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VIRGIN FALLS, TENNESSEE...

VIRGIN FALLS, TENNESSEE...

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 Virgin Falls is an over 1,000 acre natural area that is named for the "Virgin Falls."  This absolutely beautiful waterfall is formed by an underground stream that emerges from a cave that drops over 100 feet before entering another cave.   The nature area is known for not only Virgin Falls but many other smaller falls and caves.  These caves and falls can be enjoyed by hiking the Virgin Falls trail which is roughly 4 miles in and 4 miles out for a total of 8 miles.  Dog Days of Travel opted to backpack in and camp overnight at the Sheep Cave Falls at one of several designated campsites.  Be sure to be provisioned adquately for not only yourself but you companion and you will have a fantastic time.  Dogs are required to be on leash while hiking on the trail, but finding a private spot off the trail for some free play time is possible as long as you are mindful of other fellow hikers.  Also, it is always a good idea to let the park ranger know you are spending the night off the trail at one of the campsites.  For more information, see one of the links below.

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In this webisode, Dog Days of Travel goes to Townsend, Tennessee.  Willie & Waylon get to stay in a deluxe cabin at the Dancing Bear Lodge and take in the sites of the area.

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CORDELL HULL, TENNESSEE...

CORDELL HULL, TENNESSEE...

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 Cordell Hull Lake offers two "developed" and two "primitive" camping areas.  The developed campgrounds include amenities such as showers, restrooms, electric hookup, water and basically facilitate camping close to your car and the amenities.  The primitive areas offer outhouses and a quiet isolated experience.  Dog Days of Travel opted for a spot right on the lake at Defeated Creak, one of the developed camping areas.  The fee for a camping site ranges from $15 to $25 and the season runs from March 18 to November 11.  Many of the sites offer picnic tables and fire pits.  Tents, camping chairs, kayaks, and fishing poles (with fishing liscense of course) were all that were needed to have a great weekend camping with the Willie and Waylon.  Reservations are a good idea and can be made by calling 1-877-444-6777 or online at www.recreation.gov.  As with most places, there are certain rules for the dogs and owners, all dogs must be on a leash 6 foot in length or less, controlled, and attended at all times.  Your dog should be with you at all times so take turns with the kayak or perhaps rent a canoe to bring along.  If your friend is a barker be prepared to keep them entertained.  You will find that many other people visit these camp sites with their dog so be ready for a doggie social.

ORIGIN OF DOG DAYS...

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The idea of "dog days' originates from the constellation, Canis Major.  In Latin, Canis Major translates to "greater dog" and it contains Sirius, most notible as the brightest star in the night sky and also known as the "dog star."

In ancient Europe, Canis Major was associated with dogs and Sirius, also known as the "scorching star," since the summer heat occurs just after Sirius is first spotted on the horizon for the new year signified the beginning of summer. The ancient Greeks referred to this time in the summer as dog days, as only dogs would be adventure out in the heat, leading to the star being known as the Dog Star.  Consequently, the constellation was named after it.

 

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DOG DAYS TRAVEL TIP...

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Always pick up you puppies pooh.  They love to really know who's boss.  Special bags designed for discrete and efficient pooh pickup are always available at your local pet supplies store.  See our recommended product of the week.

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