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2019 ANNUAL MEETING HIKING INFORMATION


CONFERENCE HIKES TO CHOOSE FROM

All Times are Central Time

Friday hikes only - the departure time listed is from the FFG Conference Center, however, participants may opt to meet at the designated trailhead and check-in for the conference after the hike. Contact your hike leader to let him/her know of meeting at trailhead.



CUMBERLAND TRAIL HIKES:


Friday - Depart Noon (12 pm) - Arrive Trailhead 12:20 pm –

Leader: Tim Case bikinisfun@gmail.com

Cumberland Trail, Black Mountain, Crab Orchard, TN. This is a moderate 6.4 mi in/out hike from the top of Black Mountain take the Upper Loop Trail to the Northern then Southern Overlooks down to the Chimney, Spring House, old home foundation and chimney then down the Below Bluff Trail to the main CT trail down to Windless Cave and return. From the Southern Overlook on a clear day you can see the Smokies and a portion of Grassy Cove below.


Friday - Depart 12 pm - Arrive Trailhead 12:25pm –

Leader: Richard Savage savage_richard@hotmail.com

Cumberland Trail, Brady Mountain, Grassy Cove Community, TN. This is a strenuous 6 mi in/out hike up Brady Mountain to the Overlook with amazing views of Grassy Cove below and the Smokies. A short distance past the overlook is an arch and mushroom shaped stacked rocks.


Friday - Depart 10:30 am - Arrive at Stinging Fork Trailhead 11:15am –

Leader: Deb Westervelt plateauhikes@tennesseetrails.org

Saturday - Leader: Bruce Whitehead trailwalker80@gmail.com Depart 9 am

Cumberland Trail, Stinging Fork State Natural Area and Piney Falls State Natural Area along Soak Creek, Spring City, TN. This is a spectacular 7 mi (4hr one-way) hike in the Stinging Fork State Natural Area featuring a 35-foot waterfall and cascade at the end of the first 1 ½ mile. Due to some elevation gain and possibly slick rocks, the hike is rated moderate to difficult of which 4 mi is strenuous. From the falls we’ll head down the new trail along Soak Creek. We’ll drop off a car or two at the Soak Creek/Piney River Trailhead before we head up to the Stinging Fork Trailhead.


Saturday - Depart 8 am - Leader: Cheryl Heckler thehecklers@charter.net

Cumberland Trail Daddys Creek Section, Crab Orchard, TN Hike is 7.5 moderate miles through the woods passing a rock house and walking along Daddys Creek. The southern trailhead on Hebbertsburg Road is near the TVA power lines to the trailhead at East Keyes Road.  There is an elevation change of 324 feet. This hike will require an 8 mi car shuttle.

Sunday - Depart 8 am - Leader: _Evelyne & Elliot Kornreich evie417@gmail.com

Sweep: Bob McGavock rcmcg185@gmail.com

Cumberland Trail, Black Mountain, Crab Orchard, TN. This is an easy 3 mi hike from the top of Black Mountain going around the Upper Loop Trail to the Northern then Southern Overlooks down to the Chimney, Spring House, old home foundation and chimney then down the Below Bluff Trail along giant boulders and cliffs to the main CT trail turning right and back to the Upper Loop Trail to the parking lot. From the Southern Overlook on a clear day you can see the Smokies and a portion of Grassy Cove below.

 


ROCK ISLAND STATE PARK HIKE:


Friday - Depart 11 am - Leader: Peter Broehl pabroehl@blomand.net

Sweep: Bob McGavock rcmcg185@gmail.com

Rock Island State Park, Rock Island, TN  Collins River Loop Trail for an easy 2.7 mi then 1.4 mi on Eagle Trail to the Blue Hole then drive to the other side of the river and hike another mile or so on the upstream and/or the downstream trails.



BIG SOUTH FORK NATIONAL PARK HIKES:


Friday - Depart 10:30 am – Leader: Louise Miniard liminiard@frontiernet.net

Saturday - Depart 8 am – Leaders: Trish Appleton Appleton-p2@comcast.com

& Gloria Nelson bigboned@earthlink.net

Big South Fork- Burnt Mill Bridge, near Rugby, TN. We will hike the Burnt Mill Bridge loop near Rugby. It will be about 5 mi with moderate terrain. For the adventurous hikers there is a waterfall off the trail that requires bushwacking down a ravine to get to the falls.


