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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.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Wednesday, August 27, 2014, Hike -- Fairfield GladeTrails, 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. Gas 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.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014, Hike -- Hemlock Falls

This is a moderate 5 mile hike to Hemlock Falls and Crosher Hole on Cane Creek. The trail is a part of a new Fall Creek Falls purchase. We plan to finish the hike in time to have the $5 lunch at the Senior Center in Sparta. Depart Tractor Supply at 7:30 am CT. Carpool cost is $6.

Saturday, September 6, 2014, Hike -- Road Prong Trail, Great Smoky Mountain NP, Gatlinburg, TN

This is a 5 mile moderate (plus a little more) hike starting on the Chimney Tops trail for a 200 feet elevation gain in 0.9 miles before continuing on the Road Prong Trail along the Road Prong creek. We will hike and gain another 800 feet for 1.6 miles following the Road Prong creek ascending with views of several impressive cascades and small waterfalls before reaching a turnaround point and retrace our steps. Meet at the SW corner of Vanity Fair parking lot at 7:00 am CT. For more information and to register, contact Cheryl Heckler at 931-200-7436 or by email at Carpool cost is $13.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014, Hike -- Middle Creek / Slave Falls

This is a moderate hike of around 9 miles. We will see rock houses, waterfalls, and arches. Depart Cracker Barrel at 7:30 am CT. Carpool cost is $6.

Thursday, September 11, 2014 -- Potluck Chapter Picnic. 5:00 pm CT at Meadow Park Lake

Come one come all!  Bring a dish(es), meal or dessert, to share, meat to grill, and drinks. Charcoal, grills, ice, and tableware will be provided. Contact Linda Barclay at or 931-456-2857, or Cheryl Heckler at or 931-200-7436 for additional information.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014, Hike -- Leather Wood Loop / Sunset Overlook

This is a moderate to strenuous hike with a variety of scenery, including a couple of nice overlooks. Depart Cracker Barrel at 7:30 am CT. Carpool cost is $6.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014, Hike -- Honey Creek

This is one of the best hikes in the area and features waterfalls, rock houses, and gorge overlooks. The trail is 5.6 miles in length and fairly difficult due to rock scrambles, steep slopes, and stream crossings; a portion of the hike is in a very slippery creek bed which must be hiked with extreme caution. Although strenuous, the hike is worth the effort. Depart from Cracker Barrel at 7:30 am CT. Carpool cost is $6.

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