Gold Rush

Lau­rel-Snow State Nat­u­ral Area, Ten­nessee

Backpacker - - PLAY LIST - BY HEATHER BALOGH ROCHFORT

I scan down the bridge to where the path dis­ap­pears into a pal­ette of warm reds, or­anges, and yel­lows. It’s the sort of scene that would cause a bumper-to­bumper jam on the scenic roads, but I’ve got this one to my­self. I’ve barely left the trail­head, and al­ready the Lau­rel-Snow re­veals its se­crets in the gums, oaks, and maples that fan out in ei­ther di­rec­tion of Prairie Creek. Bet­ter yet: Those hard­woods hide lime­stone caves and year-round wa­ter­falls. And I only have to go an­other 2 miles to see it all. I tighten my pack straps and keep walk­ing. It’s time to see what’s on the other side.

Lime­stone out­crop­ping on the Cum­ber­land Trail

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