Saturday - Depart 8 am - Leader: _Bob Obohoski_rao88@yahoo.com

Big South Fork – Honey Creek Loop, near Rugby, TN. This is a 5.7 mile strenuous hike.  Honey Creek Loop holds some of our most rugged terrain and it will take your breath away with its beauty of rock bluffs, rock houses, cave and waterfall. You will be using your hands and knees to maneuver through or up and over boulders on parts of this trail. We will also be following the creek bed so you may get wet. This is an all day hike.


Saturday - Depart 8 am – Leader: Louise Miniard liminiard@frontiernet.net

Big South Fork – Loop - Middle Creek, Slave Falls, Needle Arch, Jamestown, TN. This moderate hike will be a combination of the Middle Creek loop and the Slave Falls loop for a total of 9.3 miles. On Middle Creek we will enjoy large rock overhands, rock houses and high cliffs. On the second loop you will see the 60’ Slave Falls, Needle Arch and Indian Rock house.


Sunday - Depart 8 am - Leader: Tim Case bikinisfun@gmail.com

Big South Fork – Loop - John Muir Trail to Maude’s Crack, Jamestown, TN.  This will be a moderate 6 mile loop hike across (water shoes maybe needed) and along No Business creek. For historical info on the No Business community check out this website:  https://www.nps.gov/biso/learn/historyculture/nobusiness.htm   Climbing up or down the crack in the rock is strenuous.  


Sunday - Depart 8:30 am - Leader: : Deb Westervelt plateauhikes@tennesseetrails.org

Big South Fork – Loop - Twin Arches, Jake’s Place, Charit Creek Lodge, Jamestown, TN. This is a 6 mile moderately strenuous hike due to the flights of stairs and the continual climb from Charit Creek. The Twin Arches are the largest arches in Big South Fork and quite possibly in the Eastern United States. The South Arch is the highest at 100 feet. After visiting the arches, we pass through several huge rock houses along the base of the cliffs as we wind our way to Jake’s Place, the remains of a mid-1800’s house and farm. Then we follow the creek to Charit Creek Lodge.


Sunday - Depart 8:30 am - Leaders: Deb & John Martin jr.dmartin77@gmail.com

Big South Fork – in/out - Slave Falls, Needle Arch, Jakes Place, Charit Creek Lodge, Jamestown, TN. We start from the Sawmill Trailhead to Slave Falls, Needle Arch, rockhouses, then on to Jake's Place the site of a mid-1800’s house and farm and cemetery returning the same route for a total of 8 miles.

 


PICKETT STATE PARK HIKE:


Saturday- Depart 8 am - Leaders: Deb & John Martin jr.dmartin77@gmail.com

Pickett State Park, Hidden Passage Trail, Jamestown, TN. This is a 7-8 mi in fairly flat terrain except for an optional side trail down to an abandoned railroad tunnel. The side trip involves steeper climbing than the rest of the hike.


 


DANIEL BOONE STATE FOREST HIKE:


Saturday - Depart 8 am - Leader: Deb Westervelt plateauhikes@tennesseetrails.org

Sweep: Kathy Daniels kdaniels242@comcast.net

Daniel Boone State Forest- Gobblers Arch/Sheltowee Trace, near Jamestown, TN: Approximately 6-mile, almost loop, hike rated moderate. We will cut through thru Big South Fork National Park on Divide Rd dropping off all hikers at the Gobblers Arch Trail then shuttle the cars to Peter’s Mountain Trail Head, approx 1 mile. We’ll hike the Gobblers Arch Trail to the Kentucky Wild River overlook then down to the Kentucky Wild River where we can cross the knee deep river (optional bring water shoes) to the picnic ground for lunch and restrooms. Then up the Sheltowee Trace Trail following the Mark Branch Creek past rock houses, bluffs and a waterfall. The trail crosses the creek several times although there are plenty of stepping rocks to make most of the crossings, but be prepared to follow the trail thru, across and up the stream to the Mark Branch Falls ending at Peter’s Mt. Trail Head.

 



FROZEN HEAD STATE PARK


Saturday – Depart 8 am – Leader: John Politte johnpolitte@gmail.com

Sweep: Tom McElhone sarmitta@yahoo.com

Frozen Head SP - Bird Mountain Trail making a loop hike of 7.1 moderate miles.


Sunday – Depart 8 am – Leader: Tom McElhone sarmitta@yahoo.com

Sweep: John Politte johnpolitte@gmail.com

Frozen Head SP - Spicewood Branch Trail making a loop of 7.2 moderate miles.

 


FALL CREEK FALLS STATE PARK (NEWLY ACQUIRED AREAS) HIKES:


Saturday - Depart 8 am - Leader: Tim Case bikinisfun@gmail.com

Virgin Falls State Natural Area, near Pleasant Hill, TN. This is a 9-mile strenuous in/out 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 you may want to bring water shoes.


