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Cherokee Hiking Club Calendar

2019

 

 

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January

JANUARY 6, 2019 - SUNDAY 2-4 PM - ANNUAL CLUB PLANNING MEETING - We will meet again at the Family Resource Center, 3680 Michigan Ave Road NE, Cleveland, Tennessee, hosted by James Anderson.   Please come with your proposed hikes and events for 2019. Jack will have three ring binder paper available at the Christmas party for you to write your proposals on.  Remember to include all pertinent data for hikes, including length, difficulty rating, meeting locations, what to expect on the hike, and  special considerations. Mtg Report: We met again at the Family Resource Center, 3680 Michigan Ave Road NE, Cleveland, Tennessee, hosted by James Anderson.  The meeting was well attended with 19 members participating, and everyone contributed a hike or event for 2019. Over fifty events to the annual calendar, with some being a weekly happening  like Mike's Every Friday hike originating at the Whitewater Center.   The participants were well prepared with their proposals and 2019 looks to be another great year.

JANUARY 15, 2019 TUESDAY   EUREKA TRAIL, ATHENS TENNESSEE   
Rails to Trails, flat, wide with good tread and marked every 1/4 mile. Trail begins at large parking lot just past Mayfield dairy plant off CR 307 and continues 4 miles to near Englewood.  Walk as far as you want. Lots of shade on trail with mixed walking/biking and some horses. Hike leader Ruth Pannell, 423-506-9623 or 423-263-9730. Meet at the parking lot just beyond Mayfield Dairy plant at 10 am, with possible lunch afterwards in Athens. Trip Report: On Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019, CHC  with members, some new members & new friends met at the Eureka Trail in Athens on an overcast day with 40's temps. This is a "Rails to Trails" project that has become a popular hiking, biking, running & horseback riding trail. It is 8 miles one way but very well marked. Some took off & did the whole trail, I believe, as we never saw them again. The rest of us did about 2.6 out & back. It's a flat trail with a great surface of finely crushed stone. It was an enjoyably hike on a trail that just about anyone no matter what their preferences or limitations would enjoy. 

JANUARY 21, 2019  MONDAY PINEY RIVER

Hike in and back portion of the trail, between 5 to 8 miles, depending on the group. Bring a lunch, water and wear sturdy hiking boots.  Moderately strenuous. Meet at the Park and Ride next to the Mapco/BP station on Hwy 60 at the Exit 25, I-75/Hwy 60 interchange.  Hike Leader Jack Callahan, 423-284-7885, jackn1945@bellsouth.net. Trip Report: Eight adventuresome hikers made the 8.3 mile hike from the Newby Branch Trailhead along fast moving streams and curtains of ice cycles, then along Duskin Creek and finally joined the Piney River. Due to the recent rains and the hard freeze the night before, ice was plentiful. Leaf off provided great views of the terrain and the many falls and historic sites along the way. Temperature at the beginning of the hike was 20 degrees and had warmed up to 27 by 4:30 that evening when we finished.  A future hike will be scheduled around the peak of the gay wing blooming where we will plan to do about four miles and take our time. Hikers included Sue Robinson, Al Johnson, Jenifer Schroll, Allison and William Odom,  James and Phyllis Anderson and Jack Callahan, hike leader.     

February 

FEBRUARY 1, 2019, FRIDAY  DAY HIKES IN AND AROUND THE OCOEE WHITEWATER CENTER ON US 64
Hikes from the Whitewater Center every Friday for the next few months.  Hikes will depend on the weather and the group preferences on each day.  Hikes may include but not limited to, the Rhododendron Trail, portions of the Bear Paw trail complex, the Old Copper Road.   Meet Mike at the parking lot at the lower end of the whitewater course adjacent to the bridge which provides access to the picnic area across the river. Hikes will begin at ten am and may last for a few hours.  Bring a lunch and water and hiking boots. Hike Leader Mike Friedman, 954-296-9098 or michael911101676@aol.com. Contact Mike before each Friday to discuss which hike will be preferred.

FEBRUARY 2, 2019  SATURDAY  ROCK CREEK DRY POND LEAD
7.5 miles, moderately strenuous to strenuous, with one stream crossing. Car shuttle from Thunder Rock Trailhead to Rock Creek trailhead. Meet at 8:30 am at Hardees Ocoee on Hwy 411 parking in back, or at Thunder Rock trailhead parking behind Powerhouse #3 at 9 am. Lunch, water, and hiking shoes and be prepared to wade stream. Hike Leader Randy Morris, 423-650-0485 or randytaylormorris@gmail.com. Trip Report: Eleven hikers enjoyed a beautiful, warm February hike in the Little Frog Wilderness area. After meeting at Thunder Rock Campground, we carpooled the short distance to the trailhead to begin our hike. We enjoyed great views of surrounding mountains such as Little Frog, Big Frog, and Panther Knob under crystal clear skies. After climbing around the lower flanks of Little Frog, we dropped down into the Rock Creek gorge to view the once impressive hemlock stands along the drainage. Sadly many of the biggest trees have already succumbed to the woolly algid that is wiping out the area's hemlocks. It was nice to see several living specimens, however—a sight we may not witness for much longer in the Cherokee National Forest. The weather cooperated once again for our hike as a lack of significant rain during the week made the crossing of Rock Creek much easier than expected. After a lunch on the opposite bank, we climbed back out of the gorge to the intersection with the Dry Pond Lead Trail. We then enjoyed downhill trekking the rest of the way to Highway 64. Making the hike were club members James Anderson, Al Johnson, Mike Friedman, Jack Callahan, Megan Callahan, Sue Robinson, Judy Price, Mary Alton, Deborah Slaughter, Jackie Williams, and hike leader Randy Morris.

