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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 - contact Bruce Whitehead at or 941-716-3620.

Note 3: BSF 100 Mile Challenge Site -

Friday, September 30, 2016

Wednesday, August 31, 2016, Hike -- Oscar Blevins/Sunset Loop

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 7:30am CT. Carpool cost $5.

Saturday, September 3, 2016, Hiking Marathon Hikes -- Good Samaritan/Hemlock/Rotherham Trails and Forest Trail Hike -- NOTE PARKING LOT CHANGE BELOW

These are easy to moderate hikes in FFG. We'll do the 2.8 mi Good Samaritan/Rotherham/Hemlock Trails first, followed by the 2 mi Forest Trail. The trails are wooded with some interesting rock formations. Depart at 8:00am CT from the Cumberland Eye Center parking lot, comer of Peavine and Fairfield Blvd (one block past 4-way stop at Peavine Rd and Stonehenge Dr). Optionally, meet at the trailhead parking lot on Rotherham Dr at 8:10am. For information contact Deb Westervelt at 931-267-2243.

Thursday, September 29, 2016


Saturday, August 20, 2016

Saturday, August 20, 2016, Hike -- Parch Corn Creek, Big South Fork, Oneida, KY

This is a 7.1 mile difficult hike.  We will join a park ranger at the end of Duncan Hollow Road at 9:00 a.m. (ET) for a hike to Parch Corn Creek. We'll talk about wild boar destruction to our natural resources, visit the grave site of an early settler, have lunch at an old home site on Parch Corn Creek, and end our hike on the John Muir Trail back to where we started. Bring water, snacks, lunch, bug spray, and wear comfortable shoes for hiking.  Depart from Cracker Barrel off of I-40 Exit 317 at 6:30am CT. Contact Cheryl Heckler at or 931-200-7436 to carpool from Crossville.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Wednesday, August 17, 2016, Hike -- Rock Island State Park

We will do 3 - 4 short hikes at Rock Island State Park for around 5 miles, and then have lunch at the Rock Island Deli (good inexpensive country food). Depart Tractor Supply at 7:30 am CT. Carpool cost $5. Photos: Clark

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Wednesday, August 10, 2016, Hike -- Middle Creek & Needle Arch

Middle Creek and Needle Arch hike in Big South Fork is 6 miles, rated moderate. Hike includes Indian Rockhouse, other rockhouses, and Needle Arch. This hike will require a short car shuttle. Depart from Cracker Barrel at 7:30a.m. CT. Carpool cost $5. Photos: Clark

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Saturday, August 6, 2016 -- Nantahala River rafting, Bryson City, North Carolina

This is an 8.5 mile full river trip, approximately 3 - 31/2 hours with about 2 - 21/2 hrs in the water with Adventurous Fast Rivers Company. Arrive by 12:30 ET to start rafting at 1:30.  No bare feet; shoes need to be strapped shoes and not sandals that could easily slip off. We guarantee you will get wet and YOU will have a blast!!! Cost is $35.00 (includes tax and river fee) per person. We have a minimum 10 person requirement to keep that price per person. Meet at Vanity Fair parking lot at 8:00am CT; we will stop for lunch on our way. For more information and to register, contact Sigrun at 931-787-7267 or Let me know ASAP if you plan to attend so that I may ensure we have space for everyone.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Wednesday, August 3, 2016, Hike -- Gentleman's Swimming Hole & Colditz Cove

This is a combined 3.5 mile moderate hike. Colditz Cove features a pristine 1.5 mile loop to the 60 foot high Northrop Falls. A short drive brings us to the Gentlemen’s Swimming Hole for an additional 2 mile hike. After the hikes, we will stop for lunch at a place to be determined. Depart from Cracker Barrel at 7:30am CT. Carpool cost $5.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Wednesday, July 27, 2016, Hike -- Point Trail (Lilly Bluffs) and 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 7:30am CT. Carpool cost $4. Photos: Clark

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Saturday, July 23, 2016, Hike -- Dicks Gap Falls and Big Spring Falls, Big South Fork, Stearns, KY

This is a 7.2 mile in/back out hike that climbs to the scenic Catawaba Overlook, passes Dicks Gap Falls and reaches a waterfall in Big Spring Hollow. The 60' Big Spring Falls spills halfway down to splash down on a rock ledge before the second drop into a pool at the base. We have an option to do a separate short easy hike to Split Bow Arch (1.3 miles round trip) and a short easy hike to Bear Creek Overlook (0.5 miles round trip) to a panoramic river overlook. If we add the two short hikes, we will hike a total of 10 miles. If some choose not to add the additional 1.8 miles we can plan separate carpools at the meeting location. Depart from Cracker Barrel at 7:00am CT. Carpool cost $8. Contact Cheryl Heckler at or 931-200-7436 to register and for additional information.

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