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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.


Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Wednesday, May 27, 2015, Hike -- Board Camp Creek

We will park alongside Highway 111 outside Dunlap, and do a moderate 7 mile hike to Board Camp Creek and back. Depart Trinity Tabernacle Church at 8:00 am CT. Carpool cost $5.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015, Hike -- Point Trail / Boulder Fields

This is an in-and-out moderate 5 mile hike to the point where Clear Creek and Obed River join, and back. We will also explore the Boulder Fields. Depart the Vanity Fair west parking lot at 8:00 am CT. Carpool cost $4.

Saturday, June 6, 2015, Hike -- Piney River Trail, Cumberland Trail, Spring City (National Trails Day Hike)

Piney River Trail, 8.5 mile moderate to strenuous (due to the length hike) with a 5 mile car shuttle. The hike will start at the southern Newby Branch Trailhead and has a 772 feet elevation loss. The trail passes through dense mountain laurel, rhododendron, hemlock, and hardwood forest. Waterfalls, cascades, rock houses, and bluffs abound along the trail. An old mine, an old narrow-gage railroad bed, five bridges across various streams, and a 100-foot suspension bridge across the Piney River offer the hiker many beautiful views and photographic opportunities. To register for this hike contact Marcy Tucker at matuck42@aol.com or (561) 762-5759. Depart from Trinity Tabernacle, 2028 S Main Street, Crossville, TN at 7:45 am CT to carpool to the trail head, or meet at the Piney River Picnic Area on Shut In Gap Rd in Spring City, TN at 8:30 am CT. Carpool cost $3.

Saturday, June 6, 2015, Hike -- Soak Creek Trail, Cumberland Trail, Spring City (National Trails Day Hike)


Soak Creek Trail, 5 mile easy to moderate in and out hike. Since this trail is not yet open to the public, this is an opportunity to explore Soak Creek Gorge to the intersection of Soak Creek and Piney River, and then follow Soak Creek into the Piney Falls State Natural Area. The trail follows an old logging rail line, hugging Soak Creek all the way into the new 1000-acre acquisition for the construction of the Cumberland Trail. To register for this hike contact Carolyn Miller at cardan@frontiernet.net or (931) 260-6674. Depart from Trinity Tabernacle Church, 2028 S Main Street, Crossville, TN at 7:45 am CT to carpool to the trail head, or meet at the Piney River Picnic Area on Shut In Gap Rd in Spring City, TN at 8:30 am CT. Carpool cost $3.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015, Hike -- Middle Creek / Slave Falls

This is a moderate hike of around 9 miles. We will see rock houses, waterfalls, and arches. Depart Cracker Barrel at 7:30 am CT. Carpool cost $5.

Saturday, June 13, 2015, Hike -- Angel Falls Overlook, Big South Fork, Jamestown


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. Wear boots, bring water and lunch. Depart from behind Cracker Barrel at 8:00 am CT. For more information and to register, call Bill Harris at (931) 484-9152. Carpool cost $5.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015, Hike -- Oscar Blevins


Hike through woods to the historic Oscar Blevins farm site, then back to the cars for a short drive to the Sunset Overlook trail for a total of about 6 relatively easy miles. Depart Cracker Barrell at 7:30 am CT. Carpool cost $5.

Monday, June 29, 2015

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Wednesday, May 20, 2015, Hike -- Virgin Falls


This is a 9.5-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.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Saturday, May 16, 2015, Hike – Possum Creek, Cumberland Trail, Soddy Daisy

This 9 mile moderate to strenuous hike is an in and out trail. This is a combined hike with Soddy-Daisy Chapter on the Three Gorges section of the Cumberland Trail. We will start at the Retro Hughes trailhead parking lot. The hike is predominately a pleasant walk in the woods. We will cross a concrete bridge and hike down to Little Possum Creek Falls (aka Imodium Falls) with a plunge pool, so be prepared for a water crossing. Mountain laurel and rhododendrons may be in bloom. Bring water, snacks and lunch. Depart from Trinity Tabernacle Church at 7:00 am CT. Carpool cost is $5. For more information contact Cheryl Heckler at thehecklers@charter.net or 931-200-7436.

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