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The Tennessee River Gorge

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My wife, Jamie, and I have been working on seeing as much of the Tennessee River as possible.  In May, we decided to run up to Nickajack Lake.  It’s a reservoir created by Nickajack Dam as part of the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA). The lake stretches from Nickajack Dam to Chickamauga Dam, passing through Chattanooga. Nickajack Dam on the Tennessee River was completed in 1967 and replaced the aged Hales Bar Dam that had been built by private interests in 1913.  The Tennessee River Gorge, commonly referred to as the “Grand Canyon of Tennessee”, is also part of Nickajack Lake.  Seeing the Gorge is the primary reason for our trip as it consists of beautiful mountains, upland hardwoods and impressive limestone cliffs.  Most of the shoreline is undeveloped which adds to the incredible scenery.  I consider myself an above average nature photographer; however, capturing the true beauty of this area was a challenge.

We rented a very nice pontoon boat at Hale’s Bar and Marina, which is just up from the dam.  Cruising at a leisurely pace, we headed up river towards Chattanooga.


Once in Chattanooga, we stopped at Scottie’s on the River for lunch.  From the marina to Scottie’s it was about a 33-mile trip.  The food and views were outstanding.


On our way back, we stopped by Williams Island which offers 8 free primitive campsites.


Even though we were playing, there are still plenty of folks working on the river.


All in all, this was an incredible one-day trip.  We had no trouble seeing the entire lake in one day and we’ll definitely return in the fall when the leaves are in full color.


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Eddie Stone

Eddie Stone is an accomplished agent for Great Southern Land specializing in buying and selling land. An Alabama resident, Eddie has used his extensive knowledge to work and sell land in 15 counties surrounding the Birmingham Metro area. Eddie obtained a Master's Degree in Forest Business from Mississippi State University. For the next 20 years, he worked as a Registered Forester in the large corporate sector in both the procurement and land management arenas where he became an expert in land management, maximizing the biological growth of timber, determining the value of a timber tract, and maximizing its value for the landowner. In 1999, Eddie founded Forever Green, Inc.; a consultant forestry business that quickly became a leader in the local timber business. He went on to obtain a real estate license and join Great Southern Land as an Alabama land agent to further serve his clients' needs and provide full-scale, exceptional service. Eddie is also a Contractual Conservation Planner for the Georgia Alabama Land Trust. He prepares Conservation Easement Baseline Documentation Reports which includes technical writing, field inspections, GPS documentation, and GIS map preparation. Eddie's forestry expertise, coupled with being a REALTOR, has made him uniquely qualified to help clients navigate all aspects of buying and selling land.