We hiked the Rock Creek Gorge Scenic Spur on the trail and then off trailed it the rest of the way. The majority of our plans worked out fine. Only one part did not and that was the upper gorge beyond Chestnut Mountain Falls. That will be a separate trip.
earlier this winter i did the Rock Creek Gorge CT section and found it rather boring. i had that on the brain as i was flippin through your photos thinkin 'wow, i missed a lot!'
...must be several Rock Creek Gorges.
lovely photos, MM. thank you for sharing. my wife and i spent some time over that aways this past summer... floated the Ocoee and drove up to the Dome the next day to do the short hike down to Benton Falls. i tried to talk her into doing the bottom-up approach but we ended-up taking the easier route. so, do the trails coming up from the bottom not go by the falls?
Ashe, this trail is the one that starts down there across from Parksville Lake near the swimming beach/picnic area. This is the Rock Creek Scenic Spur Trail #67 on the Tellico Ocoee Rivers Trails Illustrated map. It is on a maintained trail for most of the way and is quite easy. You'd both find it a piece of cake. The off trail part begins at the main falls which are really impressive. Chestnut Mtn Falls is the one Mark Morrison calls "Secret Falls" in his guidebook. Its a pretty hike in May when the flame azaleas frame the falls. Chestnut Mtn Falls is too hemmed in by rock walls and water and steep sheer bluffs to do anything with it far as getting above it from that point.
There is supposed to be more waterfalls below Benton Falls, but I've never seen but one photo of any of them. That was taken by Dutch Roth back in 1930! Upon studying the map I think I see why! Now hell......
That is some steep terrain. We'll go again and attempt it from the trails above. Either come down from Benton Falls creek crawl style or try to access the stream from one of the side trails. I think I see a way it can be done.
Famous last words. pffft! :-P
To answer your question.... the trails coming up from the bottom would take you to the falls. Clemmer Cove on the left heading upstream..... flanks the Scenic Spur in the left.
Thanks! What a nice compliment. We are fortunate to live in a beautiful area and healthy enough to get to these spots. That musician is electric fiddler......... Geoffrey Castle and the song is "Darwin". I really like his music. I did not understand how he does what he does until my nephew Casey started doing it. Its called "looping" and you play something and the system stores it and then you play something else and by using foot pedals as controls you can play all the parts by "looping" back. It is amazing. It takes tremendous skill to do it. Technology is truly unbelievable in what it permits!
You're welcome. Thank you for taking time to check them out and comment. It is a very neat place. Seems like you have a family. I saw a whole passel of kids with two adult men while there. All were having a grand time!