FEBRUARY 7, 2019  THURSDAY  MONTHLY CLUB MEETING  MICHAELS RESTURANT IN ETOWAH TN

Monthly meeting moved up one week due to Valentine's Day.  Note  We will begin at 5:30 pm!! 

FEBRUARY 18, 2019  MONDAY  CONFEDERATE LINE TRAIL AT CHICKAMAUGA BATTLEFIELD

Six miles, easy, level, loop trail. In addition we can tour the museum and see one of the best collection of antique firearms in the country.  Confederate Line patches available for those who complete a scavenger hunt at a minimum cost. Pack water and snacks. Hike Leader, Jennifer Schroll, 423-254-1256 or jennifergeologist@gmail.com.  Meet at the Park and Ride on Hwy 60 just west of the I-75/hwy 60 interchange, Exit 25 at 8;30 am to car pool to the hike.  Trip Report: After a visit to the museum, Jennifer Schroll led 14 members and visitors on a 7 mile hike along the Confederate Line, with stops along the way to answer questions about historic markers and possibility of earning a NPS patch.
The ground is flat and after the recent rains there was a bit of water which required some rerouting at times but Jennifer kept us all on track. The park has numerous trails similar to the one we explored, and there are options for future hikes there. The firearms museum is one of the most extensive in the country, and is a great exhibit of how they evolved. It was a great day to be out!

FEBRUARY 19, 2019 TUESDAY  MUSEUM OF APPALACHIA AT NORRIS, TN
Sixty five acre facility with over 35 log cabins, churches, barns and over 250,000 artifacts with vast collection of folk art, musical instruments, baskets, quilts and more. We will have lunch in their restaurant, with a variety of items under ten dollars. Cost for admission is $15 per person over 65, $18 under 65. For more information see their website at Museumofappalachia.org.  Meet at Cleveland Home Depot parking lot on Paul Huff Parkway at 8:30 am to carpool to the museum. Drive time approximately 1.5 hours.  Hike leader Jack Callahan , 423-284-7885, or jackn1945@bellsouth.net. Trip Report: Eight members made the trip to the museum, on a bit of a cool overcast day. The weather allowed us to view all the outside log structures and then we had a nice warm lunch in the restaurant. Food and service were great. After lunch we toured the indoor portion of the museum, which has over 250,000 items from the Appalachian area, most items dating from the late 1700s on. If your grandparents or great grandparents had an item, there is one in this museum. Members making the trip included Ann and Bill Gray, Ruth and Clayton Pannell, Doreen Johnson , Linda Kryssing, Margaret Callahan, and Jack Callahan, event leader.

March 

MARCH 1, 2019  FRIDAY  HIKE UP OSWALD DOME
Eight miles round trip, moderately strenuous, with an elevation gain of around 3100 feet.  Possible sightings of pink Lady Slippers this time of year. Bring water , snacks, and wear good hiking shoes.  Possible lunch after at Flip Flops on the Hiwassee River at Reliance. Meet at Quinn Springs Picnic Area parking lot on Hwy 30 at 10:00 am.   Hike Leaders Clare and Ed Sullivan, 404-849-0872 or clare7982@gmail.com. CANCELLED DUE TO RAIN, WILL BE RESCHEDULED

MARCH 9, 2019 SATURDAY  ESTELLE MINE TRAIL AT CROCKFORD-PIGEON MTN WMA NEAR LAYFATTE, GEORGIA

Easy to moderate trail, with optional old mine ore cart tunnels to walk through. Approximately 5 miles.  For those wishing to go the tunnel route, bring flashlight. There are trails around the tunnels for those not wanting to walk through. Trail ends at the Pocket Wildflower area. Will require a car shuttle.  Hike Leader Jennifer Schroll, 423-284-1256 text or jennifergeologist@gmail.com. To carpool from Cleveland, meet at the Park and Ride at 8:30 am on Georgetown Road at I-75, Exit 25 next to the Mapco/BP station just west of the intersection. Approximate drive time from Cleveland is 1.5 hours. NOTE: There is a $10 nonresident one day per person permit required by the State WMA which can be purchased on line. It is listed as a one day Fishing License. Go to Georgiawildlife.com/licenses-permits-passes to purchase. TO BE RESCHEDULED DUE TO WEATHER

