Bristol, TN – Rooster Front Park

Here is my 2nd late post from our February snowfalls. With the temperature falling down below zero, we were wondering what the waterfall and lake looked like at Steele Creek. We parked at Rooster Front Park and headed for the lake. It was still pretty cold today, so we only walked about 1 mile round trip.

And I can tell you, we were not disappointed. The waterfall wasn’t as frozen as I thought it would be. But, the lake was pretty much completely covered in snow and ice. That was a sight that you don’t see around here very often.

We are at Rooster Front and Steele Creek Park quite often snapping photos. For lots of other photos, search the internet by “ranger annette rooster front” or “ranger annette steele creek”.

Here are a few photos from our short walk today.

Address for GPS to Rooster Front parking: 1160 Vance Drive, Bristol, TN


Snowy walk along the creek towards the waterfall and lake



Quite a bit of ice to the left of the waterfall


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Taken from the trail above the waterfall


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Our first view of the lake. We were pretty amazed.


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Looking across the lake right above the dam



At Home – February Snowfalls

I know. Spring is in the air, and I am just now posting a few snowfall photos from February. I’m only about 6 weeks behind on my blog now. I had fallen behind almost 3 months. Hope to completely catch up soon. Just a warning, Spring lovers. My next 2 posts are going to involve snow too. Took a couple of walks that I will share photos from.

But, back in February, we had 3 bouts of snow within 1 week, and some frigid temperatures. I decided that I was just going to work from home during this time. Every morning I would get out about an hour before I started work, and walk around our property and take photos.

Here are a few photos from home from that week.


View of the snow falling from our front porch



Flakes were getting pretty big by the barn



You can see a couple of the walking trails on our property that we maintain



Carefully trekking back up the driveway



The old tractor in the snow



This is another day. Yes, I’m going out to take photographs and it’s “0” degrees


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Just leaving the house in our zero degree weather. Needless to say, I wasn’t out long.



Jonesborough, TN – Persimmon Ridge Park

Persimmon Ridge Park has hiking trails, campground, playground, basketball court, ball field, and disc golf. This is also where Wetlands Water Park is located. To me, the best place to pick up the hiking trails is on the other side of the water park.

We hiked 2 trails today. We hiked John’s Trail and Luke’s Trail. We saw Walter’s Trail, but it went up into the woods and was very muddy. Bypassed that one. I also read that there is a Browning Trail, but never saw a sign for it.

From the parking area, we walked to the right of the picnic shelter and took the boardwalk path. After maybe 1/10 of a mile, you come to where you have to go left or right. I believe this is John’s Trail. I’ve seen on the internet that this trail is recorded as 7/10 of a mile long, and I’ve also seen that it’s 1 mile long. It doesn’t look very steep at all as you start walking on this pathway to the right. But, it does get your heart pumping. You eventually come to the end where you go right or left. We took off to the left. This takes you to the water tower. On the way up, you get a slight view of the mountains through the bushes. Probably can’t see the mountains when the leaves are on the bushes. Again, a little of a heart pumper. We then headed back down the hill, but didn’t turn right and head back the way we came from. We continued straight which brings you almost out to the highway. Before arriving at the highway, you make a u-turn and walk by a tiny creek and come to a ball field. At this point we are ready to check out Luke’s Trail. We took off towards the water park, and took a paved trail behind it back to the picnic shelter beside of the boardwalk. We took the boardwalk again, but when we got to the end this time, we turned left. It’s a very short walk to a boardwalk that takes you to the left. This is Luke’s trail.

I’ve seen on the internet that Luke’s Trail is 7/10 of a mile long. I’ve seen that it’s 1.3 miles long. This is a huffer and a puffer. After you cross the bridge, you head up and up. You come to where the power lines cross, and you have a great view of the mountains on one side. On the other side, you have a view of the parking area and you can see John’s Trail on the hill on the other side. Are you done huffing and puffing if you continue on? Oh, no. You have a bit to go. You eventually get to the top. Feels like forever. You soon head down the other side that has switchbacks. It wasn’t bad going down. We did come to one spot where it was a little tricky with the footing. But, we were careful and eventually made it to the bottom. We came out at a playground. We then walked out to the road that goes back up to the water park, took a left onto the paved path that goes behind the water park, and finally to the car.

Here  are a few photos from today.

Address for GPS: 1523 Persimmon Ridge Road, Jonesborough, TN


Boardwalk and creek



We’ve turned right off of the boardwalk onto John’s Trail. Looks pretty flat, but up ahead you huff and puff some.



We’ve just made a u-turn and are now headed up to the water tower



At one spot, we captured this view of the mountains



On the way to water tower. Looks like someone’s hunting tree stand.



We’re almost to the water tower



As we’re headed back down, captured this view of parking area and water park


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As we’re heading back towards the water park to walk Luke’s Trail, you have this pretty land, that actually holds a disc golf course


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Steve coming up the walkway behind the water park


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Boardwalk trailhead for Luke’s Trail


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You can barely see the trail, but it’s up, up, up, here


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At the gap where the power lines cross. View of the mountains.


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And you turn around, and have this view back towards John’s Trail




Elizabethton, TN – Tweetsie Trail (Lions Field to Osborne Road)

Today was a Saturday. Can’t quite remember why we stuck so close to home today. But, we hadn’t walked any with my sister and her husband in a good while. So, we met up early afternoon and took a walk on the Tweetsie Trail. I thought I had posted photos of this section since the trail was officially completed, but couldn’t find that I had.

