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Backpacker Magazine – September 2012

From the Field: East

Our trail scouts' top local hikes

by: Sarah L. Stewart

Table Rock (Pat and Chuck Blackley)
Table Rock (Pat and Chuck Blackley)
Look for Loons on Chase Lake (Tom and Pat Leeson)
Look for Loons on Chase Lake (Tom and Pat Leeson)

Walls of Jericho, Skyline WMA, AL/TN
Kelly Stewart, Nashville, TN

Bring water shoes for creek crossings and wading on this descent into a 200-foot-deep, hardwood-shaded limestone amphitheater. Take the .5-mile Mill Creek spur at mile 1.3 to a 10-foot-wide seep hole spraying water into the creek below. “It’s the smaller of the hike’s two blowholes, but it’s more impressive because of its tighter circumference,” Stewart says. “The water shoots out straight like a firehose.” Continue two miles to the intimate amphitheater, where Turkey Creek forms a 35-foot waterfall; the sloped entrance to the mellower blowhole doubles as a slide. Trip ID 334808

“Hike two days after a rain for best trail and falls conditions.”




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