I think Rock Creek is a good way to begin this blog. It is a gem hidden away in Unicoi County. Many don't even know it exists. Besides the picnic and camping sites (and a literal cement pond), there are lots of trails. The main walking trail through the park is well maintained, clearly marked and an easy trek. It begins to the left just past the restrooms and follows the creek to the bridge pictured above. From there, you can cross the bridge to your left and complete the bicycle loop -- another fairly easy trail which takes you through deep woods and along the tumbling Rock Creek. Signs will point the way to Rock Creek Falls (more on that later!)
Directions: From I-26 take the Erwin Main Street Exit (#36), at the end of the ramp turn east toward town and you will immediately arrive at a stop light. Turn right onto Rt. 107 and drive 1/2 mile, turn left at stop light onto Rock Creek Road (Rt. 395) -- continue on for 3.1 miles, turn left at entrance to Rock Creek Park.
Rock Creek Park is perhaps a good emblem of the little known and under-appreciated scenic and recreational areas in the region. I hope in this blog to introduce readers outside the region to this beautiful area and to encourage those who live here to get out and enjoy it!