The Mythical Benton Falls

2014-03-10 12.32.55We visited the Cherokee National Forest in Ocoee, Tennessee last week. The views were beautiful. I always love visiting the Smokey Mountains.


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Many of the roads we took were gravel roads. We always find the best places going off the beaten path.


2014-03-10 10.46.04We decided to stop at one place where there were walking trails and a lake. The site also boasted that one of the trails, Trail 131, led to Benton Falls. My husband and I always enjoy looking at waterfalls, so we set out it the direction where a sign said Benton Falls was. The hike was only suppose to be one and a half miles.

This is some of the scenery we saw on the trail.

We walked for what seemed like two miles when we came to a sign saying Benton Falls was back the way we came about a half mile. We went back and found only one trail that we’d missed. It was only maybe one tenth of a mile from the sign, so we knew it couldn’t be it, but it was our only choice. We took the trail that led to a bridge over the water. After crossing the bridge, we saw a sign that said Benton Falls, so we knew we were on the right track. Here’s some of the scenery we saw. The walk was beautiful.

2014-03-10 09.21.58Finally we came to a fork in the road. No signs. We took the path away from the lake and the parking lot, and although we saw some pretty scenery, we didn’t find the mythical Benton Falls. After about three miles, we headed the other way where we ended up at the parking lot. We found a map of the trails there. It had them color coded. Benton Falls was supposed to be Trail 131. It was suppose to be the medium blue colored trail. But there was no medium blue trail on the map. At this point, I’m not even sure they have a trail to Benton Falls, but I do know I was disappointed after trying so hard to find it.

2014-03-10 11.59.03Many times, we search for mythical things that will make our lives better. We think if we only had more money or a better job, we could find that elusive peace we crave. If only our children would behave like we want or we had good health, life would be better. But searching for happiness by traveling those mythical routes are sure to lead to disappointment just as our hike to Benton Falls did. There’s only one path that will satisfy and lead to life and peace, the narrow way the Bible talks about. The great thing about this path is it is clearly marked in the Bible. Here’s a link to help you find that path if you’re searching for something to satisfy. Or you can email me at tkrafty {at} sbcglobal {dot} net if you’d like to talk to me about the path to salvation.

I never did find the mythical Benton Falls, but I did see a lot of beautiful views. Better yet, many years ago, I found the path to life and peace through Jesus Christ, My Lord.

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About Tamera Lynn Kraft

Tamera Lynn Kraft has always loved adventures and writes Christian historical fiction set in America because there are so many adventures in American history. She is married to the love of her life, has two grown children, and lives in Akron, Ohio. Soldier’s Heart and A Christmas Promise are two of her historical novellas that have been published. She has received 2nd place in the NOCW contest, 3rd place TARA writer’s contest, and is a finalist in the Frasier Writing Contest.

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