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Friday-Sunday April 6-8, 2018 Big South Fork Car Camp Location: Big South Fork Nat’l River & Rec Area, north of Crossville, TN Three years ago, I switched from doing Big South Fork in the fall to trying it in the spring. Bingo! Weather was great, and the wildflowers were quite a welcome surprise! So, let's try it again in the spring. Back to Bandy Creek Campground, complete with heated bathhouses and hot showers for camping wanna-be's or newbies! We'll do a tried and true set of hikes starting with the 4.6 mile O&W Railroad Bridge hike on Friday afternoon. Then we'll make the 5.5 mile loop from Twin Arches down to Charit Creek Lodge and back on Saturday. Sunday we'll do the 5.6 mile Angel Falls Overlook hike. And on the way up and the way back I will definitely stop for burgers and old-fashioned shakes at Cumberland Mtn General Store; yummy! Campsites are already reserved, so please let me know as early as possible if you want to join us. Campsites are $10 per night with a Golden Age/Golden Access/America the Beautiful senior pass (I'll need serial numbers from 2-3 people so we can have one at each site). We can have as many as 6 per campsite, but with individual tents 4 is probably a more likely arrangement. So, I'm thinking 3 campsites, maybe 4 if there's that much interest. Campsite fees plus purchased firewood will probably come to around $7-10 per person. Leader is John Rowland, firstname.lastname@example.org (preferred) or 423 802-7704.
Saturday April 14, 2018 Coker Creek Falls Contact hike leader Boe Rudder for more information: email@example.com, 423.400.1103.
Saturday April 21, 2018 Big Creek, Camel Gap, AT, Low Gap Location: Great Smoky Mountains N.P. Distance: 15.4 miles Elevation Gain: 3,400 ft Rating: Strenuous Pace: Standard Driving Time: 3 hours We will spend the night at Newport Friday night and get an early start on Saturday. We need to drop a car off at Cosby campground and drive to Big Creek campground to start our hike on Big Creek trail. Then Camel Gap to the AT and down to Cosby campground. I recommend bringing a light source just in case. Hike leader, Wayne Chambers, 423-593-3717.
Saturday April 28, 2018 POSTPONED! to be rescheduled Wolfe Ridge Location: Big Frog Mtn area near Ocoee Distance: 5.2 miles Rating: Easy/Moderate Pace: Standard Driving Time: 1.5 hours We will walk the lower portion of the Wolf Ridge trail beginning from the Peavine Sheeds Creek Road trailhead. It is a ridgetop route. After the first mile, it follows the Blue Ridge which is on the Tn Valley Divide. After 2.6 miles, we will stop at the junction with the old Chestnut Mtn. Trail where we will break for lunch before descending back along the trail - total distance is 5.2 miles at a moderate pace. We should have some good views of the surrounding mountains. Steve Barnes (firstname.lastname@example.org) or 423-339-3019.
Saturday May 5, 2018 Moonshine Trails Location: Lula Lake Land Trust, Lookout Mtn Distance: 5 miles, plus an optional 2 Rating: Moderate Pace: Standard Driving Time: 25 minutes The newly finished Moonshine Trails are located across the road from Lula Lake Land Trust. There are several stream crossings, mostly over foot bridges. Some sections include large boulders and rhododendrons and mountain laurels. After the 5 mile loop, there's an optional 2-mile round trip hike to view Lula Lake and perhaps hike to the bottom of Lula Falls. May 5 is a regularly-scheduled Open Gate Day at Lula Lake with parking available at the core property. A $2 per person suggested donation is asked. Rain date is Sunday, May 6. To register for this hike, contact the leader, Jenny Hopkins, 423605-3456 (email@example.com).