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Country Roads ~ Abandoned Barns and Wildflowers in Rural Tennessee


The road less traveled is often the most scenic. Well, sometimes anyway. I spent a day with my parents and sister meandering through rural Tennessee on some desolate gravel roads. We saw a plethora of beautiful spring wildflowers and old abandoned homes and barns. It was heaven to a nature loving, back roads fan, and photography nerd like me. 

Old barn on a gravel road.

Abandoned homestead. I love the scalloped green siding.

I’m not sure if I like the old abandoned house or the rusty, bashed in mailbox better here. Such patina. 

This is the side view of the house in the first picture. It’s a very large home. Those dormers are so interesting and unique. 

We were being watched by this guy. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a bald eagle this close before. Isn’t he gorgeous?


a bouquet of wildflowers

There were about 30 or 40 butterflies in this one small patch. They started fluttering around as we got closer. This was the best picture I could get showing all 3 types. 

Shooting stars - wildflowers in rural Tennessee

Shooting stars

Cool geodes found in the local creek

spring beauty wildflowers

spring beauty

wild violets

spring beauty flowers

Spring beauty

wild purple phlox

Fiddlehead fern. Isn’t the shape awesome?

More fiddlehead ferns. 

a carpet of white fringed phacelia

There were so many little white wildflowers that it looked like smoke or snow.

Indian Pinks

Larkspur. These were thick along the rural roadside.

abandoned home and large tree

 A lonely old barn on a less traveled road. 

Pink Trilium

A giant patch of white triliums

Wild geraniums

Wild miniature iris

Woods poppy. These were so vibrant and colorful. They covered several of the shaded hillsides on our journey.

That’s it for this little excursion. I don’t get out and do this near enough. Do you enjoy doing this kind of thing or are you more of a city person? Each has its advantages, but I guess I’m a country girl at heart.

Let me know which one is your favorite!

Thanks for dropping by.



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  1. I would love to go there, but it'a a bit far away frome here. I love country, wild flowers, birds… all that splendid nature. And abandoned farmhouses and barns are fascinating… and so sad. Once upon a time there were human beings, families, living there. You take great pictures 🙂 Have a nice day!

    1. I agree about the abandoned structures being a little sad. The stories they could tell…..
      Thanks for dropping by. Glad you liked the post! ~ Angie

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