My brother and I decided to hike at Black Mountain here in Crossville last week. It was a beautiful Spring day, a great day for hiking. Our first stop was an overlook. While it remains a little brown around that area, it is still very beautiful!
We left the overlook and proceeded down the trail. But, like most places in Tennessee, it is not very well marked. When we got to the end of the path, we could choose “Main Trail” or “Loop Trail.” I wished at that point I had looked closer at the map at the beginning of the hiking trail. haha! We chose the main trail.
We headed down stairs made from rock and covered by Mother Nature in tree leaves. Once down the steps, we proceeded down a winding trail going down the side of a mountain. I remember saying that I sure hoped we didn’t have to go back up the way we were coming down. I would end up eating those words and finding out just how out of shape I am as we discovered we “couldn’t get there from here.” Argh! I was never so happy to see the top again!
We stepped just a few feet from the trail and came upon this giant hole in the ground. Scary! If you aren’t looking, then you could easily fall down there.
Now, I love to hike and it was a fun adventure. But, because I was exhausted from our little side adventure, we did not get to find the Windlass Cave or the second overlook. Oh well, we have a good excuse to go back another day. (Note to self …. take the loop trail!)
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