MARCH 10, 2019  SUNDAY  WHITE OAK MOUNTAIN TRAIL SYSTEM, AJACENT  TO SOUTHERN ADVENTIST UNIVERSITY IN COLLEGEDALE, TN

We will hike 4 to six miles depending upon the group.  This property is a part of the College complex. Trails are moderate to easy, with a large combination of routes to select from.  These are mixed use trails with bike traffic. Bring a lunch, water and hiking shoes. Meet at the Home Depot parking lot on Paul Huff Parkway in Cleveland at 9:30 am to carpool. or meet at parking lot P1C off Industrial Drive next to the campus in Collegedale where we will begin the hike. Hike Leader Jack Callahan 423-284-7885 or jackn1945@bellsouth.net if you plan to attend. Coordinates for the trailhead parking lot 35 deg 02 min 38.78 sec North, 85 deg 03 min 15.08 sec. W. Trip Report: Eight hikers made the hike at White Oak Mountain, and we were guided by Rhonda Scott, who is very familiar with the trail complex. We hiked from the trailhead up to the ridgeline, north following the ridge, and gradually back down to the point of beginning utilizing numerous trails. Leaf off provided us with some great views to the west as well as the interesting terrain and rock outcrops along the ridge. Several deer casually walked near us and the weather was perfect for hiking. We completed the hike and had lunch at the nice trailhead facility. On the way home a stop was made at McKee Bakery Store to observe the necessary items a hiker should always have, and several purchases were made. They do provide shopping carts. Hikers included Sue Robinson, Judy Price, Linda Kryssing, Megan Callahan, James Anderson, Jennifer Schroll, Rhonda Scott and event leader Jack Callahan.

MARCH 14, 2019  THURSDAY MONTHLY CLUB MEETING
We will meet at the Etowah Community Center at 6 pm, pot luck supper, with a presentation by Larry and Candy Van Dyke  on their trip to India.  The Community Center is located on Hwy 30
approximately 1/2 mile west of the Hwy 30/Hwy 411 intersection in Etowah. Mtg Report: We met at the Etowah Community Center at 6 pm, and enjoyed a wonderful meal with a wide selection of dishes and desserts, all provided by the members. After supper we were treated with a presentation by Larry and Candy Van Dyke on their trip to India. Their slides and description of the trip were really great. Thanks to Larry and Candy, to all for the great meal, and to our visitors and new members for coming. See Sue's minutes for more detail.

MARCH 16, 2019 SATURDAY  ALBRIGHT GROVE HIKE IN THE GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NP.
Approximately 7 mile hike with an elevation gain of about 1500 feet, rated moderate. This area is home to many large poplar, Frazer magnolia, basswood and beech in a virgin old growth stand. We will stop for supper on the way home.  Bring a lunch, water and sturdy hiking shoes. This route was last hiked by the club in 2008. Time and location of carpool from Cleveland/Benton to be determined. Hike Leader Randy Morris, 423-650-0485 or randytaylormorris@gmail.com. Trip Report: Seven, and then eight (met one on the trail), club members visited the Cosby area of Great Smoky Mountains National Park on March 16 to hike part of the Maddron Bald Trail and the Albright Grove Loop. We hiked a total of about 8 miles and enjoyed beautiful weather, gazing at many large trees, for which this hike is famous, and touring an old cabin from one of the original settlers. We viewed large hemlocks, tulip poplars and basswoods to name a few. Unfortunately many once impressive hemlocks have already died and fallen. We also enjoyed several nice streams and small waterfalls which were enhanced due to all of the recent rain. Several members commented that a future longer hike might be in order for this beautiful area. Participating were club members Jack, Margaret and Megan Callahan; James Anderson; Sue Robinson; Judy Price; Al Johnson; and hike leader Randy Morris reporting.

MARCH 22, 2019  FRIDAY  HIKE IN THE BIG FROG WILDERNESS AREA

Actual trail and length to be determined.  Hike leader Mike Friedman, 954-296-9098 or michael911101676@aol.com.

MARCH 30-31, 2019 SATURDAY/SUNDAY OVERNIGHT CAMPING/FISHING TRIP, PARKSVILLE LAKE
We will camp on the lakeside in a primitive campsite in the Baker Creek arm of the lake.  We will use the Forest Service boat ramp at Sugar Loaf as our access point.  Plan on four meals including a supper and a breakfast. For more details if you are interested in putting your name on the list, contact Jack Callahan at 423-284-7885 or jackn1945@bellsouth.net. TO BE RESCHEDULED DUE TO WEATHER

