Last Saturday was a beautiful sunny winter day, perfect for a hike in the mountains.
Duke’s Creek Falls is located about two miles up Richard B Russell Parkway (Rt 348), off Alternate 75.
From start to finish, the trail is about 2.2 miles from the trailhead parking to the falls area.
There are a series of steps down from the observation platform, that lead to a wide graveled path that slopes down the many series of waterfalls that peek through along the way. Towards the end of the wide path, make a sharp right hand turn to descend down to the water. The trail is kid and pet friendly, although little ones may complain on the return route as it is all uphill.
The lower end of Duke’s Creek is a premium trout fishing site, with fishing by reservation available on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday. A variety of cottages are available for rent, with daily fishing included. For more information, click here: http://gastateparks.org/SmithgallWoods
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When it’s time to get outside and get moving, one of the best trails in White County is the Lake Trail at Unicoi State Park. It’s a beautiful 2.5 mile loop around the edge of the lake, with some short inclines and declines, a quick pass over the beach area on the lake, and creek-side benches and a playground near the gift shop. The trail is rated easy, although you do need to watch the trail for exposed tree branches in some areas. Much of the trail is under the tree canopy, so it’s a pleasant break from the summertime heat, but it can be a chillier walk during the winter months.Read More