Cane Creek Falls
February 2019 Scheduled Hikes 

Feb 16 – Hike Change: East Lakeshore - Jackson Bend Branch Trail. This hike will start at Lotterdale Campground entrance road where there is parking space. We will hike about 5 miles along Tellico Lake to an intersection with the East Coast Tellico Parkway. From there we will hike about 1 mile along the Parkway back to our vehicles for a total of 6 miles. This trail is basically flat, gaining about 200 feet, and has a variety of landscapes and scenic views. The hike is rated easy. Meet at Crossville Outlet Center at 7 am to carpool. We will meet the East TN Chapter at trailhead at 8:45 am CT. After the hike we can join the East TN Chapter for a meal or drive back to Crossville. Please pre-register with hike leader Cheryl Heckler via email thehecklers@charter.net or text/call 931-200-7436.

Feb 20 – Fall Creek Falls State Park near Pikeville, TN -  Short Hike:  4.15 easy miles on Gilbert Gual Loop Trail.  Long Hike:  4.15 miles Gilbert Gaul Loop Trail plus 3 moderate miles of the Link Trail along the lake then either backtrack to finish the loop or continue on to a parking area requiring a car shuttle.  Depart 8 am CT Tractor Supply West Ave and Emerson in Crossville. Carpool cost is $6. Pack water, snacks and lunch. For additional information contact the hike coordinator, Deb Westervelt, via email plateauhikes@tennesseetrails.org or text/call 931-267-2243.

Feb 27 – Fall Creek Falls State Park near Pikeville, TN - Short Hike:  4 moderate miles on the Woodland, Overlook and Paw Paw Trails.  Long Hike:  4.6 moderate miles WoodLand, Overlook and Paw Paw Trails plus the strenuous Base Trail to the bottom of the falls. Depart 8 am CT Trinity Tabernacle Church on HY 127 South.  Carpool cost is $6. Pack water, snacks and we will eat lunch at Scotties in downtown Pikeville. For additional information contact the hike coordinator, Deb Westervelt, via email plateauhikes@tennesseetrails.org or text/call 931-267-2243.
March 2019 SCHEDULED HIKES
Mar 2 – Stinging Fork State Natural Areas and Soak Creek, Spring City, TN. These two hikes are being combined to give a total hiking distance of about 7 miles or less.  Stinging Fork State Natural Area features a 35-foot waterfall and cascade at the end of the 1 ½ mile trail. Due to some elevation gain and possibly slick rocks, the hike is rated moderate to difficult.  Wear boots, bring lunch, water and snacks. Depart from Trinity Tabernacle Church, Rt 127 South, in Crossville at 8:00am CT. Carpool cost is $4. Pack water and snack. For additional information contact the hike coordinator, Deb Westervelt, email plateauhikes@tennesseetrails.org or  text/call 931-267-2243.

Mar 6 – Savage Gulf, Gruetli-Laager, TN – Collins Rim Trail.  Long Hike: This is a moderate 8 mile in/out hike with spectacular bluff overlooks and rock formations.  Those wanting a strenuous hike can split off on the Collins West Trail down into the gorge to Horsepound Falls and back for 7 in/out miles.  Short Hike: Hikers will turn around at the 2.5 mi mark. Depart Trinity Tabernacle Church at 7:30 am CT. Carpool cost $7.  For additional information contact the hike coordinator, Deb Westervelt, email plateauhikes@tennesseetrails.org or text/call 931-267-2243. 
Mar 13 – Beckwith’s Point Trail, Piney Point, Shakerag Trail, Bridal Veil Falls, Sewanee, TN  These hikes are 6 miles total. Rated moderately difficult due to a steep ascent up a cliff to Green’s View and areas of rocky footing. The hikes feature spectacular wildflowers, limestone bluffs, a great overlook at Piney Point, and a beautiful waterfall.  Depart 7:30 am CT from Trinity Tabernacle Church on HY 127 South.   Carpool cost is $10.  Pack water, snacks and lunch.  For additional information contact the hike coordinator, Deb Westervelt, text/call 931-267-2243 or plateauhikes@tennesseetrails.org.  

