Dive Into Cummins Falls

Cummins Falls has been a popular swimming hole for locals for over a century, gaining most of its momentum among tourists in the last decade. I first learned about it in 2011 at a music festival in Cookeville, when some friends went hiking and found an easy way in. At that time it was not prohibited, but things have since changed. 

Later that year, the land was purchased by the Tennessee Parks and Greenways Foundation and it became the state park as we know it today.

North Georgia’s Anna Ruby Falls

  High up on the mountain top, Tray Mountain in this case, is one of North Georgia’s most popular locales. Anna Ruby Falls are part of the Unicoi State Park in the Chattahoochee National Forest.  My song for this entry is “High on a Mountain Top” by Loretta Lynn: The twin waterfalls mark the junction…

Seven Islands State Birding Park

In Kodak, Tennessee right off exit 402 is Seven Islands State Birding Park, a 416-acre birdwatcher’s paradise where over 200 different bird species have been spotted. The park offers around eight miles of hiking trails and hosts sporadic educational events. Dogs on leads are welcome, bikes are permitted on some trails, and the park has…