A snowy 3.5 mile hike to the rim of the Tennessee River Gorge provided a chance to glimpse the River Gorge Explorer from above. Edward's Point had about seven inches of snow and the view was worth braving the cold trek through the woods. Last winter, a January snowstorm gave passengers an opportunity to view the mountains decked in white, but the cloudy skies obscured the tops. Here's a glimpse of that cruise:
The Gorge is spectacular when there is snow on the ground. While the snow will be melting soon, there's time to enjoy a "Critter Cruise" through January 2nd. An Aquarium educator will present a special tale and introduce passengers to a couple of native creatures. Learn more about these special cruises here: http://www.tnaqua.org/RiverGorgeExplorer/RiverGorgeExplorer.aspx
Throughout the winter, there are also great birding opportunities. Last winter, additional bald eagles were seen in the Gorge, perhaps forced further south due to harsh weather further north.
You never know what you'll see when you come out of your shell and enjoy the river this time of year.