Ozone Falls

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Hubby and I recently visited the beautiful Ozone Falls in Rockwood, Tennessee (near Crossville, Tennessee).  Ozone falls is a 43-acre natural area.  The falls plunge 110 feet below into a greenish-blue rock pool.  Hubby and I went with the intention of doing some hiking but once we got there, we discovered there really wasn’t much hiking to do.  But oh, those falls!!

I LOVED THIS PLACE! 

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Ozone Falls is one of those hidden gems in Tennessee that I never knew was there despite living in Tennessee for 59 years, nearly my entire life!  The falls are just off of Interstate 40 and a quick walk from the parking area (which is not actually a parking lot but just a small pull-off area from the highway).  You can view the falls from above (careful as it’s all natural meaning NO fences, so if you have children, beware) and then if you so desire and are brave, you can climb down the steep rugged boulder-covered path to view the falls from below.  The day we visited, there were only about six other people there but hubby and I were the only ones to climb down below to the gorge area and I will say that it was very much worth it!  Some of the others (most on motorcycles) were revisiting the falls and had climbed to the bottom on previous visits.  We were glad we brought walking sticks and wore appropriate footwear!

we were grateful for having worn these when we saw the steep rock climb we had to make down to the bottom of the falls!

Did you know that Disney chose Ozone falls to film some of their scenes from the movie Jungle Book?  It was filmed in 1994.  The famous cliff scene was filmed at the top of Ozone falls.  Here’s a clip.

Some views from the top of the falls:

at the top where the cliff scene from the movie Jungle Book was filmed

Why oh why do people feel the need to leave graffiti??????

Now it’s time for the climb down to see the falls from below.  There’s no real “trail” to get to the gorge, just rocks and boulders.  It’s pretty steep in places and rugged but doable.  These are the rocks we climbed down  to get to the gorge.  And yes, we watched out for snakes!

The view from below was so beautiful!  The temperature drops quite a few degrees as you descend downward.  It was in the mid 70s outside and there was just a slight spray from the mist but it was cool and refreshing.  Tennessee summers get very hot and humid and so usually in the summer, you’ll see people swimming in the swimming hole.  It didn’t look too deep but it wasn’t quite warm enough the day we were there to do any swimming.  Hubby and I sat on a boulder down from the falls and just enjoyed the peacefulness and the roar of the falls.  I felt like I was in another world.  I could have sat on that boulder admiring the magnificent view or reading a book for hours!  The air felt so clean and clear down below.  The amount of water you will see going over the falls depends on rainfall.  It had rained a couple of days before we were there so there was a good amount of water compared to other pictures I’ve viewed.

The boulder you see in the lower right hand corner is where we sat and admired the view of the falls.

Our view from the boulder

 

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view looking behind the boulder

In all honesty, we were somewhat dreading the climb back up, but surprisingly, it was much easier climbing back up the boulder strewn path than it was going down.  And we stopped along the way to admire the scenery.

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I think this was called “Gambler’s Den”

It was an enjoyable day and we had a good day at Ozone falls.  I will definitely go back.  I love waterfalls…. they are good for the soul!

Gail

About Gail

I am a wife, mother, sister, aunt, friend, veterinarian, and wanna be writer. I love nature and animals of all kinds, music, cooking, and spending time with my family.
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4 Responses to Ozone Falls

  1. Relax... says:

    Stunning photos! Looks like a marvelous day!

  2. Oh my gosh Gail! How beautiful! Just looking at your amazing photos, it felt like a different world. I’m really glad you explained the trail down and back up. I was wondering how difficult it would be, not just going down, but the climb back up. Thanks for sharing this spot with the rest of us. 🙂

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