Frozen Head & Roan Mountain

(Petros TN)
While visiting my cousin, they took me to Frozen Head State Park for some hiking. It was overcast with some light rain off and on. However, that did make good lighting for taking photos during the morning.

Flat Fork Creek at Frozen Head SP

We went up the Panther Trail along the creek for about a half mile. There were lots of great shots, so I had to narrow them down to just a few. This rock formation above the trail looked awesome with the back lighting.

Boulder along trail at Frozen Head

We stopped our ascent at Debord Falls which had an overlook platform, and stairs down to the pool at the base. It felt like it was going to begin raining harder; so, we headed back down. And sure enough, the rains came just as we got back to the trailhead.

Debord Falls

Frozen Head was a great hiking park, but had no RV camping there. The road in the park had several bridges too narrow for RVs. The following day I headed out toward my next camp. I was fortunate to find gas for $3.01 per gallon in Knoxville on my way.

(Roan Mountain TN)
Three hours away in northeastern Tennessee was Roan Mountain State Park. When I got near, I took some back roads for a scenic drive to the campground. Winding mountain roads snaking through a gorgeous pastoral landscape may have taken longer, but was worth it to me.

Tardis at Roan Mountain State Park

This park is known for its proliferation of rhododendrons; but, I was a month too late to catch the blooms. It sets at about 3,000 feet elevation, so cool temperatures prevailed. My site backed up to the Doe River which runs through the park.

Doe River

The river is not much wider than a creek here, but had some good rapids for photos. There are lots of trails which were muddy due to recent rains. I didn’t have time to try them anyway since I was only staying over for just one night.


Foot Bridge by the Doe River

There was a trail along the other side of the river from the campground that went across this small foot bridge. It made for a nice shot. I left early the next morning heading back into North Carolina to visit another artist friend.

Camp: Frozen Head SP, Roan Mountain SP
Scene: Forest, mountains, creeks, waterfalls

5 Responses to Frozen Head & Roan Mountain

  1. Ross Macintosh July 26, 2013 at 9:18 am #

    You sure are finding beautiful places to visit! Your recent pics now have me putting Tennessee on my bucket list. Has Tennessee bean really hot & humid this time of year?

  2. J. RICHARD SECOR July 26, 2013 at 12:31 pm #

    Nice photos

  3. Pleinguy July 26, 2013 at 1:38 pm #

    Ross: Not much rain while I was there. But, they’ve had more rain than normal. Hi in mid 80s and low upper 60s; with the humidity it did feel warm. Most of my camp sites are in the shade so it was near perfect to me.

  4. Pam July 27, 2013 at 9:15 pm #

    I was fortunate enough to visit Roan Mtn. State Park while the rhododendrons were in full bloom several years before I started full-timing.

    What type of software do you use to label your pictures? I like the way the label (or title) doesn’t take away from the photo.

  5. Pleinguy July 27, 2013 at 11:47 pm #

    Pam: The frame and title on the pix is a feature of Blogger. Once you insert a picture, click on it and it will show the options. Thanks for commenting.

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