CT BLACK MT TOWARDS OZONE
Mark your calendar for this trip.  Send email request to plateauhikes@tennesseetrails.org for the complete  itinerary. Minimum of 7 and maximum of 12 participants, on a first come first serve basis.
Contact
Big Bend Boating and Hiking Company- 469-607-9869
Please feel free to visit our web site as well, www.HikingBigBend.com.
Call or email anytime for questions or reservations. hikingbigbend@gmail.com
Tell them you are with the TN hiking group. Get your reservation in by OCTOBER 1, 2019.
We look forward to hiking with you all,
Erica and Erin Little (Diane Vaughn's daughters are our guides

Hike the Chihuahuan Desert
Fort Davis, Big Bend, Guadalupe Mountains, and Carlsbad Caverns National Parks

February 15-23, 2020

Pricing for this Nine Day with Seven Hiking Days
The flight to/ from El Paso, TX is NOT included in the price of the trip.  Hotels, meals, river trip, fees, interpretive information packet, and transportation are all included.  This is fully guided and is an interpretative trip with topics such as medicinal and edible plants, cultural history, geology, and off-grid living.  

Double Occupancy in hotel rooms: $1,525

Single Occupancy in hotel rooms: $1,975

Minimum for trip to make: 7 people

Hikes on this trip range from .7 to 4.8 miles rated easy.  You must have a current passport as you will cross into Mexico on day 5.  Day 6 is a float trip, kayak or canoe, thru Big Bend National Park

Day 1. Arrive at El Paso, TX airport, take the free hotel shuttle and check into Hampton Inn and Suites
Day 2. Fort Davis National Historic Site and Terlingua, TX
Day 3. Big Bend National Park, West Side
Day 4. Big Bend National Park, Chisos Mountains
Day 5. Boquillas, Mexico and Big Bend National Park, East Side
Day 6. Canyon Float Trip in Big Bend National Park
Day 7. Guadalupe Mountains and Carlsbad Caverns National Parks
Day 8. Guadalupe Mountains National Park
Day 9. Depart for Home


CT BLACK MT TO OZONE

 

 

2019 TTA ANNUAL CONFERENCE Registration Form 


APRIL 2019 SCHEDULED HIKES. Wear orange it’s turkey hunting season. 

Apr 19 - Trail Maintenance.   We will meet at the Black/Brady Mountains Trailhead on HY 68. We will split into 2 groups :  one will work Black Mt to the campground while the other works Brady Mt Overlook to Lost Overlook. 
Brady Mt volunteers meet at 7:30.  
Black Mt volunteers meet at 8am.
Bring loppers, saws, clippers and swing blades. And lots of water.  
For info contact Tim Case binikisfun@gmail.com. 

Apr 24 – Wedneday – Private Land Hike near Bon Aire, TN.   We will be exploring private property in the old mining community.  This will be about a 4 mile hike to a waterfall and coal mine and wildflowers along the way.  Depart 7:30 am from Tractor Supply on West Ave. Carpool cost is $4.  Don’t forget tick/bug spray and sunscreen.   Pack water, snacks.  For additional information contact the hike leader Howard Owen, 931-248-3190, owenshb@charter.net.

Apr 27, Saturday – Smokie Mountains National Park -  Long Hike: 7 moderate miles making a loop on Little River, Husky Gap and Sugarland MT Trails.   Short Hike:  In and out 4.8 easy miles on Little River Trail.  Depart 7 am CT from Outlet Mall, Interstate Drive, west parking lot.  Carpool cost is $10. Don’t forget tick/bug spray and sunscreen. Pack water, snacks and lunch.  We will stop to eat dinner on the way home.  For additional information contact the hike Leader Cheryl Heckler (931) 200-7436..
May 2019 Scheduled Hikes

May 1, Wednesday – CT Soddy Creek Gorge.  Start from the Soddy Gulf Trailhead at Back Valley Rd and Hy 111. This access trail follows Big Soddy Creek to the main CT trail along the banks of Board Camp Creek. Short Hike: 4 moderate mile round trip on the access trail. Long Hike: 7 moderate mile thru hike following Big Soddy and Board Camp Creeks ending at Jones Gap Rd. Short hikers will return to cars then pick up the thru hikers.  Depart  7:30 am from Crossville Trinity Tabernacle HY 127S.  Carpool cost is $5.  Don’t forget tick/bug spray and sunscreen.   Pack water, snacks lunch.  For additional information contact the hike coordinator, Deb Westervelt, plateauhikes@tennesseetrails.org or text/call 931-267-2243.

