Monday, December 8, 2014
Chimneys State Natural Area, Sewanee Natural Bridge, Buggytop Trail
Lora and I headed out for a day of exploring. We started out at the Chimneys State Natural Area in Marion County, TN.
You drive into the park and there is a circle drive. From that area you can look across at the chimneys in the Gulf. There is a unmaintained trail to the right (South) that if you follow the flagging it will bring you to a trail down into the Gulf. It is about a quarter mile. There was a old rope there to help you get back up. We did not go down, but went back to the parking area and then left (North) where there is a steep trail heading down to the base of the overlook area. From there we explored and crossed a tree laid over the creek to the Chimneys side and went up to the base of the Chimneys. There is a natural bridge connecting the two Chimneys and a small window through on as well.
From there we headed to Sewanee to check out the Natural Bridge. This is just off a side road and about fifty yards from the parking area. There is a small rock house next to it with a spring inside.
South Cumberland Recreation Area. It is a two mile trail back to a huge cave. Buggytop cave has creek flowing through it and goes quite a ways back, but you would have to travel through water to explore it. There is an overlook above the cave entrance and a trail to two more cave entrances. One was named Peter Cave. We did some exploring in and around each of the openings. It was a great day out and a lot of fun.