Piney River Pocket Wilderness

Piney River Pocket Wilderness is located in Spring City, TN.
Image Number Image (Click to Enlarge)CaptionImage Viewed
1 Piney River trail sign

Piney River trail sign

Piney River trail sign 1958
2 Turn onto Hwy. 68 at Spring City and watch for the Shut-in Gap Road sign! We usually take a juice break and "pit-stop" at the near-by convenience store before hitting the trail.

Turn onto Hwy. 68 at Spring City and watch for the Shut-in Gap Road sign! We usually take a juice break and "pit-stop" at the near-by convenience store before hitting the trail.

Turn onto Hwy. 68 at Spring City and watch for the Shut-in Gap Road sign! We usually take a juice break and "pit-stop" at the near-by convenience store before hitting the trail. 1706
3 Piney River is a popular swimming area. These kids were having a great time jumping from the rocks into the water at the parking area picnic grounds.

Piney River is a popular swimming area. These kids were having a great time jumping from the rocks into the water at the parking area picnic grounds.

Piney River is a popular swimming area. These kids were having a great time jumping from the rocks into the water at the parking area picnic grounds. 1779
4 Three bridges cross the river at different
points along the trail. This is the 100'
bridge found at 3 miles from the trailhead. The Piney River Trail is located in Spring City on Hwy. 68. Turn on Shut-in Gap Road. The parking area is at a small picni...

Three bridges cross the river at different points along the trail. This is the 100' bridge found at 3 miles from the trailhead. The Piney River Trail is located in Spring City on Hwy. 68. Turn on Shut-in Gap Road. The parking area is at a small picni...

Three bridges cross the river at different points along the trail. This is the 100' bridge found at 3 miles from the trailhead. The Piney River Trail is located in Spring City on Hwy. 68. Turn on Shut-in Gap Road. The parking area is at a small picnic ground by the river. 1859
5 Piney River Trail<br><br>
This is the 100' suspension bridge at the 3-mile section of the trail. There are deep areas in the river which make wonderful swimming holes on a hot day!

Piney River Trail

This is the 100' suspension bridge at the 3-mile section of the trail. There are deep areas in the river which make wonderful swimming holes on a hot day!

Piney River Trail

This is the 100' suspension bridge at the 3-mile section of the trail. There are deep areas in the river which make wonderful swimming holes on a hot day!
1863
6 We hiked to the 100' bridge over Piney River on Oct. 30, 2008. We were astounded by the amazing reflections of the fall leaves on the surface of the water.

We hiked to the 100' bridge over Piney River on Oct. 30, 2008. We were astounded by the amazing reflections of the fall leaves on the surface of the water.

We hiked to the 100' bridge over Piney River on Oct. 30, 2008. We were astounded by the amazing reflections of the fall leaves on the surface of the water. 1402
7 I call this photo "Rippleflections". I had been taking shots of the reflection of the trees in the water, they shimmered and changed with the breezes. Then I asked Kenny to throw a rock into the water. I was delighted to get this interesting photo. I l...

I call this photo "Rippleflections". I had been taking shots of the reflection of the trees in the water, they shimmered and changed with the breezes. Then I asked Kenny to throw a rock into the water. I was delighted to get this interesting photo. I l...

I call this photo "Rippleflections". I had been taking shots of the reflection of the trees in the water, they shimmered and changed with the breezes. Then I asked Kenny to throw a rock into the water. I was delighted to get this interesting photo. I later had it enlarged to a 16" x 20" print, it was mesmerizing! 1346
8 A few seconds later, the reflections changed to this pattern!

A few seconds later, the reflections changed to this pattern!

A few seconds later, the reflections changed to this pattern! 1327
9 Piney River Trail <br><br>
McDonald Branch

Piney River Trail

McDonald Branch

Piney River Trail

McDonald Branch
1711
10 Piney River Trail<br><br>
This trail has 10 large block field crossings and numerous smaller ones in the first 3 miles!

Piney River Trail

This trail has 10 large block field crossings and numerous smaller ones in the first 3 miles!

Piney River Trail

This trail has 10 large block field crossings and numerous smaller ones in the first 3 miles!
1802
11 Piney River Trail<br><br>

Yes, this is part of the trail! Note the trail blaze on the tree!

