Thursday, July 14, 2011

Tate's Secret

In a place where a raindrop falls in one state and splashes in another, a stream's momentum is reserved for the fortunate.
Denton Branch Falls is hidden in a forest so thick that the light of the sun needs permission to enter.
Near Tate City, population about 30, in the mountains along the Georgia-North Carolina border, a hike of less than a mile draws visitors along a logging road, across Denton Creek and uphill alongside smaller, yet scenic, cascades.
The creek drops about 25 feet when it encounters a rock wall.
Hikers need to plan for moisture, including mud, wading in a creek and deciding which state the inevitable rain is coming from.

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