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Old 01-27-2013, 09:53 PM   #21
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This trail was actually a lot worse than it looked and it got even worse when it went around the bend. In the 2nd photo.... you can see a pool at the base of 1 of the larger waterfalls. What's nice about making it down that far on the trail is that you do get to take a photo of the waterfall from a different angle.
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Old 01-27-2013, 09:56 PM   #22
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My husband wants to go with me to Falls Park. Maybe sometime this spring. It is 1 of the more beautiful areas of TN.
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Old 01-28-2013, 09:54 AM   #23
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There are some beautiful spots in Tenn. In the area around Nashville are the limestone caves and waterfalls. Lots of caves were occupied prehistorically and the pictographs are still preserved in the caves.

West Tenn. the hillsides are a great place to scout for American ginseng. Ive never been able to get them to grow out of that area though. they need to be on a slope with the water draining over the limestone hillside. They like it there and no where else.
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Old 01-28-2013, 06:43 PM   #24
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We didn’t add any caves to any of our stops. I actually prefer caves to falls so I for sure woulda loved to have added a few. They’re pretty much all shut down…. WNS. We did make it to Jackson Falls though while we were driving the Natchez through TN.
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Old 01-28-2013, 06:47 PM   #25
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Jackson Falls, Waterfalls along the Natchez Trace | Natchez Trace Compact, “Jackson Falls – Named for Andrew Jackson, the falls are on the intermittent Jackson Branch that empties into Duck River. Take out your camera to capture the sparkling water against the rocks. A steep trail takes you to a clear pool at the base of these falls. You won’t want to miss seeing this waterfall! There’s a really nice spring time photos of Jackson Falls at that site.
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Old 01-28-2013, 06:50 PM   #26
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The grade getting down to the falls is steep but…. there’s a hand rail so getting there on foot is no biggie. Once down there… you can pretty much go where ever you want. This would be a great place to let kids run around like animals. The water isn’t deep and there’s plenty of space for them to just be kids. If you go a little bit too far down stream… it does get a little hairy but really not that bad. There was a sweet couple in their 80’s who made it down arm in arm…. it took them twice as long getting down and 2x as long getting back up to the parking lot but they looked none the worse for the wear. I wouldn’t bring a stroller or a wheel chair down…. there are a few areas where it’s nice being able to hang onto the railing and it’d be hard hanging onto the railing and a stroller or a wheel chair at the same time. What I liked about this falls was how large it was when we actually got down there. There’s no people in my photos for scale but if there had been…. you’d have been surprised at the expanse of the waterfall.
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Old 01-28-2013, 06:52 PM   #27
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The path down was loaded with bumble bees. I meant to go poking around to see if I could figure out which bees I’d photographed but never did get around to it, Bumblebees found in North America.
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Next stop…. Dixon Springs State Park, DNR, “Dixon Springs State Park is one of several state parks in the Illinois Shawnee Hills. The park is on a giant block of rock which was dropped 200 feet along a fault line that extends northwesterly across Pope County….The area around the park was occupied by various tribes of Algonquins who, after the Shawnee had been driven from Tennessee, settled near the mouth of the Wabash River. Dixon Springs was one of their favorite camping grounds and was called "Kitchemuske-nee-be" for the Great Medicine Waters.“ This park is very family friendly.
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When we went…. water wasn’t running in the falls but that didn’t detract from the surrounding beauty. Another little blurb, Comments and Reviews, “The entire county is hilly and during rainy weather rivulets cascade down the hills in the park forming waterfalls of varying sizes and heights.

Bold cliffs and crags overhang a bubbling brook while large boulders, overgrown with ferns, ivy, lichens, and moss, fringe the hillside. Giant century-old trees interlock above the small creek as cliffs rise on either side and huge boulders are scattered through the valley.” There were some really nice rock formations throughout the park.
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Old 01-28-2013, 07:28 PM   #30
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The area was loaded with native fruiting trees…. persimmon, red mulberry, pawpaw, walnut, hazelnut, currants, blackberries, pecans, pignuts, and elderberry. Impressive to say the least and it’s probably why the entire park is loaded with life.
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