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Hidden Treasures: Public Forests

Yellow Branch Falls

Here, we outline a multitude of gorgeous spots off the beaten path in our national forests.

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Hidden Treasures #6: South Carolina

Yellow Branch Falls

Waterfalls abound in the Andrew Pickens Ranger District of Sumter National Forest.

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The Hidden Gem of Rocky Fork

This moderately strenuous hike through the mountains of eastern Tennessee follows an old logging trail to the 100-foot Big Falls on Lower Higgens Creek. Several creek crossings and caves mark the remainder of the path to Birchfield Camp Lake.

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Camp Creek: Gateway to West Virginia Wonders

Visitors can reach Mash Fork Waterfalls by an easily accessible route or a challenging hike. Photo courtesy WVExplorer.com

Just two miles away from busy Interstate 77, visitors to West Virginia’s Camp Creek State Park trade the hum of passing traffic for birdsong and the rushing chatter of waterfalls.

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A Waterfall and a View at Bad Branch State Nature Preserve

By Dana Kuhnline Bad Branch Falls near Whitesburg, Ky., was one of the first hikes I experienced when I moved to Appalachia almost 10 years ago. I happened to be chaperoning two vans full of at-risk teenagers on a weekend

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