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Ozone Falls

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 Illustration of Ozone Falls

Illustration of Ozone Falls

Tennessee is full of amazing waterfalls, and I'm making it a mission to see as many as I can. Last weekend Gina and I checked out Ozone Falls. Ozone Falls is a 43-acre natural area located in Crossville, Tennessee, very close to Interstate 40. The waterfall is not difficult to find and can actually be seen from the road. A short walk will get you to the summit of the falls. If you have the courage you can step right up to the ledge and take a peek over. Ozone Falls descends an impressive 110 feet into a beautiful pool of blue-green water. There are no barriers surrounding the river which makes for some great photo opps, but be very careful. Wet rocks are slippery and this can be a dangerous area, so please use caution!! Gina is always more fearless around heights than I am, so quite literally, she kept me on edge.

The hike down to the base of the falls is short, but some parts are steep and strenuous. The first part is not too difficult, and there is a good viewpoint about halfway down if you don't want to attempt the steeper bottom trek. Along the way there are some cool shallow caves and overhangs. One of the caves was once used for gambling, so don't forget your cards. One of the great things about this park is it's many vantage points for photography. I read that Ozone Falls was used for filming scenes in the movie "Jungle Book" and I'm not surprised. When it comes to picturesque views, Ozone Falls doesn't just have the "bear necessity"! You will definitely want to bring your camera!

If you hike a little further down the river you will see some wonderful small falls and rolling water. This area is truly beautiful and there are plenty of places to sit and take in the sites. There are also some large rocks down river that are very cool to explore. One of my favorite ventures was through a split in a large rock. The split was just wide enough to squeeze through, and at the end there was a small stream of water flowing under the rock. There are so many amazing areas to explore that it feels like you are discovering a new world. I highly recommend checking out Ozone Falls, and keep an eye open for other Tennessee treasures. Tennessee has a lot to offer.

For more info on Ozone Falls visit  https://www.tn.gov/environment/article/na-na-ozone-falls

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