Saturday - Depart 9 am - Leader: Bill Harris titan55@charter.net

Sunday - Depart 9 am – Leader: Peter Broehl pabroehl@blomand.net

Lost Creek Cave and Falls, Rylander Cascade, Dog Cove. The Lost Creek Cave hike is about a 1 mile round-trip, which is located in a sink and faces a 60-foot tall waterfall. We will go to the mouth of the cave and maybe a short distance inside and to base of the falls as well as to the top of the falls. Then an easy .5 mi hike to Rylander Cascade about a 1 minute drive from Lost Creek Cave. Dog Cove is on the way to Lost Creek for an easy 4-5 mile in/out hike to a circa 1800s farm home following alongside Lost Creek and crossing the creek a couple of times. Water shoes may be needed if the water is high.


 


WINDOW CLIFFS STATE NATURAL AREA HIKE:


Saturday - Depart 9 am - Leader: Peter Broehl pabroehl@blomand.net

Window Cliffs State Natural Area, Baxter, TN.  Window Cliffs is a new TN Natural Area located near Burgess Falls. The trail is in-and-out for a total of 5.4 strenuous miles. The trail features 9 stream crossings each way, a few small cascades, a couple of steep slopes and a 20-ft waterfall along Cane Creek. Water shoes are highly recommended.


 



CUMMINS FALLS STATE PARK HIKE:


Sunday – Depart 8:30 am - Leader: Louise Miniard liminiard@frontiernet.net

Cummins Falls State Park, Baxter, TN. This is only a 4 mile hike, but it can be difficult. There are 3-4 water crossings (possibly knee deep and fast moving) so bring water shoes. There will be an opportunity for swimming below the falls.  We can also drive to Waterloo Falls which is next to the road. 


 


OBED WILD AND SCENIC AREA HIKE:


Sunday - Depart 9am - Leader: Howard Owenowenshb@charter.net

Obed Wild and Scenic Lilly Bridge Section, Lancing, TN.  We will hike the .4 mi Boulder Trail, 3.8 mi easy Point Trail and .6 mi Overlook Trail for a total of 4.8 mi. For those wanting more challenging and scenic we'll add the .5 Bridge Trail.


 



CROSSVILLE/FAIRFIELD GLADE COMMUNITY HIKES:



Fairfield Glade (FFG) Community Trails http://time2meet.com/gladetrails/ for trail maps


Friday - Depart 1 pm - Leader: Carol Quattrociocchi quattrociocchi@frontiernet.net

FFG Glastowbury Trail is 1 mi loop overlooking Lake Glastowbury.


Friday - Depart 1 pm - Leader: Denise Aquista

FFG Seven Bridges Trail is 2 mi loop along seasonal creeks and some rock formations.


Sunday -Depart 9 am - Leader: Carol Quattrociocchi quattrociocchi@frontiernet.net

Overlook Trail is 1.9 mi scenic loop partially along Daddys Creek.


Sunday - Depart 7am - Leader: Stephen Stedman sstedman@tntech.edu

2 hour Birding Hike in FFG community.


Leaderless hikes –

Rotherham Trail is 1 mi along seasonal creeks connecting to the

McGinnis Trail 1.8 mi connecting to the

Good Samaritan Trail 1 mi connecting to the

Hemlock Trail 1.5 mi along a seasonal creek with the largest hemlock tree in Fairfield Glade

(Combining the above 4 trails into a figure 8 is an approx 8 mi hike or by skipping the Samaritan trail and doing a circle of the 3 remaining trails is a 6 mile hike.)


 



Saturday - Depart 9:30am - Leader: Jo Duncan-Topkin. Jgtopkin@gmailcom

Downtown Crossville History Walking Tour - The 2 hour tour will include the Palace Theatre, Military Museum, Courthouse, and more. There are several restaurants downtown for lunch as well as shopping.


Saturday – Depart 9am – Leader: Betty Harris titan55@charter.net

Crossville Obed River Park 1.5 mi roundtrip and Plantation Trail 2.8 mi roundtrip


Leaderless hikes - City of Crossville and County Trails – http://time2meet.com/crossvilletrails/ for maps and directions

Woodlawn Loop 1.2 mi

Obed River Park 1.5 mi roundtrip

Plantation Trail 2.8 mi roundtrip

Soldier Beach Trail 1.7 mi loop at Meadow Park Lake

Cumberland Mountain State Park – Pioneer Short Loop 5 mi or Pioneer Long Loop 8 mi

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