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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 - Primary contact Bruce Whitehead at or 941-716-3620, or Secondary contact Bill Harris at 931-484-9152.

Note 3: BSF 100 Mile Challenge Site -

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Wednesday, May 4, 2016, Hike -- Cloudland Canyon, GA

This is about 7.5 miles of moderate hike with nice overlooks, waterfalls, and possibly several wildflowers. Located on the western edge of Lookout Mountain, this is one of the most scenic parks in Georgia. We will do a car shuttle. Depart from Trinity Tabernacle Church at 7:30am CT. Carpool cost is $8. There will also be a $5 per vehicle charge to enter the park.

Friday, May 6, 2016, Hike -- Area History Tour

On this year's History Tour we will visit: the Railroad Museum in Monterey, the Civil War House north of Monterey, a late 1800's to early 1900's community in Rickman, TN, visit the Champ Ferguson grave site, a very old Sparta cemetery, White County History Museum, and finally a visit to the Calfkiller Brewery (tasting included). We will also have lunch at Yanni's in Sparta. Depart Tractor Supply at 8:00am CT.

Saturday, May 7, 2016, Hike -- Bald River Falls, Tellico Plains, TN

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. If there is enough interest, we can have dinner after the hike in either Tellico Plans or Sweetwater. Wear boots; bring water, lunch and snacks.  Depart at 8:00am CT from Trinity Tabernacle on Highway 127 South in Crossville. Carpool cost $8. For more information and to register, contact Bill Harris at 931-484-9152.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016, Hike -- Little River to Cucumber Gap to Jake's Creek Trail in GSMNP

This hike is a combination of three trails in GSMNP for a total of 5.5 miles. We start along Little River Trail and enjoy a pretty river moving through various sized rocks. Next, we'll take the Cucumber Trail through old growth Forest, Tulip Poplars, Rhododendrons, and wild flowers. Last, we'll turn back to the parking area on Jake's Gap Trail, and walk past historic old summer homes to our cars. Hike is rated moderate due to an approximately 450 ft. climb in 1.3 miles of the Cucmber Gap Trail. Depart from Cracker Barrel at 7:30am CT. Carpool cost $8.

Sunday, May 1, 2016


Sunday, May 1, 2016, Excursion -- Bon Air History Fair

This year's History Fair and Tour will feature a bus tour to the Ravenscroft and Glade Creek Mining communities. You can also view the new walking trail through the Ravenscroft mine ruins. Tour bus will start running at 1:15pm CT. Depart from Tractor Supply at 12:00pm CT or meet us at Bon de Croft School by 12:45pm CT.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Wednesday, April 27, 2016, Hike -- Collins West

This is a strenuous 7 mile hike with spectacular scenery such as waterfalls, bluff overlooks, and rock formations. There should also be diverse and abundant wild flowers. Depart Trinity Tabernacle Church at 8:00am CT. Carpool is $7.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Saturday, April 23, 2016, BSF 100 Mile Challenge Hike -- Longfield Branch Trail to Maude’s Crack, Big South Fork

Depart from Vanity Fair at 7:00am CT. Carpool cost $6. The early departure is to get to the trailhead by 10:00am ET. Ranger Mary will lead us on the trail from Longfield Branch to Boyatt Homeplace and then on to John Muir Overlook giving us a history talk along the way. The John Muir overlook will be the lunch stop. Ranger Mary will return the same way with the other hikers. We will venture on our own to Maude's Crack for a total loop of 7 miles rated moderate because of the rugged terrain, a stream crossing, and one climb. Wear hiking boots and bring water and lunch. Contact Cheryl Heckler at or 931-200-7430 to register and for additional information.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Wednesday, April 20, 2016, Hike -- Pogue Creek, Picket State Park

This is a moderate, Ranger led, 5 mile hike on a mostly new trail built by the Amish in February. A shuttle will be required. Depart from Cracker Barrel at 8:00am CT. Carpool cost is $5. Photos: Cheryl

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Friday-Sunday, April 15-17, 2016, Hikes at Maggie Valley, NC

Three wonderful hikes in the Maggie Valley, NC area were planned by Cheryl Heckler, our TTA Plateau Chairwomen. Hikes included a 6.5 mile Smokemont Loop, an 8 mile Cataloochee Divide Loop, and a 6.5 mile Mouse Creek Falls in-and-out trail. A wonderful time was had by all in Maggie Valley. Photos: Wayne, Clark, Pat1, Pat2, Cheryl

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