Just a quick update about where we are this week. The first half of the week was spent at the Douglas Dam Campground not far from the crazy town of Pigeon Forge (if you’ve never been picture miles and miles of road lined with outlet stores, hotels, and millions of signs screaming about Lumber Jack Shows, Go-Cart tracks, old-timey photographs and every other tourist attraction known to man. Then amplify whatever you just imagined by 100 times — that is Pigeon Forge).
Thankfully the campground had none of that. Just a lake, a dam, and some basic RV sites with electric and water hook-ups. We only stayed three nights, and other than walking around the campground a few times we didn’t do much. We didn’t even get out for any kayaking despite the fact that the sun made an appearance on the second day. Sometimes that’s just how is goes.
On Wednesday afternoon we moved over to Fall Creek Falls State Park. This is another great Tennessee state park with tons of hiking trails, multiple waterfalls, a small lake, and lots of other ammenties like ball fields, a swimming pool, and even an on-site restaurant.
While its 200+ sites are nowhere near full, we were surprised by the amount of RVs, and even a few tents, scattered around the loops. With temps in the 50s during the day and 30s at night this is not exactly prime camping season. Judging by the amount of guys we’ve seen outfitted in camo, and that one dude I saw with a giant bow and arrow, we suspect the popularity of the park right now has more to do with hunting season than camping season. Okay…I just looked it up. Right now it’s Muzzleloader and Archery season, and hunting is allowed in the park. Hmmm…I guess we need to wear some bright colors on our next hike.
Speaking of hikes, we did a big loop yesterday afternoon that took us past three waterfalls.
The last one was Fall Creek Falls. This 256 foot high waterfall is tallest waterfall east of the Mississippi. Considering the amount of rain that has fallen around here lately we expected it to be a bit more impressive. I guess that’s what happens when the waterflow for tallest waterfall in the east is restricted behind a dam.
We’ll be here for a few more days and plan to get out for more hikes and hopefully a kayak around the lake.