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JULY 2020 HIKES


Wed July 8 - Sinkhole and Boulder Trails - Oak Ridge, TN.  The Sinkhole Trail is 1.3 mi and the Boulder Trail is 1.5 mi. Both trails are moderate. (SEE (Hiking Project App)  Short Hike: 3 mi in/out. Long Hike:  6 mi in/out.  Depart 7:30 am CDST from Vanity Fair Outlet Mall SW parking lot in Crossville, cpc 6.  Don’t forget tick/bug spray and sunscreen. Pack water, snacks and lunch.  For additional information contact the hike coordinator, Deb Westervelt, at plateauhikes@tennesseetrails.org or text/call 931-267-2243.


Sat July 11 - CT Ross Gap Bird Mountain, Frozen Head State  Park.   Short Hike: 4-5 mi moderate in/out.  Long Hike: 7-8 mi moderate to strenuous (loop or in/out). Start from the Ross Gap Trailhead. Ross Gap is the easiest access point along the crest of Bird Mountain to the Cumberland Trail, and some historic coal mine benches, and an old coal mine retention pond.  Just beyond the pond, the CT crosses an old coal road that drops to the left to intersect the England Mountain Coal Bench. Other features are a large mushroom-shaped rock and the thick sandstone layer has created a set of pedestal steps that mark the beginning of a series of sheer sandstone bluffs.  Also a fine view into Emory River Valley and a shapely arch high in the bluff  called “Castle Rocks West”.
Don’t forget tick/bug spray and sunscreen. Pack water, snacks and lunch. Depart 7:30 am CDST from Vanity Fair Outlet Mall SW parking lot in Crossville, cpc 5.  For additional information contact the hike coordinator, Deb Westervelt, text/call 931-267-2243 or email plateauhikes@tennesseetrails.org.


Wed July 15 - CT Catoosa Section, Peavine Trailhead Toward Devil's Breakfast Table, Hebbettsburg, TN.  Short hike: 4-5 easy mi in/out.  Long hike: 6-7mi easy to strenuous in/out. Depart 7:30am  CDST from Vanity Fair Outlet Mall SW parking lot in Crossville OR 7:45am from the Dollar Tree parking lot on Peavine Rd just before Food City, cpc 2.  Pack water and snacks.  Don’t forget tick/bug spray and sunscreen.  For additional information contact the hike coordinator, Deb Westervelt, plateauhikes@tennesseetrails.org
 or text/call 931-267-2243.  


Wed July 22 - Survival Class - Edible Plants, Grassy Cove, TN.  CLASS IS FULL WITH WAITING LIST.   John Ford will teach us free of charge how to survive if lost in the woods and what plants and roots we can eat.  The class is limited to 14 people, and we will drive to 2-3 nearby locations.  John tries to cover rich woodlands, fields and wetlands. Whatever you normally bring for hiking would be good, field guide(optional) plus pen and paper. John will require everybody to sign a release form/waiver. Class should last around 4 hours not including driving time.  Don’t forget tick/bug spray and sunscreen. Pack water, snacks. Depart at 7:30am CDST from Dorton United Methodist Church 1mi East of Peavine Rd on HY 70E, cpc 2. To sign up text/call Deb 931-267-2243.


Saturday July 25  - Melton Lake Greenway, Oak Ridge, TN Short Hike: 4-5 easy in/out mi.  Long Hike: 7 mi easy in/out.  Trail follows the coastline of Melton Lake. (See All Trails App)  Depart 7:30am CDST from Vanity Fair Outlet Mall SW parking lot in Crossville, cpc 6. Don’t forget tick/bug spray and sunscreen. Pack water, snacks and lunch.  For additional information contact the hike coordinator, Deb Westervelt, plateauhikes@tennesseetrails.org or text/call 931-267-2243.


Wed July 29 - East Lakeshore, Morgantown,  TN and Sweet Valley Farm Cheese Shop, Pittsburgh,  TN.  Trailhead is located at East Coast Tellico Parkway and Peterson Rd. The 5.1mi  trail follows the Little Tennessee River and we can do a car shuttle or in/out. Bring a small cooler to keep your cheese purchases in. Don’t forget tick/bug spray and sunscreen. Pack water, snacks and lunch.  Depart 7:30am CDST from Vanity Fair Outlet Mall SW parking lot in Crossville, cpc 7.  For additional information, contact the hike coordinator, Deb Westervelt,    text/call 931-267-2243 or email plateauhikes@tennesseetrails.org.  

