Tennessee Trip – Part III: Jackson Falls

We left the Stoopicold show at about 8 PM, I believe. I grabbed some food with friends, and then started my drive back home. My original plan was to come back through Missouri and stop at Mark Twain National Forest, but I liked Shawnee National Forest so much, that I decided to go back to check out another area. I decided to go to Jackson Falls this time. I couldn’t really find any exact locations on Google Maps to put in my GPS, so I just clicked on a spot that I thought was close to where I wanted to go, and ended up out in the middle of nowhere at like 1 AM. I drove for what seemed like 15 minutes back into the forest on a sketchy narrow path and I was starting to think I wasn’t going to find it. I told myself at the next open area, I would turn around and sleep in the nearest town, and try to find Jackson Falls in the morning. The next area had a large sign that said Jackson Falls and I was super excited that I found it! I pulled in and made my bed and rested until sunrise.

I got up in the morning and went out for a hike to find the waterfalls. I am most definitely not familiar with the area so I had no idea where I was going. I followed a creek out to the main waterfall.

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I found the main waterfall, but couldn’t find a way to get down below. I walked along the edge of a cliff for a while and I couldn’t figure out how to get down. I found some neat rocks and caves, but ultimately decided to turn back around.

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When I got back to my car, there was another group of people having breakfast and we talked for a bit. I mentioned that I couldn’t figure out how to get down to the waterfall and they informed me that there was only one path down and I had to drive up the road a ways to get to it. I set off to see if I could find it. There had been a lot of rain in the area recently so the trail was all muddy. Nothing my trusty Subaru couldn’t handle though. It was my first real time driving one of my cars in conditions like this. All of my past cars had been lowered and only smooth road friendly. This generation Legacy was not the car I originally wanted, but after driving it that day, I became pretty solid on my choice to buy it.

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I’m excited to take my car on trips like this more in the future.

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I found the trail!

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It was a muddy walk but there were a lot of nice things to look at. I loved all the roots showing along the trail.

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Also, some nice rock formations and ferns everywhere.

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Finally I got to see the big waterfall! I loved the color of the water in the small pond below as well.

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It was around 40° on this day, but I really just wanted to jump in the water.  I had set up my camera to get a selfie, but the water was so damn cold that it just didn’t work. I jumped in, and immediately got right back out. If you really know me, you know that I hate cold water, and that I hadn’t gone swimming in around 7 years… I’m a wimp in the cold.

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I made it back to the area where I parked, and changed my clothes.

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And then I was out of there! I only stopped one more time for gas on my way home, but other than that I did the 8 hour drive straight through. When I pulled in my garage that night, my trip meter read at just under 1,700 miles for my whole trip. Pretty good distance to travel solo, and hit up all the spots that I did.

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All in all, I had a great time on this trip. I got to see a few really awesome locations for nature photos, met up with and made some new friends, and got to see rad cars and re-ignite my passion for cars. I got rid of my show car in order to get the Subaru, but after being around the builds at Stoopicold, I’m working on finding myself the right car to start working on again. More about that should be on the way soon.

Enjoy the Pics!
– Dustin

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