Piney River Trail

Yes, this is part of the trail! Note the trail blaze on the tree!

Piney River Trail

Yes, this is part of the trail! Note the trail blaze on the tree!
1728
12 There were 17 Jack-in-the-Pulpit flowers blooming in this patch along the trail. I have never seen such a large number of these flowers in one place!

There were 17 Jack-in-the-Pulpit flowers blooming in this patch along the trail. I have never seen such a large number of these flowers in one place!

There were 17 Jack-in-the-Pulpit flowers blooming in this patch along the trail. I have never seen such a large number of these flowers in one place! 1977
13 A natural rock garden covered with Spring Beauties along the Piney River trail.

A natural rock garden covered with Spring Beauties along the Piney River trail.

A natural rock garden covered with Spring Beauties along the Piney River trail. 2204
14 The Flat Rock Pinic area has 4 picnic tables near the Piney River.

The Flat Rock Pinic area has 4 picnic tables near the Piney River.

The Flat Rock Pinic area has 4 picnic tables near the Piney River. 1699
15 This is the flat rock that the picnic area is named for. There must have been a bridge here at one time due to the two large concrete blocks placed on the rocks.

This is the flat rock that the picnic area is named for. There must have been a bridge here at one time due to the two large concrete blocks placed on the rocks.

This is the flat rock that the picnic area is named for. There must have been a bridge here at one time due to the two large concrete blocks placed on the rocks. 2307
16 These two trees along the trail look like Giant's feet. The trees are growing on top of solid rock. It is amazing how tenacious nature can be!

These two trees along the trail look like Giant's feet. The trees are growing on top of solid rock. It is amazing how tenacious nature can be!

These two trees along the trail look like Giant's feet. The trees are growing on top of solid rock. It is amazing how tenacious nature can be! 1705
17 The sandstone on the Cumberland Plateau often splits into flat sheets like these.

The sandstone on the Cumberland Plateau often splits into flat sheets like these.

The sandstone on the Cumberland Plateau often splits into flat sheets like these. 2602
18 Piney River Shadows<br><br>

Piney River Shadows

Piney River Shadows

1602
19 The water is so clear in Piney River it is possible to watch the fish such as these Hogsuckers.

The water is so clear in Piney River it is possible to watch the fish such as these Hogsuckers.

The water is so clear in Piney River it is possible to watch the fish such as these Hogsuckers. 1533
20 There are different species in Piney River  like thse Bluegill. I also saw a trout.

There are different species in Piney River like thse Bluegill. I also saw a trout.

There are different species in Piney River like thse Bluegill. I also saw a trout. 1661
21 "Fall is Looking Up"

"Fall is Looking Up"

"Fall is Looking Up" 1253
22 These huge leaves had fallen from a Frasier Magnolia.

These huge leaves had fallen from a Frasier Magnolia.

These huge leaves had fallen from a Frasier Magnolia. 1386
23 There is a spur trail called the Overlook trail. At the top there are many huge boulders like this one. A little farther down the trail you can climb up a steep ladder to the top of a rock outcropping for a breathtaking (in both difficulty and the view...

There is a spur trail called the Overlook trail. At the top there are many huge boulders like this one. A little farther down the trail you can climb up a steep ladder to the top of a rock outcropping for a breathtaking (in both difficulty and the view...

There is a spur trail called the Overlook trail. At the top there are many huge boulders like this one. A little farther down the trail you can climb up a steep ladder to the top of a rock outcropping for a breathtaking (in both difficulty and the view!) view of the river valley below. It is even more spectacular in the fall! 1340
24 I told you it was steep!

I told you it was steep!

I told you it was steep! 1578
25 The view from the Piney River Overlook. The fence is gaudy, but necessary, a fall here would be fatal.

The view from the Piney River Overlook. The fence is gaudy, but necessary, a fall here would be fatal.

The view from the Piney River Overlook. The fence is gaudy, but necessary, a fall here would be fatal. 1779
26 Kenny is climbing down the ladder from the Piney River Overlook. It can be quite tricky with a backpack!

Kenny is climbing down the ladder from the Piney River Overlook. It can be quite tricky with a backpack!

Kenny is climbing down the ladder from the Piney River Overlook. It can be quite tricky with a backpack! 1584

Adsense