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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 trailwalker80@gmail.com or 941-716-3620, or Bill Harris at 931-484-9152.

Note 3: BSF 100 Mile Challenge Site - http://www.nps.gov/biso/planyourvisit/centennial-challenge.htm



Monday, February 29, 2016

Wednesday, February 10, 2016, Hike -- Martha's Pretty Point Overlook

We will start at the Virgin Falls parking area, going toward Virgin Falls. At about 1.5 miles, we will climb to Martha's Pretty Point Overlook, then descend to Laurel Falls, and hike back to the parking lot for a total of 5.2 moderate miles. Gas reimbursement is $3. We depart from Tractor Supply at 8:00 am CT. Photos from our failed complete hike on January 27th, due to high water crossings: Pat1, Pat2

Thursday, February 11, 2016 -- Chapter Meeting

Time: 6:00 pm CT
Program: New Products with Plateau Outdoors
Location: First United Methodist Church Annex, 69 Neecham Street, Crossville
Dinner: 4:45 pm CT at Gondola's Restaurant, Woodmere Mall, Crossville
Contact: Chapter Chair, Cheryl Heckler at thehecklers@charter.net, or 931-200-7436 for additional information.

NOTE: Please bring peanut butter, jelly, and plastic grocery bags to donate for the CTC Breakaway Program. 

Wednesday, February 17, 2016, Hike -- Savage Day Loop, Palmer, TN


This easy 4.2 mile hike is quite beautiful with lush mountain laurel, hemlock trees, waterfalls, and overlooks of the Gulf. The many points of interest include a suspension bridge across Boyd Branch Creek, Savage Falls Overlook, and Rattlesnake Point Overlooking Savage Gulf. A staircase leads to the deep pool of Savage Falls. Carpool cost $5. Depart 8:00 am CT from Trinity Tabernacle Church.

Saturday, February 20, 2016, Hike -- Soddy Creek Gorge, Cumberland Trail, Soddy-Daisy, TN


This is a combined hike with Soddy-Daisy Chapter led by one of their members. It will be a 10 mile strenuous hike with a car shuttle from Sluder Lane to Hwy 111. The hike includes crossing the new bridge across Big Soddy Creek and Board Camp Falls. Bring your lunch and water. We will depart from the Trinity Tabernacle parking lot at 7:30 am CT. To carpool from Crossville contact Cheryl Heckler at thehecklers@charter.net or 931-200-7430 for additional information. Carpool cost is $4.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016, BSF 100 Mile Challenge Hike -- Angel Falls Overlook, Jamestown, TN

This is a 10 mile hike rated difficult due to its length, but the footing is good and the overall grade is downhill. The hike passes several rock houses, a small waterfall and a couple overlooks on the way to Angel Falls Overlook, which is a massive rock outcropping several hundred feet above the Big South Fork of the Cumberland River. Hikers will shuttle cars and depart from the Bandy Creek trailhead, finishing at Leatherwood Ford. Depart from behind Cracker Barrel at 8:00 am CT. Carpool cost $5.

Saturday, February 27, 2016, BSF 100 Mile Challenge Hike -- Middle Creek and Slave Falls, Big South Fork, Jamestown, TN

Middle Creek and Slave Falls hike in Big South Fork is 7 miles, rated moderate. The hike includes Slave Falls, Indian Rockhouse and Needle Arch. This hike will require a short car shuttle and qualifies for the Big South Fork Centennial Challenge. Bring a lunch to eat on the trail and water. Depart from Cracker Barrel's rear lot at 8 am CT. Carpool cost $4. Contact Cheryl Heckler at thehecklers@charter.net or 931-200-7430 for additional information.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

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Wednesday, February 3, 2016, Walk -- Stonehenge Golf Course in Fairfield Glade

For a winter change-of-pace, you will have a choice of easy to moderate 5, 7, or 8 walks around Stonehenge golf course cart paths in Fairfield Glade. The 8 mile walk will start at Bill and Carol Q's house (155 Cromwell Lane) to a 1.5 mile walk on a path through the woods to Stonehenge. Next is a walk on the 2.5 mile path of the back 9 holes (includes nice landscape scenes, and a killer down and up hill). Then, we will walk the front 9 holes for 2.5 miles. This adventure will end with a walk back through the woods to the Q's house. The 7 mile walk uses roadways to Stonehenge instead of the wooded path, cutting out about 1/2 mile each way. Lastly, the 5 mile walk requires you to drive to the Stonehenge parking lot by 8:45 am CT and wait to join the hikers starting at the Q's home. Whichever option is chosen, we should finish around Noon. Hiking equipment is not necessary, just wear sneakers or walking shoes. For those who do not live in the Glade and want to carpool, depart from the Vanity Fair west parking lot at 8:00am CT. Others arrive at the Q's house around 8:15 am. Call Bill or Carol at 484-4230 for questions or directions. Optionally, if anyone wants to have lunch in the Glade, there are Mexican and Italian restaurants in the Glade Mall. Photos: Clark

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Saturday, January 30, 2016, BSF 100 Mile Challenge Hike -- Gobblers Knob to Station Camp Overlook


Distance: 5.2 Miles
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Join a park ranger at Gobblers Knob Trailhead for a hike to Station Camp Overlook. From this overlook you will enjoy a great view of Charit Creek Lodge. Depart from Cracker Barrel back parking lot at 7:15 am CT to be at the trailhead by 10 am ET. Carpool cost $4. Photos: Clark

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Saturday, January 16, 2016, BSF 100 Mile Challenge Hike -- Cumberland Valley Trail to East Laurel Overlook


Distance: 5.6 miles
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Join a park ranger at Cumberland Valley Trailhead for a hike to East Laurel Overlook. Be prepared for a breath-taking view at this overlook! Depart from Cracker Barrel at 7:30 am CT. Carpool cost $4.

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