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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.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Wednesday, October 1, 2014, Hike -- Charlie's Bunion in the Smoky Mountains

This is one of the best fall colors hikes in the Smokies. It is a moderate to difficult 8.1 mile roundtrip. The steady climb over the course of the first two miles of this hike will quickly leave the crowds at Newfound Gap behind. There are some grand views of the North Carolina mountains and outstanding views of Mount LeConte and Myrtle Point towards the northwest on the way to your destination. Charlies Bunion is a rock outcropping and offers spectacular views of the mountains to the north, Mt. Kephart and the Jump Off to the west, and Mount Guyot towards the east. The trail gains 1000' elevation in 3 miles before descending 500' in a mile to the Bunion. This is reversed on the way back. Bring a light lunch to eat on the trail since we plan to eat at a restaurant on the way back to Crossville. Depart from Vanity Fair at 7:00 am CT due to the distance to the trailhead. Carpool cost is $13.

Saturday, October 4, 2014, Festival -- Hit the Trails Festival, Fairfield Glade, TN

Hit the trails in Fairfield Glade from 10:00am to 3:00 pm CT is an annual festival with over 20 booths on hiking trails and outdoor related activities or organizations, live music,and concession stands. There will be a booth for TTA & CTC. For more information contact John Conrad at or (931) 287-0244. Also check out the website -

Wednesday, October 8, 2014, Hike -- Hidden Passage

This is an 8 mile moderate hike over relatively flat terrain with water falls and nice overlooks on the way. Depart Cracker Barrel at 7:30 am CT. Carpool cost is $6.

Thursday, October 9, 2014 -- Chapter Meeting

Time: 6:00 pm CT.

Place: First United Methodist Annex, 69 Neecham St, Crossville

Program: Friends of the Mid Cumberland Trail

Dinner: Gondola's Restaurant, Woodmere Mall, Crossville at 4:45 pm CT. 

Contact: Chapter Chair, Cheryl Heckler at, or 931-200-7436 for additional information.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014, Hike -- Virgin Falls

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. Depart from Tractor supply at 7:30 am CT. Carpool cost $4.

Saturday, October 18, 2014, Hike -- Blue Heron Loop, Revelo, KY

A moderately difficult 6.4 mile hike. The loop features two of the Big South Fork's best river gorge overlooks. Two interesting things to see along the trail are the Devils Jump rapids and Crack-in-the-rock.  The trail passes through the Blue Heron coal mining exhibit that serves as the terminus for the Big South Fork Scenic Railway. Depart from Vanity Fair at 8:00 am CT. For more information and to register, contact Curt Thomas at 931-260-2140 or by email at curtethomas@frontiernet.netCarpool cost $10.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014, Hike -- Walls Of Jericho (TN-AL Border)

This is an 8 to 9 mile strenuous hike with a great view at the end. It will be a long day as it is about a 2 1/2 hour one-way drive, but worth the time. Depart Tractor Supply at 7:00 am CT. Carpool cost is $14.

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