April 

APRIL 2, 2019  TUESDAY  NON-HIKING DAY TO GAINESVILLE GEORGIA TO DO A VARIETY OF THINGS INCLUDING THE PIEDMONT HOTEL AND MUSEUM, BOTANICAL GARDENS, AND NORTHEAST GEORGIA HISTORY CENTER.
Piedmont hotel, opened by Lt General James Longstreet was a social hub and guests included Woodrow Wilson and Joel Chandler Harris. The botanical garden is destined to be one of the largest and most diverse woodland gardens in the country ($8.95/person). It includes a visitor center, outdoor gardens and a model train garden. The history center at Brenau University ($5 admission) includes photos and artifacts of moments in history, Chief White Path's cabin and much more. Event leader Ann Gray and Letha Kelly, 423-240-8863, ahysinger7511@charter.net, meet at Food City on McGrady Drive in Cleveland at 8 am to carpool. You must contact Ann if you plan to attend this event to insure we do not leave anyone behind at the meeting location. Trip Report: The April 2 trip to Gainesville, GA, was a fun day with the following attending: Jack& Margaret Callahan, Clayton & Ruth Pannell, Barbara Morgan, Brenda Kelley, Judy Price, Deb Slaughter, Jackie Williams, and trip organizers Ann Gray and Letha Kelly. The group started with a stop at the Piedmont Hotel, which was owned by General James Longstreet for about 20 years after the Civil War ended. A small wing of the hotel has been preserved and houses the museum and the Longstreet Society. Following lunch at the Longstreet Cafe, we toured the Northeast Georgia History Center containing exhibits about the poultry industry since Gainesville is known as the Poultry Capital of the World. the disastrous tornado of 1936 which killed 203 people, and the Whitepath Cabin. Chief Whitepath was the Cherokee tribal leader and the cabin was built around 1780 near Ellijay, GA. Following the history center, we went to the Atlanta Botanical Gardens at the Gainesville site.

APRIL 6-7, 2019  OCOWASSEE FESTIVAL AT HIWASSEE OCOEE STATE PARK AT THE GEE CREEK RANGER STATION
Two days of indoor/outdoor activities, including programs on campfire cooking, bird watching, and wildflower hikes. For a complete list of times and events go to the Ocowassee Festival, Upcoming Events, under the Hiwassee Ocoee State Park web site. Leon Bates will lead a Wildflower Walk at 10 am, and Jack Callahan will give a presentation on Backpacking at 4 pm. The ranger station is located at 404 Spring Creek Road, in Delano, Tennessee. Event Report: The Festival was well represented this year with several Hiking Club members participating in various events. Leon Bates led a wildflower walk from the boat put in along the river, and through the area between the group camping area and the Ranger office, which was very well attended. Ruth and Clayton Pannell shared a booth with the BMTA and shared information with visitors about the BMT and the Cherokee Hiking Club. Jack Callahan gave a presentation on planning, equipment needs and food requirements for a backpacking, with emphasis on light weight equipment. The Club thanks Park Manager Angelo Giansante and ranger Gillian Roberts for allowing members to share our story with the attendees.

APRIL 11, 2019  THURSDAY  MONTHLY CLUB MEETING..POT LUCH SUPPER AT THE PAVALION AT CHARLESTON CITY PARK, CHARLESTON, TN. We will meet at 6 pm rain or shine. Be sure to attend and learn about trail whistle signals. Event Report: Meeting was well attended...see Sue's meeting notes for more detail. Also see the last page of this document for the proposal based on Randy Morris's suggestion of rewarding hike leaders. This has evolved and should be read by all club members. At the May club meeting we will have a "First Reading" of the proposal, and consider further input, with a final vote to be done at the June club meeting.

APRIL 13, 2019 SATURDAY  BMTA TRAIL MAINTENANCE CHILDERS CREEK TO BIG BEND PARKING LOTS
Meet at 9 am at the Childers Creek parking lot/trailhead to help in maintaining the Club section of the BMTA. This is a three mile section along the Hiwassee River just upstream from Reliance, TN. Bring gloves, boots, hand tools and a lunch and water for a day of brush clearing and trash cleanup along the trail. This time of year there are a multitude of flowers usually in bloom along the river. Hike Leader Clayton Pannell, 423-263-9730 or crpannell@comcast.net.  Trip Report: With a bad weather report and a wet and rainy day for any outdoor active the trail was so muddy that we could not do a shuttle from Childers Creek To Big Bend. Fourteen workers came out to do a trail cleanup on the Muir trail, led by Clayton Pannell. We signed up under an umbrella. The rain was very light when we started up the trail and played out early in the day. From BSA Troop No 444; Furnished us with three adults and five young ladies. Thanks to Jennifer Schroll and the scout troop and all who came out to do one of the largest clean up groups on the John Muir trail.

APRIL 16, 2019  TUESDAY  IJAMS NATURE CENTER WILDFLOWER WALK
Ijams Nature Center is located at 2915 Island Home Ave in Knoxville, TN, approximately 1.5 hours drive from Cleveland. We will hike some of their wildflower trails along the river, approximately 2 miles total, then have lunch (bring your own) on the grounds. Leon Bates will help us identify many of the flowers which will be in bloom at this time of year. To car pool from Cleveland, Meet at the Home Depot parking lot on Paul Huff Parkway at 8:30 am. Hike Leader Jack Callahan, 423-284-7885 or jackn1945@bellsouth.net. Please contact Jack if you plan to attend. Trip Report: Thirteen lucky club members met at the center around 10 am and had a really nice wildflower walk, led by Leon Bates. There were fields of may apple in bloom, as well as trillium, jack-in-the -pulpit, Pawpaw, columbine, and the list goes on and on. After about a 2.5 hour walk, we enjoyed lunch at the Center picnic area, and then drove around to the upper end of the river boardwalk to experience that aspect of the trail complex. Along the walk we were treated to observe a large eastern water snake sunning itself in the rock bluff. It ignored us. Thanks to all who came out and made this a special day, and to Leon for his vast knowledge of the plants. Event Leader, Jack Callahan.

