Winter Waterfall Wander

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Hike MoCo’s Winter Waterfall Wander

by George Hawver

 

Hike MoCo has organized their inaugural Winter Waterfall Wander to explore and highlight the region’s many waterfalls that are at higher levels in the winter following rain and snowfall.  Despite the cooler temperatures, winter is an excellent time to get out and hike.  Hikers who avoid the trails during the warmer summer months love getting out on the trails in the winter where day hikes can begin with snow, icicles and subfreezing temperatures and lead to outstanding views of surging waterfalls and icy surroundings.  The bare trees also allow for different views that are sometimes obscured by leaves in the spring and summer.  Snowfall is usually moderate and doesn’t stay around too long and is the perfect backdrop for many outdoor activities and provides plenty of photographic opportunities and memories to last a lifetime.  Sturdy shoes, warm clothes, and spikes are recommended as the area around waterfalls are typically icy and treacherous.  Hikers should bring plenty of water and trail snacks.  The organizers will be serving hot chocolate (and/or spiced cider) following the hike.  

Piney Falls - 1st Hike- Erin Howard
 

The first hike in the series was January 22 to Piney Falls and Stinging Fork Falls.  Subsequent hikes and their destinations are February 5 to Upper and Lower Melton Mill Branch Falls at Obed Wild and Scenic River with an option to also hike the Point Trail; February 19 to Debord and Emory Gap Falls at Frozen Head State Park and March 5 to Walls of Jericho in Walls of Jericho State Natural Area.  For more information or to register (free), visit the Hike MoCo Facebook Page.

 

After the leaves and temperatures drop in Morgan County, Tennessee, there are still plenty of opportunities to get out and experience the natural wonders of our beautiful county.  Or, if you desire relaxation and unplugging from the world for awhile, we’ve got you covered too!

 

For the outdoor enthusiast, winter conditions modify the experiences visitors and locals love about Morgan County.  Creeks and rivers that meander through the county during the drier summer months swell with higher flows from rain and snow and give paddlers outstanding opportunities to navigate the free-flowing waterways over rapids and waterfalls.  Nearby Daddy’s Creek is an international destination  when paddlers come from all over the world to paddle while the waterways of the Obed Wild and Scenic River are at their highest levels in January and February. 

 

Hikers who avoid the trails during the warmer summer months love getting out on the trails in the winter where day hikes can begin with snow, icicles and subfreezing temperatures and end with outstanding views of surging waterfalls and warm, beautiful sunsets.  The bare trees also allow for different views that are sometimes obscured by leaves in the spring and summer.  Snowfall in the county is usually moderate and doesn’t stay around too long and is the perfect backdrop for many outdoor activities and provides plenty of photographic opportunities and memories to last a lifetime.