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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Waterfalls in Wears Valley

Lower Cove Creek Cascade
As I said in the Feb. 6th post,  George and I took a short trip on Monday and Tuesday (Jan. 30 and 31).  On the 31st,  we drove through the glorious Smoky Mountains stopping in Wears Valley to check out FIVE waterfalls.  We saw these waterfalls in 2008 ---but were anxious to see them again!!!!    On that gorgeous day,  we loved walking along the creek checking out the waterfalls along the way...   Above is Lower Cove Creek Cascade...  Isn't it pretty?   Be sure to click on the pictures to enlarge them..




Cove Creek Falls
This little waterfall sits directly behind a house/cabin....  Great location for the cabin ---but it seemed to be in disrepair.   Nobody was around when we were there. 




George at Cove Creek Falls
I love this picture of George.  I put it on Facebook last week.  He is standing in front of Cove Creek Falls.




Secret Falls
There are two cabins at  Secret Falls.  One of them (like some of the other cabins along this road) sits TOO close to the water... I'm sure that high water or a flood would do alot of damage to these cabins.  (That may be why one of them is for sale!!!!!)

The picture above is Secret Falls.  The two cabins are across the creek.  You can see the one closest to the water --but the other one (a huge cabin) is up on the hill (to the left).  Parking is on the road side of the creek,  and one has to walk across the bridge to get to both cabins. 




Betsy at bridge above Secret Falls
George took my picture as I checked out the bridge above Secret Falls..  This area is just gorgeous---and we had a nice walk on a mild January day.





Middle Cove Creek Cascade
I took this picture from the bridge --looking toward Middle Cove Creek Cascade, farther upstream.  Wish you could have heard the roaring water as it swiftly made its way downstream. There is another cabin in the distance --along with another bridge.




Close-up Picture of the Cascades
We loved seeing this creek and all of its cascades and waterfalls.  We both love taking 'up close and personal' pictures of the water.  The picture above is a close-up I took...Isn't the water gorgeous?   It looks like silk, doesn't it?




Upper Cove Creek Cascade
The last waterfall upstream is farther away ----so George put on his long lens for a great shot.  There is a house (with no-trespassing signs) at the end of the road,  so we couldn't get close to this waterfall.  I love our long lenses for pictures like this. 

Hope you enjoyed our little walk along the creek.   You can imagine how wonderful it was seeing these beautiful waterfalls and cascades as we walked...

Hope you had a wonderful Valentine's Day.  George and I have been in Georgia doing some hiking and 'waterfalling'....  That's our very favorite thing to do.  On Monday and Tuesday,  we have seen a total of SEVEN waterfalls...   We had SO much fun!!!!!   We also went out to a wonderful Valentine's Dinner of Prime Rib and more.... What a wonderful trip!!!!!    (I will begin catching up with your blog posts soon...  There's never enough time!!!!)

One more piece of GREAT NEWS:  My youngest son Jeff and his gal (Dawn) are officially engaged now.  He gave her a ring on Valentine's Day!!!!

Hugs,
Betsy

68 comments:

Ms. A said...

Congratulations to Jeff and Dawn!

Love the photos! It would be wonderful to live that close to something so beautiful and to go to sleep listening the sound of rushing water.

Catherine said...

Such pretty photos Betsy. Sounds like you and George are having a wonderful time. As always! :)
xo Catherine

Glenda said...

What a great trip in one of our favorite places! You two have the most fun together, and your zest for life is inspiring! I love the sound of water rushing down a creek, too!

Big Dude said...

You guys know how to make these falls look their best. I believe I know where these are located.

diane b said...

What a great walk. So many waterfalls all close together. I have never seen anything like that. You both look like you had an enjoyable time. Congrats to Jeff and Dawn.

John and Ellen said...

Betsy, you and George take the very best waterfalls shots. Your photos are gorgeous! You leave me wanting to visit and stand where you are, admiring His creation!

John and Ellen
connectedtothevinephotography.blogspot.com

Pam said...

Congrats to Jeff and Dawn! And yes, they do look a little too close to the water, but what a lovely setting when the water is just right!

Arkansas Patti said...

Congrats to Jeff and Dawn. Now if they get married on next Valentine's day, he will never forget an anniversary.
It would really be tempting to have a cabin near those falls.

Mamma has spoken said...

Aw congrats to your son and soon to be DIL!
As I looked at the pictures of the cabin, I thought how great that would be to live that close to the water, in nature, enjoying the beauty around you. But then I realized how close you were able to get to the cabins. Forget the floods of water that might happen, I would worry about people being that close to me and decided it's better here. At least here I expect people to be in my front yard ;o0

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

I bet Secret Cabin offers a good night's rest - what with the water rushing by all night :-)

Peggy said...