APRIL 20, 2019  SATURDAY  GRUNDY FOREST DAY LOOP WITH FIERY GIZZARD SIDE TRIP
2.0 loop trail with a side trip on Fiery Gizzard trail of 0.9 miles to a waterfall/cascade. Total mileage of about 4 miles. Difficulty moderate, bring a lunch, hiking shoes and water. The trailhead originates at the Grundy Forest State Natural Area Picnic Shelter in Tracy City, TN, coordinates 35 deg 15 min 07.55 sec N, 85 deg 44 min 50.28 sec W. . To carpool from Cleveland, meet at the Park and Ride at I-75 and Hwy 60 next to the Mapco/BP station on Hwy 60,Exit 25 at 8:30 am. Drive time approximately 1.5 hours for Cleveland. Hike Leader , Jack Callahan 423-284-7885 or jackn1945@bellsouth.net. Please contact Jack if you plan to attend. Trip Report: Four club members made the one and a half hour drive to Tracy City, where we got an overview of the Fiery Gizzard trail system by the Park Manager at the South Cumberland State Park Headquarters. From there we drove the short distance to the trailhead and began our walk. The weather was overcast and a slight drizzle, with a few wet snow flakes joining us. Once we were on the trail, the weather was forgotten as we enjoyed waterfall after waterfall, large stands of healthy hemlock, and numerous early wildflowers. On the return loop we walked the interpretative trail around the remains of the CCC camp, which is new, and is very well done. Actual photos of the time period at numerous building remains give a good idea of what the camp and camp life was like in the late 30s. In this same area there were large numbers of pink lady slippers, many just beginning to bloom. On the way back we stopped at the 100 plus year old Dutch Maid bakery for some power food, and a quick stop by Foster Falls completed our trip. Hikers included Judy Price, Judy Norton, Jennifer Schroll and event leader Jack Callahan.

APRIL 23-27, 2019 SPRING WILDFLOWER PILGRIMAGE, GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NP
See the GSMNP website for more details.

APRIL 27, 2019  SATURDAY  MCGILL SECTION OF THE CUMBERLAND TRAIL
Moderate 4.8 miles, in and out. Pack a lunch, water and wear sturdy hiking shoes. Meet at park and ride, adjacent to the Mapco/BP station at I-75 exit 25 at 9 am to carpool, or meet at the Roaring Creek trailhead at 10 am, on Brayton Road, coordinates N35 deg 27 min 28.51 sec, W 85 deg 06 min 20.49 sec. If you plan to attend, contact Hike Leader Judy Price, jprice.bird@yahoo.com. Trip Report: Eight hikers and one dog made the approximately 5 mile round trip hike from Roaring Creek Trailhead in Graysville. We had a short road walk at the beginning and, after passing through a blow down, crossed a drainage area and began ascending. The trail ran along Brayton Road, which we crossed about a mile in, and, after looking at the mountain views, we began descending toward the creek. After another drainage crossing, we reached the bridge over McGill Creek, where the trail currently ends. The club members had lunch at the picturesque site, then returned to the trailhead. The weather was warm and sunny. Hikers included Sue Robinson, Jack Callahan, Linda Kryssing, Mike Friedman, guests Joe Cate, Jean Ellis, and Nancy Carroll. Judy Price, hike leader.


May 

MAY 4, 2019  SATURDAY LITTLE RIVER TRAIL IN THE GSMNP - Elkmont area of GSMNP. This is an easy trail that parallels the picturesque Little River. The trail is 4.9 RT (round trip) miles, but some may turn around sooner. If you want to carpool or follow, we will meet at 8:30 am in the Food City grocery store parking lot in ETOWAH on Hwy. 411N & Hwy. 30E, & travel Hwy. 411N through Maryville to Townsend & proceed through GSMNP Little River Rd. to Y intersection on to Elkmont Campground. If you come from Gatlinburg to Sugarlands Visitor Center, go right towards Metcalf Bottoms & Cades Cove, then to Elkmont Campground. Drive time from Cleveland approximately 2 hours. Bring water, rain gear, snacks or lunch (unless we want to eat in Townsend or Gatlinburg). Hike leaders Ruth & Clayton Pannell. For more information contact 423-506-9623; 423-263-9730; or crpannell@comcast.net.

MAY 7-11, 2019  TUESDAY-SATURDAY  WILDERNESS WILDLIFE WEEK PIGEON FORGE, TN

Nature lovers, hikers, and outdoor enthusiasts unite for educational programs and guided hikes in the Smokes.  For more information go to mypigeonforge.com.

MAY 9, 2019  THURSDAY  MONTHLY CLUB MEETING   CHARLESTON PARK, POT LUCK.
Numerous adventuresome souls gambled that the rain would not interfere with our meeting, and they were correct! We had nice weather and great food as usual. Thanks to all those who ventured out and made it a nice get together.

