After my last trip to Elk Falls (Big Falls) and Jones Falls on 4-18-10 without my good camera which ended up with inferior pics, I was determined to go back as soon as I could and hopefully on a cloudy day. That day finally came this past Saturday and although it wasn’t as cloudy as I would have liked it to be, the sun was not as intense as before so I was able to get better pics. It was unusually hot as a major storm front that was causing unprecedented flooding in the Nashville area was pumping the hot gulf air into our area. Bol’Dar did not attend this waterfall frenzy hike so my girlfriend Linda, and Daisy the dog decided to accompany me. After a fairly early start of 10 ish AM, we arrived at Elk River Falls around 11 AM. The first thing we seen was two anglers proudly toting some very nice trout they had caught that morning. Oh how I wish I would be having that for lunch! The next interesting thing we saw was a Copperhead snake hunting around in the flood debris at the base of the falls near some butterflies. It was the same place my son Tyler had walked all over on our last trip !
I finally found the Green Mile trail. Located on the South side of Cherokee Mountain across from the parking lot for the ORV (Off Road Vehicle) trail (located on the Buffalo mountain side) on Dry Creek road. A short distance behind the gated forest service road (# 53522) you will see it leading off to your left. This used to be an open field that was clear cut over 25 yrs ago. I remember riding motorcycles and bird hunting there. It has grown back into a very nice forest with a great hiking trail.
You can come back out on the paved road (left) or take another trail to the top of the mountain (right) and back to the forest road for a nice loop. I forsee this being my new exercise trail since it is so close to my house.