Monday, October 21, 2013

Episode 184 (10-21-13): "Clinch Mountain Quickstep" by Timothy Seaman

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From the Cumberland Gap to the Atlantic Ocean, this is Virginia Water Radio for the week of October 21, 2013.

This week, we feature a music selection honoring a southwestern Virginia mountain and a nearby water-carved landmark.  Have a listen for about 35 seconds.


You’ve been listening to part of “Clinch Mountain Quickstep,” performed by Timothy Seaman and Phillip Skeens on the 2002 CD, “Sycamore Rapids,” from Pine Wind Music.  Clinch Mountain is a prominent ridge stretching across five southwestern Virginia counties and into Tennessee.  It forms the divide between the watersheds of the Clinch River to the north and the Holston River to the south, two of Virginia’s major tributaries to the Upper Tennessee River.  The Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation has described the Clinch River area as “one of the greatest hotspots for biodiversity in North America,” containing over 120 fish species and “more species of endangered and rare freshwater mussels than anywhere else in the world.”  This week’s “Clinch Mountain Quickstep” was recorded to honor one of the area’s landmarks: Natural Tunnel State Park.  The park is named after an 800-foot long, 100-foot high tunnel carved over hundreds of thousands of years by groundwater and by Stock Creek, a Clinch River tributary.  Thanks to Timothy Seaman for permission to use this week’s music.

For other water sounds and music, and for more Virginia water information, visit our Web site at, or call us at (540) 231-5463.  From the Virginia Water Resources Research Center in Blacksburg, I’m Alan Raflo, thanking you for listening, and wishing you health, wisdom, and good water.


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View from inside Natural Tunnel in Scott County, Virginia.  Photo courtesy of the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, accessed at

The North Fork Holston River, shown here in Washington County, Virginia, in April 2010, flows along the southern side of Clinch Mountain in Smyth and Washington counties.
The Clinch River near Sneedville (Hancock County), Tennessee, just below the Virginia-Tennessee state line, 2006.  Photo courtesy of Jess Jones, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Acknowledgments: “Clinch Mountain Quickstep” and “Sycamore Rapids” are copyright 2002 by Timothy Seaman and Pine Wind Music, used with permission.  Mr. Seaman’s Web site is

Information on Clinch Mountain was taken from the Virginia Atlas and Gazetteer (2000 edition), DeLorme, Yarmouth, Maine; and the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), “Clinch Mountain WMA,” online at

Information on Natural Tunnel State Park was taken from the Virginia DCR’s Web site on the park, at
Information on the Clinch River and its watershed was taken from the Virginia DCR, “Clinch River: Global Hotspot for Biodiversity and Endangered Species,” online at; and the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, “Clinch River,” online at

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