MAY 11-12, 2019  SATURDAY-SUNDAY  BARTER THEATER/VIRGINIA CREEPER TRAIL BIKE RIDE ABINGDON/DAMASCUS, VIRGINIA -Travel to Abingdon for an evening at the Barter Theater, overnight at motel in Abingdon, and ride the Creeper Trail Sunday morning before returning home. Play on Saturday night is "Ms Buttermilk". Lots of options for restaurants in the Abingdon area. Event Leader, Jennifer Scholl 423-284-1256 text or jennifergeologist@gmail.com to confirm if you plan to attend. Drive time from Cleveland to Abingdon is three hours. Tickets for the Barter Theater are on sale now. Purchase tickets for the Saturday May 11 show at 8 pm. On Sunday We will meet at Blue Blazes Bike and Shuttle in Damascus at 10 am. Bike rentals are $25 and the shuttle is $16. They will take us to White Top trailhead and we will ride 17 miles downhill back to the bike shop. We can stop at Taylors Valley Café (famous for chocolate cake) for lunch or bring your own. Picnic tables available). Saturday night stay in Abingdon, with several motels to chose from. Consider using the Country Inn near Huddle House. Contact Jennifer for carpool information if you are leaving from Cleveland. We plan to leave Cleveland at 1 pm and arrive at the Country Inn around 4 pm. Trip Report: Five club members headed off to Abingdon and had supper at a nice restaurant, 128 Pecan. Afterwards we caught the 8pm play, Mrs. Buttermilk, at the Barter Theater...it was hilarious! That in itself made the trip. The next morning we were welcomed with torrential rains, but gambled and headed out to Damascus to the bike rental. By the time we had made the shuttle to White Top, the rain had stopped, and we had no rain all the way back to Damascus on the Virginia Creeper Trail. There was very little traffic and it was a great ride down the mountain, with very pleasant temps. After a filling lunch in Damascus, we headed for home, and made it back to Cleveland before dark. Jennifer Schroll was the event leader, and joining were Elizabeth Levine, Megan Callahan, Margaret Callahan and Jack Callahan.

MAY 18, 2019  SATURDAY  NORTHEAST FLANK OF BIG FROG HIKE
- It will be a loop hike that will involve part of the BMT and the Big Frog Trail. We will begin the hike where the BMT crosses forest road 221. We will follow the BMT for approximately 4.5 miles to the area of Chimneytop on the north side of Big Frog. When we intersect the Big Frog Trail we will turn right onto the Big Frog Trail and hike out approximately 3.75 miles to the parking lot. We will probably park a vehicle there so we can get the other vehicle or vehicles. If we don't, then it is approximately a .75 mile walk along forest road 221 to return to the spot we departed from. I estimate there is about 1500 feet of elevation change and there are 3 stream crossings. In the past I have always been able to rock hop those fairly easily. The section along Rough Creek is usually very pretty and passes by a number of hemlock trees. These trails are typically rated moderate according to the trail maps. The total mileage should be in the 8-9 mile range. We will meet in the parking lot at Hobby Lobby at 8:00 am on Saturday the 18th, at 8:30 am in the parking lot of Hardees in Ocoee, and then finally at 9:00 am in the parking lot of Thunder Rock Campground. We can figure out the car shuttle there. If the weather looks iffy then you can call or text James Anderson at 423-715-8824 to see if the hike is still on. Trip Report: It was a warm and sunny Saturday, 5-18-19, when 7 hikers ventured on an approximately 8 mile loop on the northeast flank of Big Frog. Before getting to the Big Frog trail the group used the Benton Mackaye Trail to hike in to the intersection with the Big Frog Trail. There were three creek crossing involved but they were not a problem as we had not had much rain prior to the hike. Those participating that day were Jack Callahan, Judy Price, Deborah Slaughter, Randy Morris, Sue Robinson, Tracy Brooks, and hike leader James Anderson.

MAY 23, 2019  THURSDAY  ABRAMS FALLS HIKE, GSMNP - Approximately 5 miles roundtrip, moderate difficulty. Hike in form the Cades Cove trailhead. To carpool from Cleveland, meet at the Home Depot parking lot on Paul Huff Parkway at 7:30 am. approximate drive time is two hours. If want to meet in Cades Cove, meet at the large parking lot on left at the beginning of the one way loop road in the Cove. Pack lunch, water and wear sturdy hiking shoes. Hike Leader Jack Callahan 423-284-7885 or jackn1945@bellsouth.net. Hike Report: Six club members and two visitors made the 5 mile round trip to Abrams Falls, and the hike lived up to its billing as being one of the busiest in the park. We saw dozens of hikers coming and going to the falls. The ride on the loop road in Cades Cove provided us a great view of black bears, as well as at least an hour delay. Thankfully the bears wandered off and a Park Ranger showed up to get traffic moving. The falls are spectacular, and well worth the trip. Hikers included Margaret Callahan, Judy Price, Sandra Corn, Will Dostie, Al Johnson and his two friends, Kate Zavaracky and Drew Tucker. Hike Leader Jack Callahan

June

JUNE 6, 2019  THURSDAY  TURTLETOWN FALLS - Moderate 4 mile round trip hike into the falls, pack a lunch and water and good hiking shoes. Meet at 10 am at the Turtletown Post Office at 10 am to carpool to the trailhead. Hike Leader, Sue Robinson, 423-519-9751 or keyster162@gmail.com.

