“The Little Niagara” and the Smokey Mountains

 

Nature Quote signboard

At a roadway rest area in Kentucky we pick-up a brochure and two hours later we are standing before the Cumberland Falls – also known as the “Little Niagara.”  The falls, 125 feet (38m) wide and 68 feet (21m) high, plummet downward at 3,600 cubic feet per second in a thunderous white plume.

Cumberland Falls, Kentucky

On a full moon night, an elusive lunar rainbow called a Moonbow can be seen in the falls – an event we will miss in the direct light of day.

Moonbow sign

Next –  the Great Smokey Mountains, a subrange of the Appalachian Mountains – the most visited National Park in the U.S. The endless succession of mountains look blue in the overcast sky. Beech, birch maple, hobble-bush and pin cherry carpet the hilly terrain that lies between North Carolina and Tennessee.

Great Smokey Mountains

The lush Smokey Mountains

Wildflowers of the Smokies

And – if you’d like to walk the trail from this point to Maine – well read the  sign-post – you’d better have good hiking shoes!

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One Response to “The Little Niagara” and the Smokey Mountains

  1. seekraz says:

    What a beautiful set of falls…I’d love to see that moonbow…sounds intriguing….

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