May 8 – Wednesday – Private Land Exploring, Pine Orchard, TN.  Hike 4-6 miles on old roads to the site of n old homestead. We'll also venture off on some logging roads in search of a rockhouse and spring.  Bring a sack lunch to eat on the trail. Depart 7:30 am CT from Southwest parking lot of the VF outlet mall on Interstate Drive.  Gas reimbursement $4.00.  Don’t forget tick/bug spray and sunscreen.  Pack water, snacks and lunch.  For additional information contact the hike coordinator, Deb Westervelt, at plateauhikes@tennesseetrails.org or text/call 931-267-2243.

May 9, Thurs – Plateau Chapter Meeting.  This a working meeting for the Annual Conference.  Bring your ideas for fundraising, hike suggestions and speakers. Bring your own dinner.  Meet at 5pm CT at First United Methodist Church Annex, 69 Neecham Street, Crossville.  Contact Chapter Chair, Bruce Whitehead, 941-716-3620 or email plateau@tennesseetrails.org  for information.

May 10-12 Spring Weekend Getaway – Our Spring weekend getaway to Lake Guntersville State Park  in Alabama.  The Park has a restaurant/lounge, lodge, cabins, chalets, golf course, cave, cascades, waterfalls, beach, fishing and the Screaming Eagle Zipline.  Oh my!  Plus 31 miles of trails if we have time!  Nearby is the Space and Rocker Center,  Cathedral Caverns State Park,  Bucks Pocket State Park.  It's approximately a 3 hour drive to the Park.  So on Friday we will hike the 3.5 mi round trip Point Rock Trail with  a 70' waterfall in Bucks Pocket State Park on the way to Lake Guntersville.  So on Sat and Sun our options are to hike, visit the Caverns or tour the Space and Rocket Center, golf, fishing, or experience the Zipline.  Depart 7:30 am CT from Crossville Trinity Tabernacle HY 127S.  Carpool cost is $20.  Don’t forget tick/bug spray and sunscreen.  Please let the hike coordinator, Deb Westervelt, know you are going at plateauhikes@tennesseetrails.org or text/call 931-267-2243. 

May 15, Wednesday – CT Soak Creek and Piney Falls, Spring City and Grandview, TN -   Piney Falls is a 3 mile round trip loop hike that features the 80 foot tall Upper Piney Falls. The trail is generally easy going under the upper falls along a rock bluff requiring you to climb with the assist of a rope to the top of the bluff then crossing the creek at the top of the falls.  A side trail to the lower falls is short but steep.  Depart 7:30 am CT from Crossville Trinity Tabernacle HY 127S.  Carpool cost is $3.  Don’t forget tick/bug spray and sunscreen.  Please let the hike coordinator, Deb Westervelt, know you are going at plateauhikes@tennesseetrails.org or text/call 931-267-2243.

May 18 – Saturday – Frozen Head State Park, Wartburg, TN. Short Hike: 4 mile moderate loop on the South Old Mac and Judge Branch trailsLong Hike:  6.5 mile moderate to strenuous loop on South Old Mac and North Old Mac.  Lots of wildflowers.  Depart 7:30am CT from Outlet Mall, Interstate Drive, west parking lot.  Carpool cost is $6.  Don’t forget tick/bug spray and sunscreen. Pack water, snacks and lunch.  For additional information contact the hike coordinator, Deb Westervelt, at plateauhikes@tennesseetrails.org or text/call 931-267-2243.

May 22Wednesday – CT Daddys Creek Section Trail, Hebbettsburg, TN.  Long Hike: This will be a 7.5 moderate mile thru hike  along Daddys Creek, past a 1940s cave house once home to a family for years. Requires an 8-mile shuttle. Short Hike:  Starting from the Keyes Rd Trailhead to the connector trail yellow gated parking area is 4.7 moderate miles. Depart 7:30 am CT from Southwest parking lot of the VF outlet mall on Interstate Drive. Gas cost is $3. Those in the Fairfield Glade area may join the caravan at 7:45 am at the 4-way stop at the intersection of Peavine Road and Stonehenge Drive. Carpool cost is $2. Don’t forget tick/bug spray and sunscreen. Pack water, snacks and lunch.  For additional information contact the hike coordinator, Deb Westervelt, text/call 931-267-2243 plateauhikes@tennesseetrails.org.

May 29, Wednesday – Virgin Falls Natural Area, Sparta, TN. This is an 9-mile strenuous hike to the 110 foot tall Virgin Falls. Along the way, we will pass Big Branch Falls, Big Laurel Falls (30-foot waterfall), and Sheep Cave Falls. There is a stream crossing and some difficult footing on this hike with much up and down hiking. There is a possibility the water at the stream crossing may be a little high so bring water shoes.  Depart 7:30am CT from Tractor Supply on West Ave.  Carpool cost is $4.  Don’t forget tick/bug spray and sunscreen. 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.

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