AUGUST HIKES
Saturday Aug 1 - Pickett State Park, Jamestown,TN - Hazard, Natural Bridge & Indian Rockhouse Trails.  We'll wind our way around the 3 trails for about 5 easy miles starting from the Hazard Cave Trailhead. Gas cost is $5.  Bring water, snacks and lunch. Don’t forget tick/bug spray and sunscreen.  Depart 7:30 am CDST from Cracker Barrel's rear lot in Crossville.  For additional information contact the hike coordinator, Deb Westervelt, plateauhikes@tennesseetrails.org or text/call 931-267-2243.


Wed August 5 - New uncompleted Section of CT from Stinging Fork Trailhead toward Head of Sequachie - Spring City, TN.  We'll see how far the trail has been completed in/out then if we want, hike to Stinging Fork Falls for an added 3 miles.  Short Hike: 3 mi in/out. Long Hike:  6 mi in/out.  Depart 7:30 am CDST from Trinity Tabernacle parking lot off HY 127S, one mile South of downtown Crossville.  Gas cost is $3.  Don’t forget tick/bug spray and sunscreen. Pack water, snacks and lunch.  For additional information contact the hike coordinator, Deb Westervelt, at plateauhikes@tennesseetrails.org or text/call 931-267-2243.


Wednesday August 12 - Whites Creek Natural Area, Rockwood, TN - The Whites Creek 3.5 mi trail begins along the shoreline and continues as a woodland walk along the ridge tops overlooking the Watts Bar reservoir of the Tennessee River.  The hike is rated moderate due several hill climbs to get your heart pumping.  Then we will visit Fort Southwest Point in Kingston for a short walk and some exploring. This is the only federal era 18th Century Fort in Tennessee reconstructed on the original foundation.  Pack water and  snacks.  We'll eat lunch at Courtney's Diner in Harriman on our way to the Fort.  Don’t forget tick/bug spray and sunscreen.  Depart 7:30 am CDST from Trinity Tabernacle parking lot off HY 127S, one mile South of downtown Crossville.  Gas cost $5.  For additional information contact the hike coordinator, Deb Westervelt, text/call 931-267-2243 or email plateauhikes@tennesseetrails.org. 


Wednesday August 19 - University of TN Arboretum Loop Trail - Oak Ridge, TN.  We will hike the 5 mile loop which is off HY 62 (See All Trails App).   Don’t forget tick/bug spray and sunscreen. Pack water, lunch and snacks.  Depart at 7:30am CDST from Dorton United Methodist Church 1mi East of Peavine Rd on HY 70E.  Gas cost $5.  For info text/call Deb 931-267-2243 or email plateauhikes@tennesseetrails.org. 


Wednesday August 26  - Rock Island State Park, Moonshine .6 mi, Twin Falls 1.6 mi, Upstream. 5 mi, Eagle Trail 1.5 mi - Rock Island, TN. We will cobble several short trails together and eat lunch at the local cafe. There are multiple waterfalls to see. Short Hike: 4 mi easy.   Long Hike: 5.2 mi easy.   Depart 7:30am CDST from Tractor Supply parking lot in Crossville. Don’t forget tick/bug spray and sunscreen. Pack water and snacks. Gas cost $5.  For additional information contact the hike coordinator, Deb Westervelt, plateauhikes@tennesseetrails.org or text/call 931-267-2243.


Saturday August 29 - Big South Fork - Rock Creek, John Muir and Tunnel Trails - Jamestown, TN.  We will hike 5 in/out moderate miles on a new route to the Tunnel which is near the Hidden Passage Trail.  Don’t forget tick/bug spray and sunscreen. Pack water, snacks and lunch.  Depart 7:30 am CDST from Cracker Barrel's rear lot in Crossville.  Gas cost is $6.  For additional information, contact the hike coordinator, Deb Westervelt,    text/call 931-267-2243 or email plateauhikes@tennesseetrails.org.  


Looking ahead -  January 9, 2021 joint hike with Soddy Daisy Chapter.  Flats Mountain Trail in Cherokee National Forest. 

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