at Obed Wild And Scenic River, located near Lancing, Tennessee. It’s situated on a high ridge between the gorges of the Obed River and Clear Creek.

    Rated a moderately difficult hike, the trail has several elevation changes and consists mostly of hard-pack soil. There are a few rocky areas, two stream crossings, and many fallen trees have been cleared.

    You can visit my gallery to select from a wide variety of fine prints, including framed, canvas, art, metal, wood, tapestry, poster and acrylic. And, framed prints may be customized (size, frame, mat, paper, finish) to suit your wishes. Thanks for visiting – enjoy the great outdoors!

  • Autumn View

    Autumn View

    House Mountain

    This photograph features the colorful autumn leaves of a Maple tree, as seen while hiking along the upper ridge of House Mountain, near Corryton, Tennessee. Looking west toward the horizon are the Cumberland Mountains. Prints, gifts and apparel with my photography are available in my shops at Pixels and Redbubble. Check it out…

  • House Mountain

    House Mountain

    Only ten miles from Knoxville, House Mountain is located in Corryton, Tennessee. It’s the highest peak in Knox County, with an elevation of 2110-feet above sea level.

    With seasonably warm temperatures, yesterday, I hiked approximately five miles and enjoyed a display of colorful autumn foliage. From a base elevation of 1000-feet, I ascended the White Trail, which ends at the West End Overlook and features views toward Knoxville, the Great Smoky Mountains and the Cumberland Mountains out toward Oak Ridge.

    Prints Available

    You can visit my gallery at Pixels to discover many fine prints of the photographs featured, herein. Print types include: framed, canvas, art, metal, wood, poster, acrylic and tapestry. Framed prints may also be customized, with options for size, frame, mat, mat width and paper.

    Here are photographs from along the trail to the West End Overlook:

    On top of House Mountain, the 1.5 mile Crest Trail allows hikers to traverse a scenic ridge. Here are a few photographs:

    At the end of the line, the East End Overlook provides a view of Clinch Mountain, the parent of House Mountain, and the ridge and valley toward Blaine and Rutledge. Here are a few photographs from the East End Overlook:

    With expansive views and several flat rocks available for seating, I enjoyed a snack and conversation with other hikers before backtracking to the Blue Trail, to begin my descent.

    This photograph was taken along the Blue Trail:

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  • The Stone Door

    The Stone Door

    Running from the top of the escarpment into the gorge below, the Stone Door was once used by Native Americans as a passageway. As shown here, it winds up and around the corner, with 153 steps.

    It’s located at the Savage Gulf State Natural Area of the South Cumberland State Park, in Beersheba, Tennessee, and can be visited by hikers along a one mile trail.

    You can also enjoy it from the comfort of your home, when you visit my gallery at Pixels.

    Several print types are available, including: framed, canvas, art, metal, poster, wood, acrylic and tapestry.

    Thank you for stopping by!

  • Scenic Overlook

    Scenic Overlook

    Rock ledges extend over tall cliffs and an expansive forested mountainside at the Savage Gulf State Natural Area, on the Cumberland Plateau in Tennessee. For prints of all kinds, please visit my gallery to find the perfect match to accent your living spaces.

  • More Savage Gulf

    More Savage Gulf

    Enjoy this view from the cap-rock at the Savage Gulf State Natural Area, in Tennessee, one of several scenic overlooks within easy hiking distance from parking. Prints available.

  • Savage Gulf

    Black & White

    This black and white photograph was taken at the Savage Gulf State Natural Area, located in the South Cumberland State Park of Tennessee. If you’d like a print for your home or office, you can visit my gallery 24/7 to select from a variety of print options.

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  • Savage Gulf

    Savage Gulf

    This is the Savage Gulf State Natural Area. Located near Beersheba Springs, Tennessee, in the South Cumberland State Park, hikers can explore nearly 16,000 acres of wilderness, with 50 miles of trails and several different waterfalls. Prints available.

  • Top Shelf

    Savage Gulf

    Only one mile from parking, hikers at the Savage Gulf State Natural Area can enjoy expansive landscape views from broad cap stone bluffs. In fact, this spot immediately proceeds The Stone Door.

    Prints and more available in my shop at Pixels.

  • Savage Gulf

    Scenic Overlook

    This is the Savage Gulf State Natural Area, located near Beersheba Springs, Tennessee, in the South Cumberland State Park, where hikers can explore nearly 16,000 acres of wilderness, with 50 miles of trails and several different waterfalls.

    Enjoy this view from the comfort of your home or workplace, but don’t get to close to the edge! See prints & more in my galleries at Pixels and/or Society 6.

  • View From Tennessee

    Savage Gulf State Natural Area

    Prints available. Located within the 15,590-acre South Cumberland State Park, the Savage Gulf State Natural Area has an abundance of beautiful scenery, such as featured here, not far from the Stone Door. Other hiking attractions include Lower Greeter Falls, Upper Greeter Falls, and Boardtree Falls, to name a few. It’s truly a great place to visit!

    Prints. You’ll find many different print type to suit your interests, whether for the home or a workplace environment – including: framed, canvas, art, poster, metal, acrylic, wood and tapestries.

  • Hiking Charlies Bunion In Smoky Mountains

    Hiking Charlies Bunion In Smoky Mountains

    I recently visited the Smoky Mountains to hike Charlies Bunion, and another spot known as The Jump Off. Located along the Appalachian Trail between Tennessee and North Carolina, much of the trail is at an altitude of 6,000 feet above sea level, and, after seven hours, I hiked a total of approx. ten miles.

    The name is, as one might suspect, related to feet. In 1929, Horace Kephart and Charlie Conner, a mountain guide from Oconaluftee, climbed the area to inspect damage after a recent fire. With a sore foot from hiking, Charlie removed his shoe, Horace offered a comment, and the rest is history.

    The moral of the story: never underestimate the value of quality footwear!

    The Hike

    Despite references I’ve read which describe the trail as firm-packed, much of the trail is rocky: smaller loose, flat stones; medium stepping stones; and, larger rocks. There are also several logs installed along the trail to be used as stairs, and others positioned to reduce erosion by redirecting water-runoff.

    In addition to occasional glimpses of surrounding mountains and valleys through the trees, hikers can enjoy a variety of forest-scenery along the trail; in particular, a continuous display of moss & ferns. I also briefly saw two turkeys on the trail.

    Signs And A Shelter

    You’ll find several signs along the trail, though some could use improvement. For instance, there isn’t any reference to Charlies Bunion (nor trail distance) at the trailhead. Also, near the shelter, it’s unclear that the subsequent – and, substantial – descent to Charlies Bunion is the correct direction (it is). Lastly, the sign to The Jump Off states a distance of 0.3 miles – however, it’s at least a 1/2 mile each way.

    The shelter has an eating area, benches and bunk beds to easily accommodate four adults. It also has a fireplace. There’s spring water available, which must be boiled before drinking, and a toilet area as well. Furthermore, metal cables are provided to secure your food high above the ground – as a precaution against bears. This is the place to be when the weather turns stormy!



    Whether in your home, office, lobby or cafeteria, prints of the Smoky Mountains look good in any room! Select from a variety of prints, including: framed, canvas, art, metal, wood and acrylic. Visit my gallery to see more!


    Here’s a video taken at Charlies Bunion. At conclusion, you can also see The Jump Off – a flat area along the ridge at upper left:

    Thanks for stopping by!