Shady Valley

May 1, 2008

Shady Valley, Tennessee has my vote over Burke's Garden for scenic. I did a fabulous bike-hike loop from one rim of the valley, down through the center where I saw one of the cranberry bogs - due to the elevation, they're left from the ice age period - see: 

I also met some cattle. 

I could see the mountain ridges surrounding the valley pastures the whole time I was riding. Then I hiked the ridge encircling the valley back to my starting point. Part of the ridge was open pastures (Osborne Farm, recently purchased and added to the AT lands) and part was woods with spring wildflowers.

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