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Hiking Rules & Information

NOTE: Posted departure times mean PROMPT DEPARTURE. Plan to arrive 10-15 minutes early for carpools.

WEDNESDAY HIKE NOTE: Check the Blog each Tuesday Afternoon/Evening and Wednesday Morning Early; It May Be Necessary To Change Some Hikes. Contact Bill Harris at 931-484-9152 for Hike Information.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Wednesday, November 26, 2014, Hike -- Black Mountain

We will do a moderate 6 mile hike from the parking lot at the top of Black Mountain down to Windless Cave and on to Highway 68. Depart from Trinity Tabernacle Church at 8:00 am CT or Highway 68 parking area or Black Mountain parking area. Carpool cost $3. Car shuttle is required.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014, Hike -- Virgin Falls

This is an 8-mile strenuous hike to the 110 foot tall Virgin Falls. Along the way, we will pass a 30-foot waterfall, Big Laurel Falls. There is a stream crossing and some difficult footing on this hike, including the need to cross a rock field at Big Laurel Falls. Depart from Tractor supply at 8:00 am CT. Carpool cost $4.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014, Hike - Fairfield Glade Trails, Crossville, TN

We will hike two new trails and one other trail in Fairfield Glade. First, is the Rotherdam 2 mile wooded trail with some easy to moderate climbs and a view of a water tower. Second, is the Hemlock 2 mile wooded trail with a stream and easy, mostly down hill, hiking to Lake Dartmoor. We then drive to another parking area for the third hike, which is the Overlook 2 mile moderate trail with ups and downs and hiking along Daddy's Creek. Overall a total of about 6 moderate miles. Depart Vanity Fair west parking lot at 8:00 am CT. Gas cost $2. FFG hikers can assemble at the 4-way stop on Peavine Rd by 8:10 am to meet with the Vanity Fair carpoolers. The hike will end around Noon, but, if you bring a lunch (optional), the scenic overlook at the end of the 3rd hike is a good lunch location.

Thursday, December 11, 2014 -- Chapter Christmas Party

Chapter Christmas Party at 4:30 pm CT in Room C, Multi-Purpose Building, Fairfield Glade. Bring hors d'oeuvres, a drink and a “Dirty Santa” gift valued at $15. Contact Linda Barclay at or 931-456-2857 for additional information.
Directions: the Multi-Purpose building is on Lakeview Drive just past the Druid Hills swimming pool. Room C has an outside entrance to the left and at the lower level.

Saturday, December 13, 2014, Hike -- Old Settlers Trail, Great Smoky Mt. National Park, Gatlinburg

This is a 6 mile moderate with a car shuttle. The hike includes several historical features including Baxter Cabin, chimneys, rock walls, a cemetery, and Tyson McCarter Barn. The terrain is up and down with a 1000 ft elevation gain. Be prepared for several creek crossings. Bring water, snacks, lunch, dry socks, and hiking boots. We will stop at the Smoky Mountain Brewery after the hike for dinner. Depart from Vanity Fair in Crossville at 8:00 am CT.  For more information and to register contact Cheryl Heckler at or 931-200-7436. Gas cost $12.

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