Falling For the Tennessee Outdoors

I grew up in Tennessee, even lived here until I was 33 years old, but coming back to spend some time as a traveler has given me a different perspective on this great state.

A decade ago I knew nothing about letterboxing and the fun you could have searching for hidden treasures all across the globe. This past week, we letterboxed our way through Stones River National Battlefield and a hidden cemetery in Manchester, TN. I even wrangled a box from beneath a snake. That last picture is my victory celebration.

We took a muddy trail ride through Cedars of Lebanon State Park and hiked our way to Jackson’s Cave.

But the highlight of the week absolutely had to have been our day-trip to Rutledge Falls. This ice-cold swimming hole and 30 ft. waterfall is spectacular. Located on private property, the only directions we could get were to “find the Baptist Church and look for the sign on the split rail fence”. A few other folks came down the steep path to the falls to picnic or swim while we were there but for the most part, it was like having a piece of paradise all to ourselves.


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