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Introduction ...

Below is our collection of tidbits, odds 'n ends for Five Forks.

This page contains seven sections:

Outdoor Activities ...

As we travel, we like to pursue some of our interests (such as astronomy and bird watching).

When in Five Forks, we use the following websites to find information relevant to Five Forks and the surrounding area.

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Five Forks and surrounding area.

Astronomy ...

Whether using binoculars, a small telescope or the naked-eye, the Heavens-Above website can help amateurs find their way around the night-time sky. In addition to detailed sky charts, their website lists the visible planets, asteriods, comets, satellites and their track across the sky.

To give accurate results, Heavens-Above requires the latitude and longitude of your location. As a starting point, when we link to Heavens-Above, we pass the location for Five Forks. Once you're on the Heavens-Above website, you can improve accuracy by giving a more precise longitude and latitude for your actual position.

The Heavens-Above Website, centered on Five Forks.

Bird Watching ...

We enjoy finding new spots for bird watching and we use the eBird website to find local sighting reports and hotspots.

The eBird website is organized on a county-by-county basis. We have selected Decatur County as the starting point when you click on the link below:

The Decatur County sighting report from eBird.

Since Five Forks is near Henderson County and also Perry County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Henderson County

Sighting report for Perry County

Waymarking ...

Looking for somewhere out of the ordinary? Find a unique place and want to share it with others? Then it's time to visit Waymarking.com:

The Waymark.com website, centered on Five Forks.

How Far From Five Forks to ...

We spend a lot of time looking through Gazetteers that were published in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Many of the Gazetteers include the distance from a community such as Five Forks to various places of note, such as the White House.

With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers, the straight-line distance<1> beginning in Five Forks and extending to:

  • Decaturville [Map], which is the Seat of Decatur County, lies just to the South Southeast.
  • Nashville [Map], which is the State Capital of Tennessee, lies 84 miles [135.2 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). If you could drive a straight line from Five Forks to Nashville, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take less than two hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 5 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take most of three days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 650 miles [1,046.1 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving would take just over a day, a buggy would take 26 days and walking would take 37 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,503 miles [10,465.6 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<4>
  • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba [Map]) is 7,224 miles [11,625.9 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,099 miles [8,206 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Curious and Interesting Names Near Five Forks ...

As we travel, we always see a community with a name that gives pause. While there are names which are interesting or familiar, some catch our attention or strike our fancy. We always talk about such a name. If time permits and the community is not too far, we'll usually try to make a side-trip.

Bible Hill   -   Less than 2 miles to the Northeast of Five Forks   [Map]

Cherokee Heights   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Christian Chapel   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Hickory Forks   -   Less than 2 miles to the Southeast   [Map]

Hopewell   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the East   [Map]

Hydro   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the North   [Map]

Mousetail (Historic)   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the East   [Map]

Parsons   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Pleasant Exchange (Historic)   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Poplar Springs   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the North   [Map]

Sulphur Springs (Historic)   -   Less than 2 miles to the North   [Map]

Yellow Springs   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the North   [Map]

Communities Also Named Five Forks ...

We have found 50 communities that share the name Five Forks.

Within Tennessee, there is just one other community named Five Forks. Using our Gazetteer, we have found another 49 communities in the United States - with 50 of those located in the United States.

We have broken our list into two sections:

Other communities located in Tennessee

Communities outside of Tennessee


Communities Outside of Tennessee

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Alabama

DeKalb County

Our profile page for Five Forks, DeKalb County   [Map]

Distance: About 149 miles [239.8 km] to the Southeast.

Georgia

Bartow County

Our profile page for Five Forks, Bartow County   [Map]

Distance: About 213 miles [342.8 km] to the East Southeast.

Clarke County

Our profile page for Five Forks, Clarke County

We found mention of this community, but have little information.<7>

Although located in Clarke County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

Gwinnett County

Our profile page for Five Forks, Gwinnett County   [Map]

Distance: About 264 miles [424.9 km] to the East Southeast.

Thomas County

Our profile page for Five Forks, Thomas County   [Map]

Distance: About 417 miles [671.1 km] to the Southeast.

