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Walt's Look Around: A fallen waterfall

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CLAIBORNE COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

We heading to a fallen, water fall. Its one of my favorite spots along the Natchez Trace. A portion of the Owens Creek Waterfall has caved in, but that's sort of the way the waterfall was created to begin with.

Owens Creek is one of those nature area stops on the Natchez Trace, in Claiborne County near the old town of Rocky Springs. The waterfall on Owens Creek is little more than a trickle, really. Unless there has been a big rain. It used to be a lot more robust, but not in recent memory.

The spring feeding it gradually dried up a long time ago. It was in with the same set of springs that gave the town Rocky Springs its name. They dried up, too. Along with the town.

But there have been more recent changes, drastic changes by geological standards at the waterfall on Owens Creek within the past few weeks. There used to be a wide lip or shelf over which the Owens Creek waterfall fell. But recently a lot of that shelf has sloughed off, taking mainly the west side of the little valley below the waterfall with it, and also shortening the waterfall itself by a few feet.

An event like this is a totally natural process. Tree roots had undermined the ledge, and finally gravity got the best of all of it. And this sloughing off process down through the eons is what created this waterfall in the first place, the gradual eroding of the stream bed and washing away the sediment below it. Takes time. And time just took some more of it.

An old geologist told me one time that in his opinion, all nature is trying to do is to slowly wash us back into the ocean. It will take a while, but it could happen, I guess.

Of course, Owens Creek isn't the only waterfall we have in Mississippi. The biggest natural waterfalls are on Clark Creek in Wilkinson County. Some of the several falls on that stream approach 30 feet or more in height. Clark Creek is owned by the state and is a great place to hike. But plan to make a day of it. And there is evidence that those falls have crumbled in the past, too.

But the almost imperceptive movement of nature has taken a giant leap at Owens Creek recently. And I guess it will settle in for another hundred years or so, now.

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