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Ozone Falls

This shot was taken using a NIKON D5000 at ISO 200, f/22, for 1/10sec

Just off to the side of US-70 in Cumberland County, Tennessee in the Ozone Falls State Natural Area, you will find a very short (roughly 100 yards) trail that leads to the top of this 110’ waterfall.

That’s the easy part! Getting down to the bottom is not for the faint at heart. After visiting the top of the falls, you will then need to proceed across the top of the ridge and then take a steep, rocky path down to the bottom of the falls.

Ozone falls is unlike most waterfalls that are around East Tennessee. This is one of the few that you are able to walk behind and around the falls, but it’s beauty is best admired from head on, across the pool of water.

When Jerry Denham and I arrived at the bottom of Ozone Falls, we both commented on how green the water was and I feel that this photo helps to accentuate that fact.

One issue that we encountered while taking shots from this location was the mist that was blowing right into our lenses. After every shot, we would need to wipe our lenses and shoot again.

This particular image is a HDR that I created by taking a single image and creating a bracket of 1EV exposures and using Photomatix to combine them. I then used Photoshop to remove the mist spots in the image.

Show ‘Em If You Got ‘Em

If you have any photos that you have taken of Ozone Falls, I would love to see them. Head over to my Flickr Photo Sharing Group ( and share them with me! I’m really interested in seeing your shots of this beautiful waterfall.

Categories: Other Places, Waterfall

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