Over Memorial Day Weekend I desperately needed a rocks and hiking fix, so off I went to the South Cumberland State Recreation Area near Tracy City, Tennessee, with a stop by Nashville to reunite with college friends and frolic through the Tennessee Renaissance Festival. The area that includes the South Cumberland State Recreation Area falls geographically into the southern extent of the Cumberland Plateau that I explored last summer at the Red River Gorge, with steep gorges and rocky streams. Compared with the Red River Gorge, the geological layers in the Fiery Gizzard area of the South Cumberland plateau (especially the resistant sandstone cap) are thinner and don’t encourage the formation of such massive cliffs, but still create a wonderful landscape.
The trail goes from this….
… to this.
I was too busy hauling my self around 10.4 miles of trails to do any serious geologizing, but would love to come back and explore in earnest. The trail wound past shale, sandstone stacks, fossils, karst formations, waterfalls, and a coal mine too!