JUNE 8, 2019  SATURDAY  SCENIC SPUR TRAIL - Approximately 3.4 mile easy trail with two stream crossings and on steep pitch grade. Meet at 10 am at the trailhead which is on Hwy TN 30 just off of US Hwy 64. The trailhead is signed and is on the left just after you turn off of US 64. Bring snacks, water and be prepared to perhaps wade the creek. Hike Leaders Ruth and Clayton Pannell, 423-263-9730 or 423-435-1848 or crpannell@comcast.net.

JUNE 13, 2019  THURSDAY  MONTHLY CLUB MEETING  We will meet again at the Charleston City Park Pavilion, at 6 pm. Pot Luck supper. We will have some great stories to share about the past month's events.

JUNE 14-17 2019  FRIDAY-MONDAY  AT BACKPACKING TRIP IN GSMNP
26 mile, strenuous backpacking hike from Clingmans Dome to Cades Cove. Trails include the AT and Bote Mountain and Anthony Creek trails. Will need car shuttle from Cades Cove to Clingmans Dome. Buddy has permits for 5 hikers and there is one slot available if someone wants to join. First night will stay at Double Springs shelter, second night at Derrick Knob shelter, third night at Spence Field shelter, and day four, hike out to Cades Cove. Cannot tent camp, must stay in shelters. Must contact Hike Leader Buddy Arnold, 601-415-3551 or we_arnold@bellsouth.net if you want to be included in this hike.

JUNE 20, 2019  THURSDAY ANDREWS BALD HIKE GSMNP
Hike out and back to Andrews Bald, approximately 3.6 miles with approximately 600 foot elevation gain on way back to trailhead from the bald, moderately strenuous. Pack a lunch, water and wear sturdy footwear. Hike leader is car camping at Smokemont campground the night before to save drive time on Thursday morning. Hike Leader Jack Callahan, 423-284-7885 or jackn1945@bellsouth.net to arrange details on car pool and camping options. We will meet at the trailhead which is at the upper end of large parking lot at Clingman's Dome at 10 am to begin hike. Look for the hikers wearing orange baseball caps.

July 

JULY 18, 2019 THURSDAY   BRUSHY MOUNTAIN PRISON TOUR
Tour the infamous Brushy Mountain prison, which is now in private ownership (tourbrushy.com). Drive through Petros, TN, where many of the scenes form the move "October Sky" were filmed. Recommend watching the movie before the trip. Meet a t the Home Depot parking lot in Cleveland off Paul Huff Parkway at 8:30 am to carpool to the prison, drive time about one hour and forty five minutes. Event Leader Jack Callahan  423-284-7885 or jackn1945@bellsouth.net.

August    

AUGUST 9-12, 2019  FRIDAY-MONDAY  MOUNT MITCHEL BACKPACKING TRIP
Mount Mitchell and Pisgah National Forest, utilizing trails no 191,179,128 and 190. Difficulty strenuous, approximately 15 miles.  Day One, meet at Carolina Hemlocks campground and camp for the night. Day Two to Maple Bald Primitive campsite via Trail 191, 5 miles and 2600 foot elevation gain.  Day Three, to Commissary Hill primitive campsite via Mt Mitchell Trails 191a and 128 to 190 and campsite.  Possible loop trail around Mt Mitchell of 4 additional miles. Campsite is at 5800 foot elevation. Day Four, to Black Mountain Campground and camp or return to Cleveland. Will need two vehicles for each 6 backpackers minimum. Limited to 12 hikers.  To put your name on the list contact Hike Leader Buddy Arnold , 601-415-3551 or we_arnold@bellsouth.net.

AUGUST 14, 2019  WEDNESDAY  HIWASSEE RIVER FLOAT TRIP
 Gee Creek to Patty Bridge.  Meet at the put inn at Gee Creek day use area at 1.00 pm to organize shuttle and begin float.  Event Leader Sue Robinson, 423-519-9751 or keyster162@GMAIL.COM.

September

SEPTEMBER 3-12 , 2019  WIND RIVER BACKPACKING TRIP
Six day, Five night, 40 mile backpacking trip in the Wind River Wilderness in Wyoming.  Fly into and out of Jackson Hole , Wyoming and spend time in Pinedale on either side of backpacking trip to acclimate to elevation.  Permits have been acquired for the 12 persons signed up.  THIS EVENT IS FULL.  Event Leader Jack Callahan, 423-284-7885 or jackn1945@bellsouth.net.

SEPTEMBER 14, 2019  SATURDAY  THUNDER ROCK EXPRESS

SEPTEMBER 19, 2019  THURSDAY  MONTHLY CLUB MEETING   TBD
Approximately 4 miles, moderate. Pack snacks and water and wear sturdy footwear. Meet at the Thunderrock Trailhead just downstream from Powerhouse #3 on the Ocoee River at 9 am to begin to carpool to trailhead. Hike Leader Mike Freidman, 954-296-9098 or michael911101676@aol.com.

