The Stinging Fork Pocket Wilderness / State Natural Area is located on the Cumberland Plateau near Spring City; the parking area is on Shut-in Gap Road 5 miles from Piney River Pocket Wilderness. The beginning of the trail starts in a clear-cut pine forest. The dead trees in this photo are not victims of a hurricane, they had been attacked by the Southern Pine Beetle during the past few years. The trail soon passes from the clear cut into a lovely forest.
This area has a beautiful waterfall, lovely cascades, and a deep sandstone gorge.