While there are many stories and tales about the legendary frontiersman, hunter and US Congressman David "Davy" Crockett from Tennessee, there are few about his first wife Mary Finlay (Finley) of Jefferson County, Tennessee. Davy & Polly met at a frontier social event...

I recently had the opportunity to give my "Wonder Cave" Presentation for the National Speleological Society as a Webinar. If you would like to see it, go to this link:


March 18, 2019

Noteworthy Paddle in TAG: East Fork of the Little River, Alabama

Activities: Paddling, swimming, fishing, wildlife observation, camping

Rating: Moderate to Difficult

Little River, which is said to be one of the cleanest and wildest waterways in the south, flows for its al...

February 18, 2019

Noteworthy Hike in TAG Dismals Canyon Conservatory – A National Natural Landmark Activities: Hiking, Photography, Nature Appreciation, Camping Rating: Easy

Located in Northwest Alabama about 30 miles west of the Sipsey Wilderness is an 85 acre Natural Conservatory that...

Blue Holes in the Heart of T.A.G.

by Kelly Smallwood NSS 58745 RL FE

When you spend as much time in the outdoors as I do, you are bound to come across some very interesting geological features. In this article I am going to feature some of the blue holes we have either s...

Martin Springs: The Headwaters for Battle Creek, Marion County, Tennessee

Martin Springs is a spring located on the east side of Battle Creek Valley at the mouth of Cave Cove, which is near where Interstate 24 ascends towards Monteagle. It has a large opening with a lar...

January 22, 2019

Originally published in the 1982 Franklin County Historical Review #13 No. 2, pages 113-117

January 15, 2019

March 29, 1980 Photo by Marion O Smith

December 31, 2018

The cost of dealing with Triple Positive Breast Cancer and getting on with my life…

I recently saw a post with an image that struck me and I wanted to re create that image to bring awareness. The original image noted that a study published by the American Health & Drug...

Canyon Land: An abandoned amusement park at Little River in Alabama

Little River Canyon National Preserve is located atop Lookout Mountain near the town of Fort Payne, Alabama. The preserve was created by an Act of Congress in 1992 and it protects 15,288 acres along wit...

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I'm a Caver who lives in the HEART of TAG near Nickajack Lake in Tennessee. My husband, Jason Hardy and I are active cave surveyors and have produced dozens of maps for local landowners and helped on countless other survey and cave science projects. We are both National Speleological Society LIFE Members and I am also recognized as a Fellow of the Society.

We have surveyed caves for the Appalachian Power Company in Virginia, The famous Jack Daniels Distillery in Lynchburg, TN and locally we have surveyed mile plus long caves such as Doodlebug Hole, Wonder Cave, Solution Rift, and The Hell Sucker. We have a love for caving & the outdoors and giving back to our community.

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