Also known as Mine 18, the Blue Heron Mining Camp is a unique experience for visitors to walk around a former coal mine, explore some of the production buildings, and walk across a towering bridge over a river. It’s an exciting way to spend a few hours or the entire day if you include wading […]

A gentle breeze blows through the open air cars as the diesel-electric locomotive slowly made its way along the Kentucky & Tennessee Railroad. It’s slow going through the lush forest with views of a stream nearby. A little less than an hour after leaving the station in Stearns, Kentucky we arrive at our destination: the […]

Cumberland Falls is one of the most popular waterfalls along the Cumberland Plateau in Kentucky and features several overlooks, hiking trails, and events for the “Niagara of the South”.

Mention the Blue Ridge Parkway to anyone and I bet the first image they have in their head is the Mabry Mill. This decades-old grist mill is one of the most iconic locations on the Parkway and one of the most visited sites year-round. But there is so much more to do than just snap […]

I was out for a scenic drive through Tennessee one morning with no real destination in mind, and I was getting hungry. A quick search on Yelp pointed me toward the Harrow Road Cafe with great reviews and appetizing photos of the food. It was during lunch my waitress asked, “Are you going to tour […]

The Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area is big on scenic overlooks. They are scattered throughout the region between North Tennessee and Southeast Kentucky. But of all the overlooks perhaps the easiest the access with the best view is the East Rim Overlook near Oneida, Tennessee. After a short drive and even shorter […]

Throughout the vastness of the Big South Fork National Recreation Area (spread across Tennessee and Kentucky) you can find just about any type of outdoor activity you could enjoy: hiking, camping, kayaking, white water rafting, horseback riding, and beautiful scenic overlooks. But if you get tired of all the strenuous activities or if you’re just […]

Every year people write lists of resolutions as part of the New Year celebration. Items on the list include weight loss, change in habits, emotions, social lives, and spending patterns. But I decided to write a list for photographers. What exactly would make a good list of resolutions for any photographer? Well, here is a […]

Located inside Grayson Highlands State Park, the Wilson Creek Trail meanders along the creek and several cascading waterfalls, overlooks, and swimming holes.

I was driving along the peaceful Myrtle Avenue on Pawleys Island, looking out across the marshes behind the island, counting as I passed one dock after another. Suddenly out of nowhere I caught sight of a brilliant white chapel extending out over the water and surrounded by sweetgrass. The Pawley’s Island Chapel has been on […]

Along the Appalachian Trail near Watauga Lake, Laurel Fork Falls is a stunning waterfall to view but the hike to get there is gonna challenge your fitness.