Logo Waterfalls in the Rock Creek Gorge - 1
Cherokee National Forest, Polk Co., TN
All Text & Images:
Copyright (2017)

There are at least 11 or 12 named waterfalls in this gorge.   I visited 5 of them on this
day, walking upstream from the Clemmer south trailhead.  There was evidence that
this was another area hit by last fall's regional wildfires.

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Lower Rock Creek Falls


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1938 photo of Lower Rock Creek Falls, taken by Albert (Dutch) Roth
Roth titled this image "Thornburg Mountain Falls".
The large round boulder at brink of falls on right side is partially obscured by a
fallen tree in my photo above.   Rock Creek Falls (see below) is visible in the rear.





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Rock Creek Falls


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Rock Creek Falls


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Rock Creek Falls




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Chestnut Mountain Falls, on Rock Creek


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Chestnut Mountain Falls


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1938 photo of this waterfall, taken by Dutch Roth


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Stone amphitheatre in which Chestnut Mtn Falls sits


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A rare selfie, showing the scale of the falls


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Chestnut Mountain Falls, a different angle




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Big Bluff Falls on Laurel Branch
(Waterfall name/ID per Tennessee Landforms website.)





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Upper section of Thornburg Ridge Falls, on Laurel Branch.
(Waterfall name/ID per Tennessee Landforms website.)



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Rock slab bridge at brink of upper Thornburg Ridge Falls


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Top of Thornburg Falls' upper section showing the water flowing under the rock slab bridge.




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Burned bank along creek; evidence of this past fall's wildfires.



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