Cherokee Hiking Club
198 Crews Drive, Benton, TN 37307
Cherokee Hiking Club Calendar
Hike Difficulty Rating Scale (per Chattanooga Hiking Club)
CHC Hike Calendar for 2020 - good for printing
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Benton MacKaye Trail Assn Hike Schedule
WEDNESDAY WALKS ON THE CLEVELAND GREENWAY Every Wednesday Jack Callahan leads a 3.75 mile walk on the Cleveland Greenway, meeting at the lower end of the parking lot across from Perkits and the Gondolier restaurant adjacent to Keith Street. Meet time is currently 4:30 pm. A note is sent out the beginning of each week on the walk on Messenger. Contact Jack Callahan at 423-284-7885 if you want to be included in the messages.
THURSDAY THIRD WEEK OF THE MONTH Join us for conversation over breakfast at 8:30 am beginning with Old Fort Restaurant on 25th Street in Cleveland, starting in February. For more information, contact Jack Callahan at 423-284-7885.
JANUARY 1, 2020 WEDNESDAY 10 AM TO 12 NOON FIRST DAY HIKE OCOEE HIWASSEE STATE PARK Meet at the Gee Creek Ranger Station and the hike will involve a walk at Taylor's Island, then on to the Fisherman's Trail and Lowery Falls. Go to http://www.facebook.com/events/2524532661164192/ for information.
JANUARY 4, 2020 SATURDAY 1 PM CHIEF VANN NATURE TRAIL Meet at the Vann House, 82 Highway 225 N, Chatsworth, GA, and enjoy a guided tour of the nature trail. Included in the admission of the park $5.50-$6.50. The walk is about one mile.
JANUARY 12, 2020 SUNDAY 2 PM - CALENDAR PLANNING MEETING at the Etowah Methodist Church - Had a nice turnout and developed a good agenda for 2020. Lots of variety with non-hiking events; short, easy and long, difficult hikes; as well as several backpacking trips from one to six nights, with the six-night trip scheduled for Ansel Adams Wilderness area on the Inyo Forest in California. See calendar below.
JANUARY 15, 2020 WEDNESDAY 830 AM TO 3 PM CANEY CREEK SETTLEMENT WORK TRIP Rick Harris is planning a work trip on FS trail #74, the access to Caney Creek Settlement. Meet at Thunder Rock trailhead parking area just below Powerhouse #3 on the Ocoee River to carpool to the beginning of the trail. Plans are to use watercraft to ferry workers and equipment back across river to Caney Put-in. See http://www.facebook.com/events/662380380964532/ for more information. Work will include tree removal, brushing, and blaze painting. Drivers will be needed to return vehicles to the trailhead at Thunder Rock after dropping off work crew. The trail is approximately 3 miles, and the crews will be allowed to drive in to the end of the closed road to beginning of trail to save time. If interested, contact Rick Harris at email@example.com or text 513-260-1184. RESCHEDULED TO MARCH 2 DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER
JANUARY 16-19, 2020 LOOKOUT WILD FILM FESTIVAL TIVOLI THEATER CHATTANOOGA
Several members have attended this event over the past couple of years and it is well worth the trip. Cost is $15 per performance or $45 for the entire production. Go to www.lookoutfilmfestival.org for more information. Last year several of us got together for supper in downtown Chattanooga afterwards, and will plan on doing so again this year for the Saturday afternoon performance. Trip Report:Nine club members and friends made different showings at the Tivoli Theater in downtown Chattanooga, including the Friday evening, Saturday matinee and Saturday evening shows. Shows included mountain climbing in Patagonia (19 days on the side of mountain), endangered pangolins in Africa, burro racing in Colorado, Tennessee Land Trust, Little River in North Alabama, base jumping, life in a remote town in Alaska, and many more. Some excellent photography and highly entertaining subjects. After the Saturday matinee, several folks had supper at the Crust pizza in south Chattanooga, a great way to close out the evening. Club members included Lettie and Jim Whisman, Judy Price, Jennifer and Mitchel Schroll, Margaret Callahan and Jack Callahan, Event Leader.
JANUARY 20-24, 2020 Monday-Friday, Winter Hike Week in the Smokies on Meetup. Multiple hikes each day, with several hikes led by club members. For more information, or contact Richard Harris at 513-260-1184. Trip Report: This event was a huge success with over a 100 in attendance and about 20 hikes carried out. Each night folks gathered for social hour and out to dinner at local restaurants.
JANUARY 21, 2020 Tuesday McMinn County Living Heritage Museum, 522 West Madison Ave, Athens, TN. Join us to tour the museum, with or guide Mary Alton, club member and volunteer at the museum. Currently there is a Smithsonian display on Changes in Rural America, among other interesting items highlighting McMinn County history. Meet at the museum at 10 am, and after the tour we will eat lunch in Athens. Event Leader, Jack Callahan, 423-284-7885, firstname.lastname@example.org. To carpool from Cleveland, meet at the Home Depot parking lot on Paul Huff in Cleveland near the gardening center at 9:20 AM. Trip Report: Six club members enjoyed the museum, with club member Mary Alton, museum volunteer, giving us a great walk through. The museum is a very well-organized and interesting place, with many items from McMinn County that have been donated through the years by residents and others. Special attention is given to veterans and all individuals for the past 300 plus years. The museum has special speakers who give presentations so keep an eye on their website. If you enjoy history, and like to see how tools and equipment have advanced over time, this is a great place. After our visit several of us enjoyed lunch at Angela's, a really good Cuban restaurant just across the street from the museum. In attendance were Judy Norton, Judy Price, Mary Alton, Teresa Pannell, Margaret Callahan and Jack Callahan, Event Leader.
