Chattanooga Travelogue

I spent my entire first year in Nashville meeting new friends and playing music. This year I'm starting to venture out of the city. I want to see all of the cool things Tennessee and the surrounding states have to offer. I thought I'd share these places with you as I visit them. Have a must see place I should visit? Let me know in the comments and I'll check it out!

This last week I drove an hour Southwest of Nashville to check out Jackson Falls. It's a unique waterfall that flows down and feeds into the Duck River. Fun fact, the Duck River is the most biologically diverse river in North America. It has over 50 species of freshwater mussels and 151 species of fish!

Walking down the 900 foot path you're greeted by a beautiful cascade that empties into a small clear pool at the bottom. So what makes it unique you ask? If you're careful and climb up above the cascade you will see. The water slides down a slope before washing across the flat rock and over the lip. You can walk up and stand in the water as it rushes down. The day I went we hadn't had much rain recently so the flow of water was weak. But you can imagine how great it would look after rainfall.

Josh Gray waterfall

Josh Gray waterfall

 

On Friday I drove down to Chattanooga. It was a beautiful day and a nice scenic drive. I went to check out the Tennessee Aquarium I'd heard so much about. The aquarium has a lot of the standard sea creatures you've come to expect. However there are some stand out things. For one, I haven't seen such a diverse jellyfish collection anywhere else.

 

They also have a great collection of beautiful butterflies. There's even a window into a small room where you can see their cocoons and watch them hatch. They were flying all over the place and would even land on your finger.

 

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The staff are genuinely interested in the exhibits and will answer any questions. There are interactive sections that staff are stationed at to talk to guests. Overall great aquarium and I would definitely recommend it if you're in the area.

 

The next day I visited Rock City in Lookout Mountain, GA. It's a natural rock garden with the nice Lookout Mountain overlook. The waterfall is man-made but it looks cool. There's a plaque at the lookout that says you can see seven states from it. This is based on journal entries from both union and confederate soldiers but has never been proven. Either way it's a cool roadside attraction.

 

 

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Last but certainly not least I drove to Ruby Falls. This cave system first opened to the public in 1930. Leo Lambert who first excavated the cave in 1928 named it after his wife Ruby. The guided tours have you take an elevator down a few hundred feet. Walking through narrow passages of cave formations you slowly descend over 1,120 feet. What do you find at the end of the tour at 1,120 feet? A massive underground waterfall of course!!

 

The trip was a lot of fun! I definitely plan on doing more. If you enjoy blog posts like this let me know in the comments and I'll be sure to write more.

Oh and I almost forgot, I have some very cool things on the music front. Make sure you join my email list here if you haven't already. You'll get a free song download and other exclusives. I have new songs I'll be sharing online soon. I'm still compiling songs for my full length album. I plan on releasing it by the end of this year.

I wanted to share this cool poster with you for a show I have next week. The poster was created by my friend Meaghan Cahill.  

Josh Gray Poster

Josh Gray Poster

I also just printed t-shirts for the first time. You can check them out by clicking here. The blue shirts are limited edition and there aren't many so pick yours up today!

Josh Gray Shirts

Josh Gray Shirts

As always thank you so much for your support. I couldn't do this without your help!