Kentucky

Lawrence County

Our profile page for Five Forks, Lawrence County   [Map]

Distance: About 348 miles [560.1 km] to the East Northeast.

Louisiana

Winn Parish

Our profile page for Five Forks, Winn Parish   [Map]

Distance: About 372 miles [598.7 km] to the Southwest.

Maryland

Baltimore County

Our profile page for Five Forks, Baltimore County   [Map]

Distance: About 686 miles [1,104 km] to the East Northeast.

Frederick County

Our profile page for Five Forks, Frederick County   [Map]

Distance: About 641 miles [1,031.6 km] to the East Northeast.

Harford County

Our profile page for Five Forks, Harford County   [Map]

Distance: About 698 miles [1,123.3 km] to the East Northeast.

North Carolina

Person County

Our profile page for Five Forks, Person County   [Map]

Distance: About 513 miles [825.6 km] to the East.

Robeson County

Our profile page for Five Forks, Robeson County   [Map]

Distance: About 513 miles [825.6 km] to the East.

Rowan County

Our profile page for Five Forks, Rowan County   [Map]

Distance: About 423 miles [680.8 km] to the East.

Stokes County

Our profile page for Five Forks, Stokes County

We found mention of this community, but have little information.

Although located in Stokes County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

Warren County

Our profile page for Five Forks, Warren County   [Map]

Distance: About 567 miles [912.5 km] to the East.

Yadkin County

Our profile page for Five Forks, Yadkin County   [Map]

Distance: About 425 miles [684 km] to the East.

Ohio

Columbiana County

Our profile page for Five Forks, Columbiana County   [Map]

Distance: About 522 miles [840.1 km] to the Northeast.

Guernsey County

Our profile page for Five Forks, Guernsey County   [Map]

Distance: About 466 miles [750 km] to the Northeast.

Lawrence County

Our profile page for Five Forks, Lawrence County   [Map]

Distance: About 369 miles [593.8 km] to the Northeast.

Pennsylvania

Bedford County

Our profile page for Five Forks, Bedford County   [Map]

Distance: About 605 miles [973.7 km] to the East Northeast.

Fayette County

Our profile page for Five Forks, Fayette County   [Map]

Distance: About 547 miles [880.3 km] to the East Northeast.

Franklin County

Our profile page for Five Forks, Franklin County   [Map]

Distance: About 642 miles [1,033.2 km] to the East Northeast.

South Carolina

Anderson County

Our profile page for Five Forks, Anderson County   [Map]

Distance: About 319 miles [513.4 km] to the East Southeast.

Chesterfield County

Our profile page for Five Forks, Chesterfield County   [Map]

Distance: About 440 miles [708.1 km] to the East.

Dillon County

Our profile page for Five Forks, Dillon County   [Map]

Distance: About 506 miles [814.3 km] to the East.

Greenville County

Our profile page for Five Forks, Greenville County   [Map]

Distance: About 340 miles [547.2 km] to the East.

Marlboro County

Our profile page for Five Forks, Marlboro County   [Map]

Distance: About 490 miles [788.6 km] to the East.

Pickens County

Our profile page for Five Forks, Pickens County   [Map]

Distance: About 317 miles [510.2 km] to the East.

Virginia

Amelia County

Our profile page for Five Forks, Amelia County   [Map]

This community is historic.<8>

Distance: About 576 miles [927 km] to the East Northeast.

Amherst County

Our profile page for Five Forks, Amherst County   [Map]

Distance: About 517 miles [832 km] to the East Northeast.

Bedford County

Our profile page for Five Forks, Bedford County   [Map]

Distance: About 492 miles [791.8 km] to the East Northeast.

Carroll County

Our profile page for Five Forks, Carroll County   [Map]

Distance: About 417 miles [671.1 km] to the East Northeast.

Chesterfield County

Our profile page for Five Forks, Chesterfield County   [Map]

Distance: About 599 miles [964 km] to the East Northeast.

Dinwiddie County

Our profile page for Five Forks, Dinwiddie County   [Map]

Distance: About 594 miles [956 km] to the East Northeast.

