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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 trailwalker80@gmail.com or 941-716-3620.

Note 3: BSF 100 Mile Challenge Site - http://www.nps.gov/biso/planyourvisit/centennial-challenge.htm



Sunday, July 31, 2016

Wednesday, June 29, 2016, Hike -- Meigs Creek Trail, Great Smoky Mt Nat'l Park

This is a  moderate 7 mile in/out hike with an average elevation gain of 394' per mile and total elevation gain of 1380'. One mile before we reach the trailhead is a pull-off to see Meigs Creek Falls drops 30’. The hike begins at the Sinks where Little River spills over a ledge into a rock bowl and then makes a sharp right to pass easily downstream. From the Sinks, the trail ascends crossing the creek 18-20 times with no footbridges before reaching Buckhorn Gap at 3.5 miles. The crossings are all easy in low water. Some are easy at moderate water levels, and all can be tricky if it has rained all week. The 1st crossing is the deepest. Wearing or bringing water shoes and walking sticks are recommended. Along the way numerous small waterfalls and cascades dot the creek, tucked within banks of rhododendron as it drops down Meigs Mountain. After you’ve made four crossings, a 10’ cascade at 1.5 miles scoots over a smooth rock face. Cautions: 18 creek crossings with no footbridges so wear or bring water shoes. Depart from the Crossville Outlet Mall west parking lot at 7:30am. Carpool cost $8.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016, Hike -- Pickett Palooza


We will combine several of Pickett's short trails for a total of between 5 - 6 miles of hiking. We'll see a couple large natural rock bridges, several rock houses, and have two short ladders to negotiate.  Depart from behind Cracker Barrel at 7:30am CT. Carpool cost $5.

Saturday, July 9, 2016, Big South Fork Ranger Mary Grimm Hike -- Laurel Fork Creek


Big South Fork  Ranger Mary Grimm schedules two Centennial Challenge hikes per month.  On July 9 she will lead a 4.4 mile hike on Laurel Fork Creek. 
See details for this hike and the others scheduled at https://www.nps.gov/biso/planyourvisit/centennial-challenge.htm.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016, Hike -- Soak Creek Trail (Cumberland Trail), Spring City

Soak Creek Trail is a 5 mile easy to moderate in and out hike. Since this trail is not yet open to the public, this is an opportunity to explore Soak Creek Gorge to the intersection of Soak Creek and Piney River, and then follow Soak Creek into the Piney Falls State Natural Area. The trail follows an old logging rail line, hugging Soak Creek all the way into the new 1000-acre acquisition for the construction of the Cumberland Trail. Depart from Trinity Tabernacle Church at 7:30am CT. Carpool cost $3.

Saturday, July 16, 2016, Hike – GSMNP Rounddrop Trail, Townsend, TN

This is 7.5 mile moderate car shuttle hike with a major water crossing at the end.  After stationing a car at the Townsend Y and assessing the water level of the river, we will drive about 20 minutes to the trailhead on Wears Cove Gap Road just outside of Metcalf Bottoms picnic area. This trail offers solitude and being one of the least hiked trails in the Park. The trail ascends from 1800' to 2600' in the first 2.5 miles, then mostly descending the rest of the way to 1200'. Wear hiking boots and bring water shoes for the crossing. Bring water and lunch. Depart from Crossville Outlet Center at 8:00am CT. Carpool cost $8. Contact Cheryl Heckler at thehecklers@charter.net or 931-200-7436 to register and for additional information.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016, Hike -- . Middle Prong Trail to Indian Flat Falls, GSMNP, Townsend, TN

This is a moderate 8 mile in and out hike with a 1140’ elevation gain. The Middle Prong Trail rises gently on a wide, packed gravel path beside Lynn Camp Prong to Lynn Camp Prong Falls, which pour down a long, sloping rock slab. There are equally scenic cascades along the way. You may still be able to see the old Cadillac and a chimney left from an old homestead not far from the trail. The Indian Flat Falls is comprised of 4 medium-size drops accessible by an unmarked spur off the Middle Prong Trail. Each features an pool ideal for swimming, wading, and finding salamanders. Depart from the Crossville Outlet Mall west parking lot at 7:30am CT. Carpool cost $8. After the hike, we will decide on stopping for dinner on the way back to Crossville.

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 8:00am CT. Carpool cost $8. Contact Cheryl Heckler at thehecklers@charter.net or 931-200-7436 to register and for additional information.

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.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Wednesday, June 22, 2016, Hike -- John Litton Loop

The John Litton loop is about a 7 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. Depart from behind Cracker Barrel at 7:30am CT. Gas cost $5.00. Photos: Wayne

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