Mar 14 – Plateau Chapter Meeting.  This is a working meeting for the Annual Conference.  All committees will report on status. Bring your ideas for fundraising and speakers. Potluck dinner, please bring a dish to share along with your drink.  Meet at 5pm CT at First United Methodist Church Annex, 69 Neecham Street,Crossville. Contact Bruce Whitehead, 941-716-3620 or email plateau@tennesseetrails.org  for information.

Mar 16 – Short Springs Natural Area (NA), Tullahoma, TN.  We will wind our way around the Short Springs NA to Busby Falls and Machine Falls on a multitude of trails one of which is the Wildflower Loop. This is a 6 mi moderate hike that include creeks, waterfalls and beautiful views.  We can add another nearby hike if we choose. Depart 7:30 am CT from Tractor Supply West Ave and Emerson in Crossville.  Carpool cost is $6. Pack water, snacks and lunch. For additional information contact the hike coordinator, Deb Westervelt, at plateauhikes@tennesseetrails.org or text/call 931-267-2243.

Mar 20 – Norris City Watershed Park.  Long Hike: This is 8 easy miles combining several trails.  Short Hike: Hikers will turnaround at the 2.5 mi mark.  We will start at the Lenoir Museum on the Clear Creek Trail and follow it past an old weir and stream gauging station, the "kissing tree", G. Taylor Mill site, an old millrace, some stream crossings (may need water shoes), a large spring inside a fenced concrete structure, and other weir stations.  Watch for wild flowers along the way.  A wildlife watering hole and CCC foundations are also there.  Bring water, lunch and snacks. Depart from the Crossville Outlet Center at 7:30am CT. Carpool fee is $7.00  For additional information contact the hike coordinator, Deb Westervelt, via email plateauhikes@tennesseetrails.org or text/call 931-267-2243.

Mar 23 – Smoky Mountains National Park, Cosby, TN - Porter's Creek Trail.   This is a moderate 8.5 mile hike with a 1500' climb over 3.5 miles to a campsite and then return the same way back. This is a great spring wildflower hike with 60' Fern Branch Falls in the Greenbrier section of the Smokies. The forest floor can literally be carpeted with bloodroot, hepaticas, white fringed phacelia, violets, white trilliums and many other varieties. There are several old stone walls that are remnants from the Elbert Cantrell farmstead, who settled in the Porters Creek community in the early 1900s. We will also visit Ownby Cemetery, which also dates back to the early part of the 20th century. A short spur trail takes you to John Messer farm site, which includes a cantilevered barn that was built by John Whaley around 1875 and a cabin that was built by the Smoky Mountain Hiking Club in the mid-1930s.    Depart 7 am CT from Outlet Mall, Interstate Drive, Southwest parking lot. Carpool cost is $10. Pack water, snacks and lunch. We’ll stop for dinner on the way home. To sign up contact the hike coordinator Deb Westervelt, via text/call 931-267-2243 or email plateauhikes@tennesseetrails.org.

Mar 27 – Standing Stone State Forest, Hilham, TN. - Join us on a 5 mile wildflower hike around the Lake.  Option: We can add one of the other short trails in the park.  The park takes its name from a 12 foot tall rock standing upright on a sandstone ledge, which was supposedly used as a boundary line between two Indian nations. When the rock fell, the Indians placed a portion of it upon an improvised monument to preserve it. The stone is still preserved in Monterey. Depart 7:30 am CT from Cracker Barrel. Pack water, snacks and lunch (option: eat late lunch in Cookeville).  Carpool cost is $6.  For additional information contact the hike coordinator, Deb Westervelt, via email plateauhikes@tennesseetrails.org or text/call 931-267-2243.

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