SEPTEMBER 21, 2019  SATURDAY  BUGGY TOP CAVE AT CARTER NATURAL AREA
Four and a half miles out and back, with an option to go through a section of cave. Hike is easy to moderate, with exception of one short very steep section. If you chose to go through the cave, it is very strenuous, and require special gear...helmet, gloves, two lights and knee pads recommended. There will be rock scrambling and crawling.   We will hike to the Peter entrance, then either enter cave or hike around to the main entrance. Everyone will meet at the main entrance and hike back to vehicles.  Hike Leader Jennifer Schroll, 423-284-1256 or jennifergeologist@gmail.com.  Carpool will be determined as we get closer to the hike date.

SEPTEMBER 21, 2019  SATURDAY  NARROWS HIKE ALONG THE HIWASSEE RIVER
Easy 4.5 mile hike, with one short pitch grade. Hike will parallel the river along the John Muir and BMT . Pack a lunch, water, rain gear and insect repellant. Wear good hiking shoes. Meet at the vacant lot across from the Hiwassee Corner Market on the corner of US 411 and Hwy 30 at 9:00 am to carpool to the trailhead. Hike Leaders Ruth and Clayton Pannell, 423-263-9730 or 423-506-9623.

October 

OCTOBER 5, 2019  SATURDAY  CANEY CREEK TOWNSITE VIA TRAIL #74
Approximately 7.5 miles round trip , moderate.  Bring a lunch, water, sturdy hiking boots and be prepared to ford a stream. We will eat lunch at the Historic Caney Creek settlement, which was also called the Town without Cars.  The town was constructed for workers who constructed the Ocoee flume,power house and dam. It was dismantled in the early 1940s after TVA took over the power production.  Meet at the Hardees's on Hwy 411 and US 64 at 8 am to carpool to the trailhead.  Hike Leader jack Callahan, 423-284-7885 or jackn1945@belsouth.net.

OCTOBER 10, 2019  THURSDAY  MONTHLY CLUB MEETING PIZZA NIGHT
We will meet at 6 pm at the home of Ann and Bill Gray to have our annual pizza meeting, meal furnished by the club. Their address is 2349 Varnell Road, Cleveland, TN.

OCTOBER 12, 2019  SATURDAY JOHN MUIR TRAIL CLEANUP
 Club will do trash cleanup and maintenance on the three mile section of trail between Childers Creek trailhead and Big Bend trailhead.  Meet at the Childers Creek trailhead to organize car shuttle to Big Bend. Childers Creek is just upstream from the bridge across the Hiwassee River at Reliance, TN. Wear sturdy boots, gloves, bring lunch, water and raingear.   Hike Leaders Ruth and Clayton Pannell, 423-263-9730 or 423-435-1848 or crpannell@comcast.net.

OCTOBER 20-25, SUNDAY-FRIDAY  BIG SOUTH FORK NRRA CLUB CAMPOUT
We have group site E-1 reserved for the club.  There are numerous campsites (no Electricity at sites) and a screened in pavilion with fireplace, picnic tables and electrical outlets. The site includes a bathhouse with hot showers for use by the club only. We will compute the cost based on the total number of nights spent and split the cost. Based on previous trips, this usually works out to about $8 to $10 per person per night. This will include all the firewood. We will do day trips and one hike will be the Honey Creek loop hike.  Event Leader Jack Callahan, 423-284-7885 or jackn1945@bellsouth.net.  Firewood acquisition, Otis Pannell.  Meal menus, Ruth Pannell and Joanne Jackson, et al.

November 

NOVEMBER 9, 2019  SATURDAY  BLOOD MOUNTAIN HIKE
Hike in the North Georgia mountains along the AT.  Length approximately 6.2 miles, strenuous, with an elevation gain of 1500 feet over 2.3 miles. Pack a lunch, water and wear sturdy boots.  A steep climb, but great views, and visit the Walusi-Yi Center on the AT.  Hike Leader Randy Morris, 423-650-0485 or randytaylormorris@gmail.com. Meet at the Ocoee Hardees's on Hwy 411 at the US 64 Hwy 411 intersection at 7:30 am to carpool to trailhead.

NOVEMBER 14, 2019  MONTHLY CLUB MEETING  TBD

NOVEMBER 16-17, 2019  SATURDAY-SUNDAY CHIEF LADIGA BIKE TRAIL
Travel to Piedmont, Alabama and bike the 17 mile section of trail from the Georgia line west to Piedmont.  Overnight at City campground in Piedmont, and return to Cleveland Sunday am. Final details to be worked out as we get closer to the date. Event Leader Jack Callahan, 423-284-7885.

NOVEMBER 30, 2019  LINDA DAVIS MEMORIAL GREENWAY HIKE
Cleveland Bradley County Greenway, meet at 9:am at the Raider Drive Pavilion and walk 6-8 miles depending on how much you want to do. Easy walk with paved tread and no grade. Enjoy great conversation and burn off that turkey gravy and dressing.   Hike Leader  Randy Morris, 423-650-0485 or randytaylormorris@gmail.com.

December

DECEMBER 14, 2019 SATURDAY  CLUB CHRISTMAS PARTY
Currently scheduled for 6 pm at the Benton Station Baptist Church, with catering to be done by the Dam Deli. Induction of new officers, Unwashed Santa gift exchange and great fun.