Written by:Eugenia Jones, McCreary County Voice
Bucket list: A list of things you want to (or should) experience before you die.
There are bucket lists for life, bucket lists of things to experience in the U.S.A., and bucket lists of things to experience in Kentucky.
So, why not a bucket list for McCreary County?
Surprisingly enough, it’s not difficult to come up with a bucket list of “must do” experiences in McCreary County that are totally unique, exciting, or just give one an inner sense of satisfaction from enjoying a simple pleasure.
Check out our bucket list of “twenty-five plus one” McCreary County experiences and see how many you can accomplish. By checking off two “experiences” per week, our McCreary County list can be accomplished in one year
What is Geocaching?
"Geocaching is a high-tech treasure hunting game played through the world of adventure seekers equipped with GPS devices. The basic idea is to locate hidden containers called geocaches, and then share your experiences online. Geocaching is enjoyed by people from all age groups, with a strong sense of community and support for the environment." — Geocaching.com
You can join the fun at www.geocaching.com and join over 6 million geocachers online. You may also download the It's Our Nature - Geocaching Tour below.
How is Geocaching played ?
What are the rules of geocaching?
What do I need to go geocaching?
The only necessities are a GPS device or a GPS-enabled mobile phone so that you can navigate to the cache, and a Geocaching.com Membership.
It’s Our Nature - Geocache tour will take you to unique places in Scenic McCreary County.
You can download the It’s Our Nature Geocache Tour, insert the GPS Coordinates into your smart phone or GPS devise and start GEOCACHING now!
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Dropping an astounding 113 feet, Kentucky's highest waterfall is a must see that should be at the top of every hikers bucket list. Yahoo Falls is located near Whitley City, in the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area. A short, moderate .25 mile hike to the falls offers breathtaking cliff lines with a trail adorned with ferns and rhododendron. Upon reaching the falls you can explore the deep rock shelter behind the falls or play in shallow pool of water below. Even in the heat of the summer the forest's canopy offers shade for a pleasant hike . Be sure to take your camera, this is one photo you will not want to miss.
Visitors can also take advantage of the 1 mile loop trail that takes you down to, behind, and back up to the top of the falls.
Yahoo Arch has a height of 17 feet and a width of 70 feet. There is a smaller arch at the left of Yahoo Arch. You can reach Yahoo Arch by going behind Yahoo Falls and continuing on that trail for 0.8 miles Or from US 27 in Whitley City, take KY 700 west. Follow KY 700 approximately 3 miles. The trailhead to Yahoo Arch Trail #602 is a gated road on the right. From the trailhead, follow the old road along the ridgetop. After mile, the trail begins to descend. Stairs with railings mark your approach to Yahoo Arch. Turn left and follow along the base of the cliff for one mile to reach Yahoo Arch.
From Kentucky 27 in Whitley City, head west on HWY 700 for 4 miles. Turn right at the sign for Yahoo Falls Picnic Area. At the end of the gravel road you will reach the parking area with restrooms, picnic shelters, and the trailhead for Yahoo Falls.
Banjo player Edsel Blevins is featured in an October 22 story in knoxnews.com. Blevins plays twice a day for passengers of the Big South fork Scenic Railway, performing both at the Stearns depot and the Blue Heron mining camp.
"He has touched a lot of lives," said Becky Egnew, passenger operations manager for the Big South Fork Scenic Railway. "If everyone had a heart as good as his, the world would be a better place."
Read the full story at knoxnews.com