The view from near Guinea Ridge Knob, where Scott, Anderson and Morgan counties all meet. (Ben Garrett/IH)

Sometimes the places hardest to reach are the places most worth the effort required to find them.

You could say that of the spine of the Cumberland Mountain range, where Scott, Morgan and Anderson counties all meet somewhere between the headwaters of Brimstone Creek and Smokey Creek.

Depending upon your starting point and your exact route of travel, it can be at least a half-day’s drive in and out of these mountains. And, yet, the best vantage points — the ones at the very top — are surprisingly close to places that dozens of Scott County families call home, like Lone Mountain, Smokey Junction and Norma.

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The complete story can be found in the Sept. 7, 2017 print edition of the Independent Herald.