we need to get Lionel Hampton down there
@maggiekb Am I to pronounce "geosites" like I'm American: "GEO-SIGHTS" or like I'm Greek: "ge-OS-uh-tees"? I guess I want it to rhyme with "curiosities"?
Tennessee's got the Savage Gulf, which is gigantic, but particularly the Stone Door
the enormity of it doesn't photograph well. above this photo are big overlooks that plunge straight down into the floor of the "Gulf," a huge deciduous forest sunk down into the rock. You can see the floor where the light is creeping in at the bottom of the pic. Here's what the top looks like
Further east is a similar place, Raven Point. there's no good photos because there's no good vantage point to capture one--the Point is supreme. it also has this arch
Really, though, the stone formations of the whole region are breathtaking. If you've seen Micheal Mann's Last of the Mohicans, that's the same geology, just over on the North Carolina side of the mountains. Stuff like that is everywhere in Southern Appalachia. It's the most beautiful place on Earth, I'll tell you what.
Here in Georgia we've got this gigantic, weird bubble of granite that popped out of the ground called Stone Mountain, it's pretty cool. the guide on the wire tram/ski-lift thing said that it's just the tip of the iceberg, that the shaft of granite goes down much further below the surface than above.