Red Fork Falls
A mother and daughter on Mother's Day, 2011.
This is the largest waterfall close to Erwin, TN, at a height of around 80 feet. It is a short hike from the road, but the walk is not for everyone. Approaching the falls entails navigating a VERY steep path that has jagged rocks, roots, wet leaves and and is generally considered a bit dangerous.
Most important advice I can give you if you are going -- make sure you have BOTH one handhold and one foothold that is solid at any one time.
Dick's Creek Falls (lower)
This one requires a couple mile hike, about a mile or so up two old (logging?) roads, a section of one being a running creekbed. Kind of neat.
Anyway, the coolest thing about the falls is that if forms a little, enclosed grotto. There's a good view from the top, looking in, and a great view from below. Got up into it as far as I could and the 9mm lens just managed to get the whole shot. Click the picture to see the large version, which shows the whole shot, side to side.
Sill Branch Falls
Sill Branch and Pine Ridge Falls are right near each other, both about 15 miles (driving) southwest of Erwin. I remember the road well because the first time I went there, I arrived only to find I had forgotten to replace the CF card in my camera, and had to go back. (Yeah -- I'm an older guy, sometimes I forget things!)
Sill Branch is a modest falls, but it is a short (1/2 mile), pleasant hike, and the falls is in a pretty location.
Pine Ridge Falls
Pine Ridge Falls is smaller, but in a more open and verdant locale. Definitely more photographic possibilities.
I was fairly soaked by the time I got a shot I was happy with :) If you look closely at the shot, you'll notice the camera lens had a couple drops on it, as well.