Wednesday, June 28, 2023

A Dam and Waterfalls

Location: Joe Wheeler State Park; Rogersville, Alabama

There is nothing like a good waterfall. Yesterday, I saw two different types. The first one was water shooting out the side of the mountain and the other flowing over the side from the top of the mountain. The first one was a surprise but I knew about the other one because it is what brought me to that spot. The spot is the entrance road going to the Wilson Dam Powerhouse. It is restricted to TVA vehicular traffic only, but people are allowed to walk the 1/2 mile or so to see the falls. The overall area is known as The Rockpile Recreation Area. Hopefully, I'll also be able to put a video in the blog today.

A nice bench overlooking the Tennessee River just downstream of Wilson Dam which is 98 years old this year.

This is the road to the powerhouse which is for TVA vehicles only. But it is a nice little walk on paved surface and shaded by the mountain on the right. That is the powerhouse in background.

This is the first waterfall shooting from the base of the mountain. It is carried to the river by a pipe under the road.

This the main waterfall. There is another one just before this one that will show up in the video if I load it correctly. 

This picture show from the overlook shows everything. The powerhouse with its 21 turbines on the lower right. The dam in the middle and lock on the far side. The lock is the highest single lift lock east of the Rockies. You can see Wilson Lake to the top right and notice the difference in height compared to downstream. You can also see the remnants of Muscle Shoals on the left. It is those rock outcroppings in the water before you get to the dam. 

How about a house on a hill overlooking the river???

My view out the back window. This State Park has been a nice place. About twice as expensive as COE campgrounds, but since there weren't any COE's around, it did just fine. 

Tomorrow is moving day and I'll be going about 100 miles upstream to a County Park in the town of Scottsboro, Alabama for 4 days. 

I need to start reserving campgrounds for my return trip from the RV Rally in Goshen, Indiana back to Louisiana. I'm having a hard time deciding on the route. We'll see. 

Ya'll take care of each other. Maybe, I'll Cya down the road. 

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