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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.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Saturday, December 10, 2016 – Plateau Chapter Christmas Party

Come and enjoy the fun and food from 4:00pm to 7:00pm CT across from the Fairfield Glade Community Library, upstairs in the Multi-Purpose Building. Bring a dish to share. We will have a “Dirty Santa Christmas” gift exchange. If you want to participate in the gift exchange, and to ensure everyone will receive a nice gift, bring a gift-wrapped item of around $15. We will also have our 1st 50-50 drawing, where three persons will share 50% of the pot. Tickets can be purchased at the party for $5 each or 3 tickets for $10 (a GREAT bargain). With the $120 now in the pot and after party purchases, the pot should exceed $200. For more information contact Carol Q at or 931-484-4230.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016, Hike -- Obed River Gorge (2 Hike Options)

OPTION 1: This 6 mile hike will begin with the Point Trail, and slightly before the end of the trail, you will lower by rope a few feet to the base of a cliff used frequently by rock climbers. You will continue a couple of miles along the cliffs with some great views. The trail is rugged with a lot of rocks to cross, but well worth it.
OPTION 2: A shorter, easier 4 mile version will be the Point Trail and exploring the top of the cliffs.
GENERAL INFO: Depart from Vanity Fair west parking lot at 8:00am CT. Carpool cost $3.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016, Hike -- Bald River Falls-Tellico Plains (2 Hike Options)

OPTION 1: This is a moderate 6 mile hike from the Holly Flats Campsite on Forest Road 126 back to Bald River Falls. Plan for a long car shuttle.
OPTION 2: Get dropped off at Bald River Falls and hike the trail for a shorter in-and-out hike while other hikers shuttle to their trailhead. There will be time to walk up the road to observe kayakers (if any) on the river.
GENERAL INFO: If there is enough interest, we can have dinner after the hike in either Tellico Plans or Sweetwater. Depart at 8:00am CT from Trinity Tabernacle Church on Highway 127 south in Crossville. Carpool cost $8.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016


Wednseday, December 7, 2016, Walk -- FFG Stonehenge Golf Course

We will do a moderate 5 mile walk on the Stonehenge Golf Course in FFG. You will be walking on paved golf cart paths. There will be nice views of the golf course, Lake Dartmoor, homes, and a challenging down and up hill to climb. Hiking clothes and boots are not required. Those not living in FFG will depart from the Cracker Barrel rear parking at 8:00am CT. Carpool cost $2. Directions: take I-40 to Exit 322. Proceed east on Peavine Rd to the 4-way STOP at the center of FFG. Turn left onto Stonehenge Drive for a few 100 ft. to another 4-way STOP. Continue straight past the Conference Center and the Wellness Center another few 100 ft. to Village Drive. Turn right on Village Drive until you see the entrance to the Stonehenge Golf Course entrance on the left. Turn left and park in the golf course parking lot. Those living in FFG arrive at the Stonehenge parking lot at 8:15am CT to meet with the carpools from Crossville. The walk will end before Noon. The Village Green Mall offers a Mexican Restaurant and an Italian Restaurant if you would like to have lunch in FFG.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Saturday, December 3, 2016, Hike - Black Mountain, Cumberland Trail (2 Hike Options)

OPTION 1: A 5 mile moderately strenuous hike. Joint hike with the East TN Chapter. We will begin at the parking lot at the top of Black Mountain and head out on the first half of the loop trail stopping for a look at the southern overlook. We then descend through the “rock gateway” of rising narrow bluffs and house sized boulders. We continue down the mountain to Windless Cave where we will have lunch. At this point, hikers wishing for a shorter hike (5 miles) can return to the parking lot via the same route. 
OPTION 2: Hikers willing to continue for an additional 3 miles will hike to the SR#68 trailhead and return via the same route. Upon ascending the bluffs, we return to the parking lot via the north side of the loop trail, stopping at the northern overlook.
GENERAL INFO: Bring water, lunch, sturdy boots, and $3 for carpooling. Depart from Trinity Tabernacle at 8:30am CT. For more information and to register contact Cheryl Heckler at 931-200-7436 or

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Wednesday, November 23, 2916, Hike -- Brady Mountain (Short hike before Thanksgiving)

The Brady Mountain hike is approximately 6 difficult miles with a 1,000 foot altitude change. The hike includes nice overlooks, rock formations, and an airplane crash. Depart Trinity Tabernacle Church at 8:00am CT, or meet us at the Hwy 68 trail-head/pullout just before Grassy Cove. Gas cost is $3.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Wednesday, November 16, 2016, Hike -- Hidden Passage Pickett SP

This is an 8-9 mile moderate hike over relatively flat terrain with water falls and nice overlooks on the way. Depart Cracker Barrel at 8:00am CT. Carpool cost is $5. Photos: Linda

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Saturday, November 12, 2016, Hike -- Yahoo Falls-Alum Ford Loop, Big South Fork, Whitley City, KY

Yahoo Falls-Alum Ford Loop is a 10-11 mile difficult hike. We will start at Alum Ford river access and go south on Sheltowee Trace Trail along the Big South Fork River. At Negro Creek Trail we hike uphill for 2+ miles to get out of the gorge. Then we cross Hwy 700 and continue on Yahoo Arch Trail. We pass an optional side trail to Marker's Arch for 0.5 miles one way. Next we hike on to Yahoo Arch and then to our finale of Yahoo Falls for great photo opportunities and a history story about Princess Cornblossom. Yahoo Falls is the tallest water fall in the BSF and all of Kentucky. We will finish our hike back to Alum Ford along Yahoo creek. This loop has numerous creek crossings, a long uphill climb and confusing trail signs. Wear hiking boots and dress for the weather. Hiking poles are recommended. Bring lunch, snacks and plenty of water. Due to the long drive and less daylight at this time of the year we will depart from Cracker Barrel at 7:00am CT. There is a 2 hour drive to the trail head. Carpool cost $8. For more info and to register contact Curt Thomas at or 931-260-2140.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Wednesday, November 9, 2016, Hike -- Cardwell Mountain

Cardwell Mountain is a detached piece of the Cumberland Plateau that rises 1000 feet above the scenic Collins River. A part of the historic Trail of Tears, the trail climbs to the massive bluffs and boulders atop the mountain. It is a 5.5 mile loop hike rated moderate to difficult. Depart from Tractor Supply at 8:00 am CT. Carpool is $6.

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