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Hiking Rules & Information

NOTE 1: Check Blog the Evening Before hikes and/or Early Morning on hike day; It May Be Necessary To Change/Cancel some hikes.

NOTE 2: Wednesday Hike Information - contact Bruce Whitehead at or 941-716-3620.

Note 3: BSF 100 Mile Challenge Site -

Monday, October 31, 2016

Wednesday, October 19, 2016, Hike -- Laural Falls to Bryan's Overlook (Dayton, TN)

We will hike the trail to beautiful Laurel Falls past an old coal mine and over some small streams on bridges. Weather permitting, we will attempt to cross a small stream to Bryan's Overlook. The hike will be 6 miles (8 miles if we do Bryan's Overlook) with some short strenuous portions uphill. After the hike, we will stop at Wooden's Apple House for delicious apple dumplings. We will depart from Trinity Tabernacle Church at 8.00am CT. Carpool cost $5.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016, Hike -- Big Ridge State Park Indian Rock Trail

The park is on the South side of Norris Lake. We will combine several short trails (easy to strenuous) to get to Indian Rock and Sharps Station for total of 7.9 miles. Along the way we will see an old mill, cemeteries, sinkholes, and the site where settler Peter Graves was scalped by Indians. We will depart at 8:00am CT from Vanity Fair west parking lot. Carpool cost $8. For information contact Deb Westervelt 931-267-2243 text or email

Friday – Sunday, October 28 – 30, 2016, TTA Annual Meeting -- Pickwick Landing State Park, Counce, TN

Join hikers from across the state and hike in West Tennessee.  Hikes scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  For more information, see the TTA website – 2016 Annual meeting.

Saturday, October 15, 2016


Saturday, October 15, 2016, Hike -- Honey Creek Loop, Big South Fork, Oneida, KY

This is a 5.7 mile strenuous hike. Meet a park ranger at the Honey Creek Loop Trailhead at 9:00am ET. Honey Creek Loop holds some of our most rugged terrain and it will take your breath away with its beauty. You will be using your hands and knees to maneuver through parts of this trail. We will also be following the creek bed so you may get wet. This is an all day hike; please plan accordingly. Bring water, snacks, lunch, and wear appropriate shoes and clothing for a safe and comfortable trip. Depart from Cracker Barrel off of I-40 Exit 317 at 6:30am CT.  Contact Cheryl Heckler at or 931-200-7436 for information. Carpool cost $6.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Wednesday, October 12, 2016, Hike -- North Chickamauga

This hike will be the North Chickamauga segment of the Cumberland trail, near Soddy Daisy. This is a strenuous hike of about 8 miles. We depart from Trinity Tabernacle Church at 8:00am CT. Gas cost is $7. If time permits, we will stop at Wooden's Apple House on the way back. Photos: Clark

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Saturday, October 8, 2016, Hike -- East Laurel & Sunset Overlooks, Big South Fork, Jamestown, TN

This is a 5.6 mile moderate hike. Begin at Cumberland Valley Trailhead for a hike to East Laurel Overlook (3.0 miles). Be prepared for a breath-taking view at this overlook, and after, we will hike to the Sunset Overlook for an additional 2.6 miles. The hike out is not remarkable, but the view definitely is. The Sunset Overlook is not protected by railings or fencing of any kind. Use extreme caution. We can make a stop at East Rim overlook for an easy 300-foot walk on a paved walkway to the overlook. Depart from Cracker Barrel off of I-40 Exit 317 at 7:30am CT.  Contact Cheryl Heckler at or 931-200-7436 for information. Carpool cost is $5.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Wednesday, October 5, 2016, Hike -- No Business Gorge & Maude's Crack (BSF)

This hike is a loop that descends to the bottom of No Business Gorge, and then follows the creek for a mile or so to the rim of the gorge. The last 100 feet of the climb is through Maude's Crack. There are relics of an early 20th century settlement along No Business Creek. There is a side trip to the John Muir Overlook. The hike is approximately 8 miles and rated moderate to strenuous because of the rugged terrain, a stream crossing, and two climbs. It may be necessary to have flip-flops or extra shoes to cross the stream crossing.  Depart Cracker Barrel at 7:30am CT.  Carpool cost $6.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Wednesday, September 28, 2016, Hike -- Camp Nakawana Lake Trail, Lake Alice Trail, and Byrd Creek & Plateau Nature Trails

Camp Nakawana Lake Trail (4.5 mi), Lake Alice Trail (1.5 mi), and Byrd Creek & Plateau Nature Trails (2.5 mi) combine for a total of 8.5 miles of easy hiking.  Depart from  Tractor Supply at 7:30am CT. Carpool cost $3. Bring lunch/snacks/water.  Contact Deb Westervelt, or 931-267-2243 for info.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Wednesday, September 21, 2016, Hikes -- Hebbertsburg-Daddy's Creek Trail and Black Mountain Summit Trail

The Hebbertsburg-Daddy's Creek Trail (4.1 mi) and the Black Mountain Summit Trail (2.0 mi) combine for an easy 6.1 miles of hiking. Depart from the Vanity Fair west parking lot at 7:30am CT. Bring lunch/snacks/water. Contact Deb Westervelt, or 931-267-2243 for info. Photos: Clark

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