We hadn’t seen a beautiful day like this is a while. It was sunny and in the mid 50’s. There were alot of people out on the Tweetsie today. We met up at Lions Field and took off heading towards Johnson City. We walked to Osborne Road and turned around. If I remember correctly, it may have been about 4 miles round trip.

Noticed right off that since we had last walked this section, that there have been quite a few benches placed along the trail. Soon after hitting the trail, you cross the first bridge that crosses Buffalo Creek. This section of the trail has some pretty farmland. You’ll come across a couple of farms that have horses. If you like to photograph barns, there are a few to photograph on this section. Eventually on your left you’ll see that a bridge has been built across the creek. If you’re hungry, you can walk down the bank where stone tiles have been placed to help you get down to the bridge, and walk over and have a barbecue lunch at Smokehouse Barbecue. Continue on from here and eventually you will reach the quarry where there is a little lake. Next, you’ll come to “Milligan Depot”. You have some nice views of farmland and mountains in the background. There is a shaded bench here if you need to rest. We headed on to Osborne Road, then turned around and headed back to the car. As we were heading back to the car, we heard some ruckus over the bank at one point. Walked over to the edge and there were chickens, roosters, and guineas just walking along. Got a few photos of those. We took several photos but only one turned out halfway decent.

So, here are a few photos from today. Got some photos too of the twins this week, so of course have to post those.

Address for GPS (Lions Field Parking): Couldn’t find an exact address for Lions Field. Just put “Lions Field Elizabethton TN” into Google Maps, and you can get directions that way.


A couple of the new benches like you will see all along the trail now. And of course, Steve waiting on me to catch up.



My sister and her husband posing on the bridge crossing Buffalo Creek



A few horses from the little farm immediately on the right



The new bridge over to Smokehouse Barbecue



Lots of people on the trail today. No wonder. When is the last time we saw weather in the 50’s?



Farmland barn


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Little lake at the quarry


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A muddy pond on some farmland. There were some cows over to the left.


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A guinea down over the bank



Happy Eli. Walks around now by holding onto things.



A cute little Sawyer pose





Bristol, TN – South Holston Dam New Trails – Emmet and Tailwater Trails

I was doing some research on the internet about trails, and was surprised to find out that there were a couple of trails that I was not familiar with near the South Holston Dam area. We had pretty recently been in that area and hadn’t noticed any trails. They were that new. We had been taking some photos not long ago in this area, and now there is a trailhead.

First, there is the new trail called Emmett Trail which is 2.2 miles round trip. If you are familiar with the South Holston Dam area, as you are taking Emmett Road towards the dam, Emmet Trail is located in the paved parking lot to the right just before you cross the bridge where you can see Weir Dam on your left.  You shoot up a hill and down the other side and walk pretty close to the river for a ways. After a rain, I can tell you that the trail is kind of muddy. The trail eventually turns to the right away from the river and across a field. When the trail shot off across the field, we were thinking that we probably wouldn’t find any photo opportunities, so we decided to turn around and check out Tailwater Trail. I’d say round trip on Emmett Trail that we walked was around 1.5 miles.

So, over to Tailwater Trail which is 1 mile round trip. We hopped in the truck and crossed the bridge. We took the left into the parking lot just across the bridge. To get to the trailhead, you take the pathway under the bridge. At first we thought that it was going to be a great trail (minus the mud) because the trail started out very nice with gravel placed on it. We walked about 1/10 of a mile, and no more gravel. This entire 1/2 mile trail goes along the other side of the river. When you get to the 1/2 mile point (which is how long the sign says the trail is), I saw that the trail went a little further up ahead and curved left up into the woods. With as muddy as it was, we decided it wasn’t a good idea to see how far the trail really went. We’ll wait and go back when we know it’s going to be a dry walk.

Here is a map showing the new trails.

And here are a few photos from today.

Address for GPS: Unfortunately I am unable to find an actual address. Go to Google Maps. Put “Osceola Island Sullivan County TN” into your search. Get the directions to Osceola. When you are on Holston View Dam Rd, you are going to come to the big river bridge. Before crossing the bridge, park in the paved parking area on your right. You’ll see the Emmet Trail trailhead up on the hill. Easy instructions above in my post of how to get from Emmett Trail to Tailwater Trail.


The sign at both Emmett and Tailwater trailheads


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The paved parking area prior to crossing the bridge on Holston View Dam Rd. This is where you park for the trailhead for Emmett Trail.


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Emmett Trail trailhead


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Walking along the river on Emmett Trail


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Emmett Trail. River is to our left.


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Steve getting ready to cross a new little bridge


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Now we’re on the other side of the river, getting ready to check out Tailwaters Trail. You can see the board up ahead at the trailhead.


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We’ve just crossed under the bridge. As you see across the river, that is the paved parking area for Emmett Trail.


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We were thinking this was going to be a pleasant walk. No mud. This gravel trail doesn’t last long.


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A view of the river from the other side


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You come to a spot where there’s a nice view of Holston Mountain. Still some snow up there.


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A new bridge on Tailwaters Trail


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We’re at 1/2 mile. The sign at the trailhead states that this trail is only 1/2 mile. Up ahead we see that the trail curves up to the left. But, it’s muddy and slippery today. We’ll go further another day.




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