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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 25, 2016, Hike -- Greeter Falls, Savage Gulf State Natural Area

This is a 7 mile moderate hike. A shuttle will be required. The hike will start at Greeter Falls and then continue along the Big Creek Rim. We will end at the Stone Door Ranger Station. Depart from Tractor Supply at 8:00 am CT. Carpool is $7.

Wednesday, June 1,2016, Hike -- Burnt Mill Bridge to Honey Creek Trailhead

This is a 6-7 mile moderate hike with a shuttle is required. We will stop for lunch at R.M. Brooks General Store in Rugby. Depart Cracker Barrel at 7:30am CT. Carpool cost $6.

Saturday, June 4, 2016, Hike -- National Trails Day Hike

Our hike starts at the Daddy’s Creek section of the Cumberland Trail, Hebbertsburg. This is an in and out hike of approximately 6 miles on a newly constructed section of the Cumberland Trail. The hike is rated moderate due to the length, but is fairly flat, except for the gentle descent into the Daddy’s Creek Gorge. At about 1 ½ miles, we come to an overlook of the gorge, and then at about 2 miles, we reach Daddy’s Creek. The trail follows Daddy’s Creek for about another 1½ miles to the site of a fire ring. Along this section, the creek is to one side and there are several rock ledges along the other side. Come celebrate National Trails Day and hike the trail that was built with a combination of a mechanized Ditch Witch, paid trail crew and volunteer labor. If there is sufficient interest, a shortened version of this hike may be offered. However, to reach the creek would be about 4 miles in and out. To carpool, depart from Cracker Barrel in Crossville at 8:00am CT. Carpool $3.  Bring water, wear appropriate shoes/boots, and bring snacks. Contact Carolyn Miller at 931-260-6674 or to register and for more information.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016, Hike -- Foster Falls, Coke Ovens, Fiery Gizzard Day Loop

Wednesday's hike will be the Foster Falls Climber's loop near Tracy City. There will also be a side trip to nearby abandoned coke ovens. Following lunch we will hike the 2 mi Fiery Gizzard day loop. Total hiking distance will be about 7 miles. The climbers loop is fairly difficult terrain, but the coke oven and day loop terrain ranges from easy to moderate. Depart Trinity Tabernacle Church at 7:30 am CT. Carpool cost $8.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016, Hike -- Old Stone Fort and Short Springs

We will have two hikes for a total of 6 -7 miles of moderate hiking (each hike is approximately 3.5 miles in length). The Old Stone Fort is a loop trail circling a two thousand year old stone wall built by ancient American natives. There is also a nice museum. The Short Springs hike features a short hike to a waterfall. Depart from Tractor Supply at 7:30 am CT. We will lunch at Jiffy Burger in Manchester. Carpool cost is $7.

Saturday, June 18, 2016, Hike -- GSMNP Gregory Ridge Trail, Cades Cove

This is an 11 mile strenuous hike up Gregory Ridge Trail with a 3020' elevation gain to see the flaming azaleas and panoramic views on Gregory Bald. Wear hiking boots and bring water and lunch. Depart from Crossville Outlet Center at 8:00am CT. Carpool $8. Contact Cheryl Heckler at or 931-200-7430 to register and for additional information.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016, Hike -- John Litton Loop

The John Litton loop is about a 7 mile long hike with some small waterfalls and some rock formations along the way. The trail is named for John Litton who settled in the area around 1900 and his dwelling and outbuildings are still standing. The hike is rated moderate. Depart from behind Cracker Barrel at 7:30am CT. Gas cost $5.00.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016, Hike -- Pickett Palooza

We will combine several of Pickett's short trails for a total of between 5-6 miles of hiking. We'll see a couple large natural rock bridges, several rock houses, and have two short ladders to negotiate.  Depart from behind Cracker Barrel at 7:30am CT. Gas cost $5.

Saturday, May 21, 2016


Saturday, May 21, 2016 -- Virgin Falls, DeRossett

Depart from Tractor Supply  8:00am CT.  This is an 8-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, so the hike may be canceled or changed due to high water, snow or ice. Wear boots; bring food for lunch and snacks and water. Meet at 8 am CT in front of the Tractor Supply store.
  Wear hiking boots and bring water and lunch. Carpool cost $9. Contact Cheryl Heckler at or 931-200-7430 to register and for additional information. Photos: Pat

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