TTA Plateau Chapter
Hikes, Excursions, Announcements, and Other 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.
Thursday, April 30, 2015
This moderate to difficult hike will start at the Panther Branch trailhead, stop at Debord Falls, and make a side trip to Emory Gap Falls, before continuing up the picturesque Panther Branch for one of the best sections of the park to see many different varieties of wildflowers. We will then pick up Old North Mac trail to have lunch at an overlook before proceeding down to the Picnic area parking. The hike is rated moderate due to a steady climb of about 1,000 feet over 2.5 miles on Panther Branch. The one-way hike is approximately 6 miles with a one-mile car shuttle. Depart from Vanity Fair Outlet at 8:00 am CT. Carpool cost is $5.
Program: Permaculture and Worm Farms by Diane Morey
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or 931-200-7436 for additional information.
This is about a 9 mile hike from Leatherwood Ford to O&W Bridge, on to Devil's Den, and Eye-of-the-Needle, which may be the most unique feature in Big South Fork. Part of the trail is a muddy, eroded horse trail, but it is worth the trip. Depart from Cracker Barrel at 8:00 am CT. Carpool cost is $5.
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. The hike is approximately 8 miles and rated moderate to difficult because of the rugged terrain, a stream crossing, and two climbs. Water shoes may be necessary to wade through water. Depart Cracker Barrel at 8:00 am CT. Carpool cost is $5.