2018/04/13

Waterfalls and Wildflowers at Standing Stone

Standing Stone map, Overton County, Tennessee
Standing Stone is an area named for the monolith that once stood in Monterey. (Sadly, little remains of the original monolith.) The area consists of a state park, state forest, and a wildlife management area.

I spent several days over the last week exploring Standing Stone trying to catch wildflowers in their prime. My timing was excellent and the showing of wildflowers was as well. After a few hours of exploration I noted that the Chattanooga shale exposed in the park often produced nice cascades and waterfalls. Unfortunately, most were ephemeral features. On a hunch I ended up walking up Bryans Creek and found the most beautiful undescribed 35' waterfall. 

Bryans Fork Falls, Standing Stone SF & WMA, Overton County, Tennessee 7 Bryans Fork Falls, Standing Stone SF & WMA, Overton County, Tennessee 6

Previous to my documentation of Bryans Creek Falls, I had bumbled around with my friends Kurt Heischmidt and Haley Dickson. We visited OV440 (a cave whose name I feel best to withhold), and a few other interesting features.

Kurt Heischmidt, Haley DIckson, Mill Creek Cave, Standing Stone State Forest & WMA, Overton County, Tennessee Unnamed cascade, Standing Stone State Forest & WMA, Overton County, Tennessee 2 Dock, Standing Stone Lake,Standing Stone State Park, Overton County, Tennessee Kurt Heischmidt, OV440, Standing Stone State Forest & WMA, Overton County, Tennessee 1 OV440, Standing Stone State Forest & WMA, Overton County, Tennessee 4 Low head dam on Bryans Fork, Standing Stone State Forest & WMA, Overton County, Tennessee 3 Grave Flower Cascade, Standing Stone State Park, Overton County, Tennessee 1 Grave Flower Cascade, Standing Stone State Park, Overton County, Tennessee 4

Then there were the wildflowers. Five species of trillium, and plenty of other flowers certainly made the trip worthwhile.

Silene virginica, Standing Stone State Park, Overton County, Tennessee 1 Phlox divaricata, Standing Stone State Park, Overton County, Tennessee Delphinium tricorne, Standing Stone State Park, Overton County, Tennessee Trillim luteum, Standing Stone State Park, Overton County, Tennessee Trillium grandiflorum, Standing Stone State Park, Overton County, Tennessee Trillium georgianum, Standing Stone State Park, Overton County, Tennessee Trillium recurvatum, Standing Stone State Park, Overton County, Tennessee Trillium erectum, Standing Stone State Park, Overton County, Tennessee

1 comment:

Unknown said...

Bryan,
I just spent the weekend at Standing Stone State Park and hiked the Lake Trail and Jordan and Cabin spur trails. My friend and I also explored the abandoned camp loop and wanted to find the waterfall you wrote about it. We went off the beaten path and followed Bryan's Fork Creek on the right side of the mountain and not the wide path that leads upward to the left after you cross the man-made structure from the pull-off on the road past the Lake Trail crossing across the creek. Could you share the path you took to locate the waterfall and the cave you found. Were we in the right spot to find the 35-foot waterfall?
Thank you so much!