I would sleep like a baby in that cabin "too" close to the water. :)

Brenda said...

Wonderful, AWESOME pictures! You are making me so homesick...
Congrats to your son!
Brenda

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

I love all these scenic shots,but my favourite is the close-up of the falls. This is just so artistic. Congrats to Jeff and Dawn.
I am wondering,are there always hiking path where you go,or do you bush whack?

My Kid's Mom said...

Beautiful pictures, as usual. I'd love to sleep in that cabin with the sound of the waterfall right outside - that would be awesome.

The Incredible Woody said...

Congrats to the happy couple!!

Linda G. said...

Congratulations to Jeff and Dawn! Great pictures of the waterfalls! I showed one of the waterfalls to Bob that you had posted on Facebook. He asked in a "wow voice" where it was. I told him Georgia. He goes cool falls!

gigihawaii said...

Congratulations to your son and his fiancee. And gorgeous captures of the waterfalls!

Sharon said...

Oh wow - thought I knew Wears Valley, but didn't know about these. Perhaps that why it's called "secret!" LOL!

I worked in Blue Ridge, GA for over a year, so can't wait to see if any of your hikes were in that area.

Congrats on the engagement!

Dorothy said...

Congrats to Jeff and Dawn!! May they be as happy as you and George!!!
I simply love the waterfall pictures! We breezed through Ware's Valley but didn't search out the waterfalls.

Linda said...

Okay, you've got me on these photos, Betsy. They're beautiful, and we've never heard of these places, even though we've rented cabins in Wears Valley and usually enter the national park through the Metcalf Bottoms entrance, even when we stay in Pigeon Forge.

cyclopseven said...

Lovely pictures. Tranquil atmosphere and peaceful mind is all we need to get mesmerized with the beautiful sights.

Tabor said...

So, you have a database right? With names, data and photos?

Rose said...

I am so happy for you/your son...I bet you are loving that he has someone in his life now....

I also really, really enjoyed this post. Beautiful waterfalls!

Lady Di Tn said...

I love creeks and the sound of a waterfall so I am rather envious of this trip. I grew up near a creek and as children do we were forever playing in the creek. Peace

Michele said...

I did hear the roaring from the waterfalls. gorgeous photos. congrats on your great news.

TexWisGirl said...

beautiful falls. i can't imagine the sound one hears inside that cabin! neat! enjoy your trip!

Ginny said...

So glad you had such a wonderful Valentine's trip!!! These pictures are all so good, but my favorites are two and four. Glad the weather co-operated, too!!! I hope a date is set soon for the wedding! Are you going to start shopping for a dress?

Ginny said...

I actually mean a dress for you, not the bride!

amelia said...

These are very beautiful pictures Betsy. Lovely waterfalls indeed.
Congrats to the happy couple!! I bet that news has made you very happy!!

W. Latane Barton said...

So delighted to have found you ... through my daughter, Marie, (from A Colorful World). So, right this minute you are being added to my blog list!! and I'll be a follower. Don't want to miss a thing on here.

imac said...

Great day to get engaged - congrats to both.
Waterfalls are a fav of mie too, love top stay in the cabin.

Out on the prairie said...

That love is in the air it sounds.

Cheryl @ The Farmer's Daughter said...

Beautiful waterfalls, Betsy! Congrats to your son and his soon to be bride!

Jo said...

Wow, Betsy so many waterfalls close together. I love your photo of the Cascades. Very professional. Congratulations to Jeff and Dawn. Blessings and (((hugs))) Jo

Jo said...

Wow, Betsy so many waterfalls close together. I love your photo of the Cascades. Very professional. Congratulations to Jeff and Dawn. Blessings and (((hugs))) Jo

Annie said...

I love the world that surrounds you, Betsy. It's so peaceful.

Happyone said...

Super pictures. I always enjoy your photos.
How cool it would be to live in the cabin on the water. Not so when the high water comes though.

Katherine Aucoin said...

These waterfalls are maybe about 30 minutes at the most from y house. I can't wait to surprise my husband and take hime there!

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi Betsy, Great photographs of those waterfalls. By the way, you may get to see Sand Hill Cranes way way up in the skies above Fairfield Glade. I saw about 200 earlier this afternoon there - just after that siren test at noon. I was in the Glade doing work on my other home. Keep your ears open for a sound between a turkey gobble and a lot of faint geese honking. Have a wonderful day!

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi Betsy, Great photographs of those waterfalls. By the way, you may get to see Sand Hill Cranes way way up in the skies above Fairfield Glade. I saw about 200 earlier this afternoon there - just after that siren test at noon. I was in the Glade doing work on my other home. Keep your ears open for a sound between a turkey gobble and a lot of faint geese honking. Have a wonderful day!

Sonya said...

