The hiking trails around this place are some of the most beautiful I have ever seen anywhere. And I even count Yellowstone and Grand Tetons in that. Why I have only been one time is a mystery. I really need to go back there. Another nice thing about the place is that the Hemlock wooly adelgid has only just arrived in the forests there and so the hemlocks are still alive. I'm not sure how much longer they will be living, so that's another reason for me to return.
Emerging from the cave.
Plummeting into the sinkhole to vanish into the earth.
The day I hiked in was during a horrid drought. One of the worst the South has seen in 100 years. The temperatures were in the mid-90s. But in that sinkhole it was as cool as a crisp Fall evening.