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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.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Wednesday, April 1, 2015, Hike -- Seven Island State Bird Park

We will do 5-6 easy to moderate miles through where more than 180 species of birds have been sighted. The Park, which encompasses 416 acres along the French Broad River, became TN's 56th state park in September 2013. Your usual hiking attire is appropriate since we will be hiking through fields on dirt paths. The Park is about 19 miles east of Knoxville. Depart from Vanity Fair at 8:00 am CT. Carpool cost is $8.

Saturday, April 4, 2015, Hike -- Devils Race Track to Eagle Bluff, Cumberland Trail

Curt Thomas will lead this 6 mile moderate hike. We will do a car shuttle to Eagle Bluff then hike the Cumberland Mountain ridge top back to Bruce Gap Trailhead near Cove Lake State Park. Along the way we will see fantastic views of the Powell Valley, and, if it is clear, see the Smokies in the distance. There are many overlooks and interesting rock formations along the trail, including the "Devil's Racetrack" which overlooks I-75 and Cove Lake. We will also visit Bruce Gap Falls. Pack your lunch and bring water and enjoy the views with us!  Depart from the parking lot behind Cracker Barrel at 8:00 am CT. Carpool cost is $?. For more info and to register contact Curt Thomas at or 931-260-2140.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015, Hike -- Frozen Head

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.

Thursday, April 9, 2015 -- Chapter Meeting

Time: 6:00 pm CT
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, or 931-200-7436 for additional information.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015, Hike -- Pouge Creek

This is a ranger lead hike. We will do about a 3 hour moderate hike into Pouge Creek.- some areas may be new. If desired, we can also do a little more hiking in the area. Depart Cracker Barrel at 8:00 am CT. Carpool cost is $5.

Saturday, April 18, 2015, Hike -- Soak Creek Gorge, Cumberland Trail, Spring City

Cumberland Trail Ranger, Josh Kuykendall, will lead this 5 mile easy hike from the Piney River Trailhead to the intersection of Soak Creek and Piney River, then follow Soak Creek into the Piney Falls State Natural Area. The trail follows an old logging rail line, hugging picturesque Soak Creek all the way on the new public trail. Wear boots, and bring water, lunch and snacks. Depart at 8:00 am CT from Trinity Tabernacle Church on Highway 127 South. Carpool cot is $?. For more information and register contact Cheryl Heckler at or 931-200-7436.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015, Hike -- O&W Bridge, Devil's Den, and Eye-of-the-Needle

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.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015, Hike -- Maude's Crack, Big South Fork

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.

Saturday, March 28, 2015


Saturday, March 28, 2015, Hike/Excursion -- Sgt Alvin C York State Historic Park and Home in Fentress County and Cordell Hull Memorial State Park and Birthplace in Pickett County

Willie Beaty will lead this hike giving an opportunity to learn about two men who impacted the history of the state of Tennessee in significantly different ways. The total hiking distance at the York Homestead is one mile rated easy and at the Cordell Hull Birthplace the Bunkum Cave Trail is 2.5 miles, rated easy to moderate. Our first stop will be at the General Store-Visitors Center where food and souvenir items are for sale and where we will view a 20-minute video narrated by Walter Cronkite. We will then enjoy a guided tour of the York home across the street. After the home tour we will walk 1/2 mile across the scenic Wolf River on a swinging bridge, past the church where Sgt York was a member and to the cemetery where he is buried. After returning to the York home we will drive across the bridge where we will be able to walk through the York Grist Mill, the only one still standing in the county. From the York Grist Mill we will proceed to the Cordell Hull State Park and Birthplace in Pickett County. We will take time to go through a small museum about Hull’s life, walk a short distance to a replica of the log home in which he was born and view several other outbuildings. From there we will hike to the Bunkum Cave where Cordell Hull’s father made moonshine. Due to restrictions because of White Nose Disease we will not be able to go inside the cave. The trail however, is quite scenic and we should be able to see some early wildflowers. Bring water and lunch or purchase at the general store. Depart at 8:00 am CT from Cracker Barrel. Carpool cost is $5. For more information and register contact Cheryl Heckler at or 931-200-7436. Photos: Pat1, Pat2

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