Out and About

Blount County vacation weekend

Oh boy! Friends from another part of the state are coming for a weekend visit. There will be plenty to do in Blount County, especially during Covered Bridge Festival weekend. Adding fun things to the weekend’s “to do” list will be easy.

We will start the weekend early Saturday morning at the pancake breakfast fundraiser for the Blount County Children’s Center at Lester Memorial United Methodist Church. The Children’s Center is a very effective organization needing our support. You can see why if you go to their website (www.blountcountychildrenscenter.com).

At 9:30 Saturday morning we will go to the Swann Covered Bridge to join in a hike to Powell Falls led by Friends of the Locust Fork River. It is a hike deemed “moderate” because of some rocks that need to be negotiated early in the hike. My visitors will enjoy the hike after eating all those pancakes.

After the hike, we will head back to Oneonta to stroll the streets at the Covered Bridge Festival. I know my friends can find some souvenirs at the arts and crafts booths, maybe a hand-carved hiking stick or a unique yard-art bird house. We might grab a ribeye sandwich charbroiled by the Cattleman’s Association and a fresh lemonade to take to the music stage. After we reenergize, I am going to show them Blount County’s covered bridges. We will not have the time to sign up for one of the three guided tours organized by the Blount-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce.

We should stop at Palisades Park before we begin visiting the covered bridges. Out-of-town people are always impressed with the bluffs and view of the valley. I hope they are willing to climb the fire tower to get an even better view. Then, we will check out the Blount County Quilters Guild quilts on display. We might even see quilters working on their next work of art.

On Sunday afternoon I think we will map out the numerous historical markers in the county. I am not sure we can visit all 12 markers, but maybe visit the ones that interest my history buff friend. A list of the markers is at the West Blount Chamber of Commerce website (www.westblountchamber.com). Blountsville Historical Park will fit right into the afternoon theme. Walking through the restored log cabins complete with period furnishings easily conjures up thoughts of rural life a hundred plus years ago.

I do not think we will have time to visit Rickwood Caverns and the “miracle mile” of underground caverns. There is just too much to do in one weekend! I know my visitors will come back another time to finish the weekend vacation in Blount County, especially since a paddle on the Locust Fork River was not in the plans this time. Hey! We’ll stop at the new Scenic Overlook and wade in the river. Our county has a lot to offer. Take the time to make a plan. Entertainment! Fun! It is a vacation!