Wednesday, April 1, 2009
While we were visiting Serenity Falls this past week, we took a ride to the Greenbriar area of the Smokies. On the main road between Cosby and Gatlinburg, there is a turn-off gravel/dirt road which follows the Little Pigeon River back into the mountains. This Greenbriar area is used by the 'locals' for swimming in summer, but there is camping, picnicking and hiking available year 'round.
When we were there (after much rainfall), the river was really flowing and seemed ANGRY!!!!! TONS of water flowed quickly down the mountains--and there were cascades, waterfalls and white-caps everywhere. We enjoyed driving up into the mountains following that river. Several other streams join in with the Little Pigeon at several places along the way, making even more water!!! It was truly amazing. Here are some pictures of the Little Pigeon taken on a chilly, damp, drizzly day. Above, George climbs out on those rocks to get more pictures.
One of my sons brings his children here (and my other grandchildren) during the summer to swim. I sent these pictures to them--asking them if they were ready to swim here NOW..... NOT!!!! ha
Isn't this a pretty little waterfall/cascade?
This girl LOVES this "Wild and Scenic River"!
Some people love to kayack here.... NOT ME!!!
Sometimes, there are more rocks than there is water here. Not this time!!!!
This is one of the smaller creeks coming down out of the mountain, feeding into the Little Pigeon.
You can see that creek at the top--flowing into the river. That creek is called Middle Prong.
I am on the bridge which crosses the Little Pigeon. That road leads back to the Ramsey Cascades hiking trail.
This picture was taken from the bridge--looking up the river. Pretty, huh?
Hope you enjoyed seeing this WILD River... Listen carefully and you can hear it ROAR.
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Yesterday, I showed you the inside of our cabin at Serenity Falls (near Cosby, TN). Today--I want to show you the area outside around that little 'holler'. Above is a picture of me standing at the Serenity Falls sign. Below are more photos from that area. (By the way, if any of you want info about these cabins --since it was so awesome, I'll be glad to share it.)
This is the little road leading into that holler. We loved it because of the authentic and historic preservation of the area, and because of the privacy. There are so many little log cabins being built in the Smokies---usually with the cabins close together with no privacy and no view. This one is SO different. We highly recommend it --if you ever get to the Smokies.
We are getting closer to the end of the road. You can see our car parked on the left at the end of the road. It is beside our cabin--and if you look closely, you can see part of the waterfall.
This is where the owners live... They renovated this old farmhouse---and it is gorgeous. These are the luckiest people in the world to live in this 'holler'.
This is a picture of another cabin which is for rent. This one was/is the "General Store".
This cabin is called "Tillie's Stall". We didn't get a picture of the 4th cabin for rent--but it is called "Will's Barn".... I would always choose the one we stayed in since it is the one closest to the waterfall... The name of our cabin is "Ed's Mill".
This little bridge goes across the creek --which runs behind the cabins. George is taking pictures of this area.
George took this picture of our cabin (deck) --from that little bridge which crosses the creek.
This is another view of the little creek--which flows on down the mountain from the waterfall. Note the pretty Forsythia bush. Did I mention that this is a beautiful place?????? ha
One of the many Forsythia bushes ---up close and personal!!!! Isn't it beautiful???
This is the 'hang-out' area near the waterfall. Besides the swing and picnic table, there are also benches and a fire-pit. The owners told us that there are LOTS of weddings here right beside the waterfall. What a neat setting for a wedding, don't you think???
I am sitting on one of the benches in the neat little area next to the waterfall. Isn't Serenity Falls one of the prettiest waterfalls you've ever seen???
I took this picture of George while we were wandering around the area taking photos. You can see our gorgeous cabin again--with that neat deck and big picture-window.
Here's one last photo --looking toward our cabin with Serenity Falls in the background. Oh---how wonderful this little vacation was!!!!
Monday, March 30, 2009
As some of you may remember, George and I went to a little cabin in Cosby, TN this past November to celebrate my birthday. My birthday is in August--but we had to put the trip off until November. While in Cosby, we checked out some waterfalls in the area. One of these waterfalls was Serenity Falls. Lo and behold, when we found Serenity, we found out that there were cabins there!!! I told George at the time that I really would love to stay at Serenity Falls sometime. This past Thursday ---we did it!!!! All I can say is WOW!!! What an incredible place!!!
This is a "Mom-and-Pop" business, and there are only four cabins. The owners live there also--and were so attentive to us and our needs. It was almost like the way folks are treated at a B&B. The cabins were totally stocked --including coffee, and the owner brought over some freshly baked cookies for us.
This little group of cabins is located in a little holler (as we mountain people call a hollow)... There are mountains on both sides, and that gorgeous waterfall is at the 'head' of the holler, just rolling down the mountain. In the 1800's, this little area was a thriving business which included a Grist Mill, a General Store, a Barn and a Stall. The area thrived until the Government bought the nearby land for the Great Smoky Mountains National Forest --which closed the road leading through the property.
The entire area deteriorated until this wonderful couple bought the property in the '90's ---and renovated the buildings into cute, little cabins. (Oh--how I wish that I had had that opportunity to buy this property at one time!!!!)
We stayed in Ed's Mill (and it was neat knowing that the cabin we were in was once a Grist Mill). The other three cabins were named: the General Store, Tillie's Stall, and Will's Barn. (Tillie Rose was the cow belonging to the original family, and Will was the original owner of the property).
We have LOTS of pictures from our 3 days at Serenity, and of our visits to see new waterfalls and other places in the area. I'll spread these pictures out over the next week or weeks. We did have quite a bit of rain while we were there ---but that didn't stop us from going-and-doing. BUT---with that gorgeous waterfall right outside our window, it was hard for me to want to go anywhere!!!! I felt like I was truly in heaven.
Today I will share pictures of our little cabin named Ed's Mill. Above is a picture of us --at Serenity Falls. Below are more!!! Hope you enjoy them! Be sure and click on them for larger photos.
This was our cabin--from the side, looking toward the waterfall in the distance. Isn't it just gorgeous?
You are just not going to believe this---but this big picture-window was in our cabin. We could sit and watch Serenity Falls FROM our comfy sofa or chairs. Isn't that truly just unbelievable???? Can you just imagine how a couple of waterfall-lovers like us felt just watching that waterfall for THREE days!!!! WOW!!!
This picture was taken from our deck--looking toward the waterfall.
This is a picture taken from the waterfall, looking back toward our cabin. You can see the front porch on the left and the deck on the right. AND--you can see that BIG picture-window where we could view the waterfall.
This picture was taken from the sofa --looking toward the deck. As you can see, there's another large window looking out on the deck. We had a flat-screen TV and a gas-log fireplace.
This picture was taken from the other side (where the TV is) ---looking toward the front of the house and the comfy sofa!!
The kitchen was loaded with everyone we needed. The living/dining/kitchen were all in the same room--and this worked out very well for us.
This was our bedroom.. The cabin was decorated so nicely--with great pictures, antique furniture, and comfy beds.
I just had to take a picture of this old antique dresser. I'm sure that 'antique-lovers' would love to have this piece of furniture. We also loved the hardwood flowers throughout the cabin.
This was the 2nd bedroom.. Quilt-lovers would love seeing all of the qults throughout the cabin. The cabin could easily sleep six people since the sofa was a sleeper sofa.
Hope you enjoyed my little tour of "Ed's Mill".. I truly thought I was in HEAVEN!!!!