My February Header picture was taken on a very very cold EARLY morning walk in January which we took along the golf course. There was a tiny bit of snow on the ground that morning ---but Ole' Man Sun was gorgeous as he arose!
Showing posts with label GREENBRIAR. Show all posts
Showing posts with label GREENBRIAR. Show all posts

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Greenbriar in the Smokies

When I surprised George with his birthday trip to the Serenity Falls Cabin in Cosby, TN in March, we spent part of a day at one of our favorite places in the Smokies, the Greenbriar area. We drive on a gravel road way back into the mountains ---following beside the Little Pigeon River.

After alot of rain, this river can be a 'wild and raging river'... There aren't any waterfalls per say ---but there are some beautiful cascades all along our way. Today, I will share some of our pictures in the Greenbriar area, using our new cameras!! Above is one of the beautiful cascades. Below are more!

Seems like we took a million pictures of EACH and EVERY cascade along our way!!!!! ha ha

Here is a picture of the Greenbriar area. I'm glad that they have pull-off areas along the way for people like us to get some pictures. In Summer, the locals use this area for swimming and kayaking. There is a picnic area not far from here also.

Here's another picture of the powerful water flowing over the rocks. Aren't the colors gorgeous?

George is standing on the bridge which leads to the Ramsey Cascades Hiking Trail (which is an 8 mile round-trip hike). Several creeks join up with the Little Pigeon River along our way. This is such a gorgeous area.

Finally, here is one more picture of the Little Pigeon River as it rushes over all of the rocks. I hope you have enjoyed these pictures---and IF you ever get to the Smokies, be sure and visit the Greenbriar area.


We have some more color in our yard FINALLY this Spring. If you remember from last year, I talked about our favorite ground cover --which we have in several places throughout our yard. That ground cover is PERIWINKLE, and we love it. The tiny blue/purple flowers are beginning to bloom now and are just so pretty.

Have a great Wednesday.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Water, Anyone?????

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.