DEEP IN THE MUCK: Reporter Holly Haworth trudges through the hidden urban wilderness of First Creek.
A tire swing hangs empty under a bridge behind the First Creek Greenway.
A car bumper stuck between tree trunks gives evidence of recent heavy rains.
Grocery carts laden with debris punctuate a channelized part of the creek that flows under Interstate 40.
First Creek kayaker Bobby Braly counted 18 grocery carts between Grainger Avenue and the Tennessee River.
Behind Caswell Park, First Creek flows under the long-abandoned Standard Knitting Mill.
Kudzu creeps in to cover gray concrete walls that rise above the creek just behind Caswell Park.
Inside a tunnel, someone has scrawled a heartfelt message and drawn a vision of refuge.
The Standard Knitting Mill, with trees of heaven growing from it, rises above the creek at the edge of Parkridge.
UT professor John Nolt emerges from the half-mile underground portion of First Creek and faces the Tennessee River.