Gorgeous pictures! You guys know how to have some fun! And prime rib to top it off. My appetite is coming back. Not quite to steak status but when it does we'll get to have our Valentine dinner finally.

Ann said...

Those are so pretty. I especially like the one in the second picture. Can you imagine getting up in the morning and seeing that view out your window?

Shug said...

Oh Besty....I love all of the waterfalls...are these falls close to a highway or do you have to hike in order to see them? We are planning a trip for our 40th anniversary and these places great.
Thanks for sharing..
shug

amy @ Life in Pink Hi-Tops said...

What a beautiful area! You and George must have had a wonderful time.

Daisy said...

What a wonderful place that would be to walk and enjoy the scenery and sounds of the waterfalls, Betsy. Congratulations to your son and his fiance! :D

Chatty Crone said...

I enjoy going down the path with you and George and seeing all the sites and the waterfalls. You looked pretty over the bridge! And I get to see everything and don't have to do the walking!

Hugs, sandie

Anita Johnson said...

It's been awhile since I've stopped by...what a great place! I have added it to my ever growing bucket list. So fun to find new places through my blog friends...and congrats to your youngest...such joy!

Angela said...

Wow! Those are some very beautiful falls Betsy! They all are incredibly beautiful! I can't imagine building that close to a creek much less a waterfall like that! Looks like it's been there awhile though but still! I'd be scared to stay in it much less live in it during the rainy season!

Hugs,
Angela

Pearl@serenitycove said...

Hi Betsy...Looks like you had a great time!
I didn't know those existed. Very beautiful. Are they on private property or park land? I would love to try to find some of them.
You are so blessed to live so close to so many waterfalls!!

Maple Lane said...

Such pretty pictures, Betsy. I can almost hear the roar of the waterfalls! Congrats to Jeff and Dawn!

ladyfi said...

What lovely shots!

Pam said...

Congrats to Jeff and Dawn, you must be a happy Momma.
Love your pics of the falls. I must admit I'm jealous, we love the Georgia mountains.
Hugs,
Pam

Busy Bee Suz said...

Wonderful news about Jeff and Dawn!!!
The waterfalls are beautiful and I just adore those little cabins!
xoxox

Tricia @ Bluff Area Daily said...

Wears Valley ooks like a gorgeous place, love the cabin & bridge at Secret Falls and the layered falls, too! WoW! =)

Denise said...

Congratulations to Jeff and Dawn, exciting news. Loved the photos of the waterfalls, especially of the ones of you and George :)

Sandy said...

I like the Secret Falls, looks very wonderful. Great shots of all the waterfalls. (o:

Small City Scenes said...

Wowee Betsy, it sounds and looks like you and George had a wonderful time. Love your pics of the waterfalls. I think a cabin over the water would be delightful. To visit maybe but what fun to listen to the water. Glad you are home . MB

Photo Cache said...

amazing scenery. i love the photos, you did a marvelous job capturing the beauty of nature.

Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

Beautiful photos!!! Wow! Your log cabin photo looks like it should be on a postcard or a puzzle box!

Enjoy your hiking! And congratulations on your son's and future daughter in law's engagement.

Blessings & Aloha!

Kleinste Motte said...

What a beautiful set of snaps. Your trip must have felt refreshing too.' Congrats on the engagement of your son:)

LV said...

I envy you two so much. I would dearly still love to be out into the world, but no one to go with me. Keep it up and enjoy each day to the fullest. This area is beautiful anytime of the year.

My Kid's Mom said...

I don't know how you find time to watch TV with all the traveling you do!

Carletta said...

I love all the water that is flowing! I guess it's the right time of year for that.
If I knew they're wasn't going to be rains for a few days I think I'd love to stay in one of those cabins. Bad weather would make me nervous about the water rising.
Congrats to Jeff and Dawn!

Rohrerbot said...

Congrats to your son and Dawn. Sounds like you'll be busy down the road:) Love the cabin shots. You're right about the water being too close to the cabin. One season of high water and bam!...no more place to stay:) I would love to go on road trips all the time. I see your pics and I get excited for some hiking this weekend. You also have a good Friday. All my best. Chris

eileeninmd said...

Hi Betsy, Congrats to your son and his fiancee. I love your waterfall photos. The houses do have lovely view of the falls. But, I would be worried about flooding. Great shots of you and George. Thanks for sharing your trip.

Marie said...

Gorgeous waterfall shots. You two and your waterfalls! :-) Very special things!!!!

Robert said...

Betsy,

Any chance I can get full directions to a few of these falls in Wears Valley. We are headed this way soon and would love to see some of these.
mountains 2009 at g mail dot com

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Robert said...

Betsy any chance I could get full directions on how to find the falls in Wears Valley?

We are headed this way soon and I would love to see some of these falls.

please write at mountains 2009 at g mail dot com

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