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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.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Saturday, January 21, 2017, Hike -- Hebbertsburg Daddy's Creek, Cumberland Trail, Crab Orchard

This hike will start off with a 1 mile easy hike to the Daddy's Creek overlook, and then continue down to Daddy's Creek, and will run alongside Daddy's creek, and travel through the Wolf Den Rocks campsite, and then climb up to the border of the Keyes-Harrison TWA line, and turn around and go back for a total of 7 miles. There is some elevation so this hike is rated moderate. Wear boots and bring water, lunch and snacks. Depart at 8:00am CT from Vanity Fair Outlet Mall west parking lot. Carpool cost $3. Note: We will swing by the FFG 4-way STOP around 8:15 to pick up those that live in FFG. Contact Sigrun Brickle at or 931-787-7267 for additional information and to register.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017, Hike -- Twin Arches (Big South Fork, Jamestown, TN)

This is a 6 mile moderately strenuous hike due to the flights of stairs and the continual climb from Charit Creek. The Twin Arches are the largest arches in Big South Fork and quite possibly in the Eastern United States. The South Arch is the highest at 100 feet. After visiting the arches, we pass through several huge rock houses along the base of the cliffs as we wind our way to Jake’s Place, the remains of a mid-1800’s house and farm. Then we follow the creek to Charit Creek Lodge. Bring your lunch to eat on the Charit Creek Lodge porch. Then we ascend 500 ft. in almost a mile as we climb from Charit Creek, past the arches, and to the trailhead. Depart from Cracker Barrel at 8:00am CT. Carpool cost $5.

Saturday, January 28, 2017, Hike -- Piney Falls and Stinging Fork State Natural Areas, Grandview and Spring City

 These two hikes are being combined to give a total hiking distance of about 7 miles.  Piney Falls is a 3 mile round trip hike that features the 80 foot tall Upper Piney Falls. Stinging Fork State Natural Area is about 10 miles from Piney Falls and features a 35-foot waterfall and cascade at the end of the 1 ½ mile trail. Due to some elevation gain and possibly slick rocks, the hike is rated moderate. Wear boots, and bring water, lunch and snacks. Depart at 8:00am CT from Trinity Tabernacle Church on Highway 127 South. Carpool cost $3. Contact Chapter Chair, Cheryl Heckler at or 931-200-7436 for additional information and to register.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017


Wednesday, January 18, 2017, Hike -- Board Camp Creek

We will park alongside Highway 111 outside Dunlap, and do a moderate hike along Board Camp Creek and back for a total of about 7.5 miles. Those wanting a shorter hike can do a shorter in and out on the same trail.  Depart Trinity Tabernacle Church at 8:00am CT. Carpool cost $5.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Wednesday, January 4, 2017, Hike -- Heiss Mountain (Between Dunlap and Soddy Daisy, TN)

This is a 6-7 mile moderate to strenuous in-and-out hike. We will cross Possum Creek on Polyfiber Bridge, walk along a bluff line, pass an abandoned coal mine to an overlook, and then return. Depart from Trinity Tabernacle Church at 8:00am CT. Carpool cost $5.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

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 21, 2016

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. Photos: Clark

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Wednesday, December 14, 2016, Hike -- Scenic Coal Mining Hike and Burgess Falls

We have been given permission to do a moderate 4 mile hike on private property off the Sparta Highway in White County. This hike has some great bluffs, waterfalls, coal mines, tipples, and coal mining history. Next we will carpool to Burgess Falls SP. At Burgess Falls there will be a 1.5-mile round-trip moderately strenuous hike to see four waterfalls on the Falling Water River. The waterfalls are 20' cascades, 30' upper falls, 80' middle falls, and 136' lower falls in height.  Depart Tractor Supply at 8:00 am CT. Carpool cost $4. Photos: Pat1, Pat2, Pat3

Saturday, December 10, 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 and your own beverage. 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.

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