When neither Steve nor I have work, family plans, gigs, events, or otherwise on the weekends, we like to dedicate an entire day to discovering. Sunday has become our day of adventure. Last Sunday we drove East on Highway 40, about halfway to Knoxville, to visit Cummins Falls State Park. This had been something I’d been wanting to see ever since I starting seeing photos of the beautiful swimming hole and waterfall plastered all over social media.
The weather was perfect that morning, so we loaded up the car with a cooler of sandwiches and water, put on our hiking shoes, and were on our way. We hiked the 1.6 miles from the parking lot to the falls and were excited to see that it wasn’t a simple trail hike. There were quite a few parts of the journey that required climbing, walking through the river, and jumping from rock to rock. It was 100% worth the hike, especially when we got to see this view:
It was challenging to not trip over stones every time we looked up to take in the view. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing and I kept saying to myself “this is so amazing.”
We had such a great time visiting the falls. The hike back to our car was a bit more strenuous, including some up-hill climbs and stairs, but when we got back to our parking spot we felt accomplished. We ate our packed lunches, aired out our wet shoes, and eventually headed back to Nashville for a much needed nap.
It was a memorable day that I will always cherish. Steve and I had such a fantastic experience and are already looking forward to our next trip to Cummins Falls.
Hope you all have a great 4th of July! I’m super excited to be heading up to Michigan after work today to see friends and family on the lake.