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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, July 31, 2015

Wednesday, July 8, 2015, Hike -- Fairfield Glade Hikes, Crossville, TN

We will hike two trails in Fairfield Glade. One is a wooded trail; the other is along a creek for a total of about 6 moderate miles. There are a few short strenuous uphill climbs. Depart Vanity Fair west parking lot at 7:30 am CT. Carpool cost $2. FFG hikers can assemble at the 4-way stop on Peavine Rd by 7:45 am to meet with the Vanity Fair carpoolers. The hike will end before Noon, but, if you bring a lunch (optional), the scenic overlook at the end of the 2nd hike is a good lunch location.

Saturday, July 11, 2015, Hike -- John Litton Loop, Big South Fork, Jamestown

The John Litton loop is about a 6 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.  Bring lunch and water.  Depart from behind Cracker Barrel at 8:00 am CT.  Carpool cost $5. To register for this hike contact Howard Owens owenshb@charter.net, (931) 248-3190.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015, Hike -- Cummins Falls and Burgess Falls

We will visit Cummins Falls first, going to the overlook, then descending down to the base of the falls (you'll need water shoes). Swimming is an option at the swimming hole that is rated one of the 10 best in the U.S. Next, we will eat lunch at Cinco Amigos Restaurant (really good Mexican food) around 11:00 am. Our final stop will be Burgess Falls for a short hike with 3 very nice waterfalls. Overall about 5 moderate to difficult miles. Depart Cracker Barrel at 7:30 am CT. Carpool cost $5.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015, Hike -- Old Stone Fort


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, July 25, 2015, Hike -- Old Settlers, Smoky Mt National Park, Gatlinburg


This is an 8 mile moderate to moderately difficult hike with several ups and downs featuring numerous creeks, old chimneys, and the Tyson McCarter Barn and home site.   There is a 3 mile car shuttle.  Bring lunch, drinking water, and water shoes as there are 14 creek crossings.  Depart from behind Vanity Fair Mall southwest parking lot at 8:00 am CT. Carpool cost $10. For more information and to register, call Cheryl Heckler at thehecklers@charter.net or 931-200-7436.

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