Fairfax County

Our profile page for Five Forks, Fairfax County   [Map]

Distance: About 635 miles [1,021.9 km] to the East Northeast.

Halifax County

Our profile page for Five Forks, Halifax County   [Map]

Distance: About 523 miles [841.7 km] to the East.

Hopewell City

Our profile page for Five Forks, Hopewell City   [Map]

Distance: About 613 miles [986.5 km] to the East Northeast.

James City County

Our profile page for Five Forks, James City County   [Map]

Distance: About 642 miles [1,033.2 km] to the East Northeast.

Lunenburg County

Our profile page for Five Forks, Lunenburg County   [Map]

Distance: About 546 miles [878.7 km] to the East.

Madison County

Our profile page for Five Forks, Madison County   [Map]

Distance: About 581 miles [935 km] to the East Northeast.

Mecklenburg County

Our profile page for Five Forks, Mecklenburg County

We found mention of this community, but have little information.

Although located in Mecklenburg County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

Nelson County

Our profile page for Five Forks, Nelson County   [Map]

Distance: About 532 miles [856.2 km] to the East Northeast.

Patrick County

Our profile page for Five Forks, Patrick County   [Map]

Distance: About 444 miles [714.5 km] to the East.

Prince Edward County

Our profile page for Five Forks, Prince Edward County   [Map]

Distance: About 543 miles [873.9 km] to the East Northeast.

Rappahannock County

Our profile page for Five Forks, Rappahannock County   [Map]

Distance: About 586 miles [943.1 km] to the East Northeast.

West Virginia

Calhoun County

Our profile page for Five Forks, Calhoun County   [Map]

Distance: About 451 miles [725.8 km] to the East Northeast.

Preston County

Our profile page for Five Forks, Preston County   [Map]

Distance: About 546 miles [878.7 km] to the East Northeast.

Ritchie County

Our profile page for Five Forks, Ritchie County   [Map]

Distance: About 461 miles [741.9 km] to the East Northeast.

Upshur County

Our profile page for Five Forks, Upshur County   [Map]

Distance: About 498 miles [801.5 km] to the East Northeast.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Cities, Towns and Villages of Tennessee

About Decatur County

About Tennessee

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Five Forks. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for Decatur County: www.decaturcountytn.org/

The official website for State of Tennessee: https://www.tn.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Five Forks) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Five Forks. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 35.6878, Longitude: -88.1731     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Five Forks have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>While we have tried to pick reasonable speeds, the rate of travel is very theoretical - obstacles like fences, hills, lakes, river crossings and rest stops have been ignored. When we say 'Days' of travel, we're assuming 8 hours of travel per day.

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<3>The shortest line can be visualized by stretching a string on a Globe from Point A to Point B - this is known as a Great Circle Route. Where you might expect the shortest route from Five Forks to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.

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<4>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 314.641 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 310.701 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 310.397 degrees.

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<7>If we encounter the name of what might be a community, our methodology is to add that name to our Gazetteer as a placeholder. As we find more information about that community, it will be added to our Gazetteer.

Just as a reminder: Our definition of a community is rather broad and includes those places (or areas) where several families lived and had a name which identified that place. For example, you might hear somebody say that they are going over to Rock Creek to see Pete ... Rock Creek is just a gas station and a couple of homes at the crossroads. While it might not be on the map, everybody in the area knows it by that name.

Places of interest include buildings at a crossroad, several families clustered in a hollow or maybe the location of a way station. It also includes places like mines, lumber camps, ferry crossings, etc. The community might still exist, is now gone or only existed for just a short period of time.

Also keep in mind that Five Forks could have been on the original document by mistake, misspelled, the original/alternate name of a community that we've listed elsewhere or was placed in the wrong county. Sometimes a post office or train station would have a different name than the community where it's located, so two names might be referring to the same community - we're working to straighten it all out.

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<8>We use the term 'Historic' broadly and it generally means that the community no longer exists. However, it can also mean that the community might still exist, but was significantly larger or had a more 'official' existence in the past than it does now. Unfortunately our sources of data have proven to be unreliable. If you can provide us with more specific information about Five Forks, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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