Did somebody say there was a drought in the Southeast?

Caney Fork River

This ain’t no creek bed.

This is the Caney Fork River at Virgin Falls Pocket Wilderness. As Wikipedia puts it:

The Caney Fork River is one of the major streams draining the Cumberland Plateau region of Tennessee and a major tributary of the Cumberland River system.

But on a recent backpacking trip we discovered there wasn’t a drop of water to be found.

Fortunately, the falls had a trickle of water. The source of this water is a cave. The water plunges more than 100 feet, then drops into another cave.

So how much water is normally in the river? Well, even in late summer there’s usually plenty of water. To give just an idea of that, the spot where I took this photo is a swimming hole, complete with rope swing.

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One Response to Did somebody say there was a drought in the Southeast?

  1. Jason says:

    looks kinda dry huh!

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