JANUARY 24, 2020, Friday Hike the Eureka Trail in Athens, TN. Easy Rails to Trails pathway, flat and wide with good surface, marked every 1/4 mile and continues 4 miles to Englewood. Trail begins at large parking lot just past Mayfield Dairy plant off CR 307, or from Tellico Ave, turn right onto CR 307. Walk as far as you want and return (we do not have to stay together). This is a mixed use trail with walking, biking and some horses. Meet in the parking lot at 10 am. Hike leader Ruth Pannell , 423-506-9623 or 423-263-9730. Hike Report: Three club members, a guest and a canine hiked the rails-to-trails Eureka Trail in Athens, TN. The forecast called for rain, but we decided to take our chances. A couple of cyclists braved the weather, too. About two miles in, the sky opened and so did our umbrellas. The inclement weather made the trail mysterious and also made the four-mile hike one we will remember. In attendance were Hike Leaders Ruth and Clayton Pannell, Judy Price, and Howard Watson.
JANUARY 29-FEBRUARY 7, 2020 TELLICO TRAIL OF TEARS REMEDIATION PROJECT - Please consider joining us one or more days between Jan 29 and Feb 7, including the weekend days to fix issues with the Unicoi Turnpike where it travels through the 400 acre parcel of land recently acquired by the USFS near Coker Creek which includes the site of Fort Armistead. The Unicoi Turnpike was used by settlers to travel between NC, SC and TN through the low gap in the mountains, Unicoi Gap. The BMT runs right through this gap. Fort Armistead was a waypoint for the Cherokee and Creek to move them from the mountains to Oklahoma around 1838 on the Trail of Tears. Fort Armistead was also the site of a Civil War encampment. Eventually it is hoped that this stretch of the Unicoi Turnpike will be linked to the Unicoi Turnpike Historical Trail, which comes off the BMT near Unicoi Gap. Also, in the future a visitor center or placards may be built at the site of Fort Armistead. As indicated in the flyer, there is a need for about 10 volunteers each of the 10 days of this project. Personnel with the USFS will be using machinery to repair the tread of the Unicoi Turnpike. Volunteers will be smoothing and compacting the soil and will be involved in building wooden zig-zag fences and other activities. If you are available any of these days, sign up by contacting Melissa Twaroski as noted in the flyer. This
is a great opportunity to support the activities of the USFS, the Cherokee Indian Nation, and the Trail of Tears Association. Representatives from the BMTA, the Thursday Tellico Trail Crew, the Southern Appalachian Back Country Horsemen, and the Cherokee Hiking Club are meeting with Melissa in early January to work out the details for the remediation project. So, keep an eye on the BMTA and Cherokee Hiking Club Facebook pages for further information, as well as the Tellico/Ocoee Volunteer Trail Crew Facebook page. Richard Harris Event Report: Each day about 12 folks were signed up to complete this project, which ran ahead of schedule due to the excellent participation in this event. Great work, everyone. This massive project was completed in half the time expected, 6 days instead of the planned 10 days, including volunteers f rom the Benton MacKaye Trail Association and the Cherokee Hiking Club. Numerous folks volunteered their time to right a wrong done about 5 years ago. A little history is in order. It has been known f rom long ago that the Trail of Tears for many of the Cherokee and Creek Indians in the mountains of TN and NC followed the Unicoi Turnpike route across the mountains through Unicoi Gap, then through Tellico, Charleston, and Blythe Ferry down to Ross's Landing (Chattanooga). Probably 3-4000 Cherokee and Creek started their journey to Oklahoma on this TOT route in 1838 and 1839. The Cherokee National Forest purchased 400+ acres adjacent to the Doc Rogers Fields area through which the Unicoi Turnpike ran about 5 years ago. It was f irst purchased by the Conservation Fund, then turned over to the USFS. While it was under ownership of the Conservation Fund, the CNF put in numerous tank traps (50 or so) to stop motorcycle and ATV use on the old trail, not requiring NEPA since the property was not owned by the CNF at the time. They did this without notifying the Cherokee, the TN Heritage folks, TOT Assn, or any other groups. It was only discovered by the Cherokee and the CNF archeologist Quinton Bass by accident when they went on a walk on the old route and out to Fort Armistead (also owned by the CNF). Through numerous meetings in Tellico Plains with all the involved parties, a plan was created to remove the tank traps and to develop a hiking trail on the old route as well as to develop plans for interpretative signs, and possible a visitor center. So now over the past 4 years the CNF has been trying to right the wrong done. This several-day project was to f ill in all the tank traps, put in netting, straw bales, and wattles and plant grass in the repaired areas. Also, numerous wildf lowers were planted along Peels Branch and a cedar split rail fence in the area where the TVA high tension lines cross the trail. On this project were representatives f rom the Cherokee, USFS, Benton MacKaye Trail Assn, Southern Appalachian Back Country Horsemen, SAWS, Tellico/Ocoee Volunteer Trail Crew, the Coker Creek Ruritan Club, and just others who heard about the project and volunteered f rom as far away as Atlanta and Johnson City. It was supposed to take 10 days, but we got the project done in 5 days with all the volunteers we had and the hard work they put in on the project. The area will sit fallow for 2-3 years until it has recovered, then the Unicoi Turnpike Trail will be extended f rom its current terminus along Joe Brown Hwy through Doc Rogers Fields, this newly rehabbed area, and on to the Fort Armistead site. There may even be a museum/visitor center built along with interpretive signs. That is down the road a few years. The route of the Unicoi Turnpike through Unicoi Gap, to Tellico and to Charleston is being added to the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail and will receive signage similar to what is currently in the Charleston area. And this route will be added to the TOT brochures, website, etc. It will be administered by the National Park Service as part of the National Historic Trails program. by Richard Harris
FEBRUARY 3, 2020 Monday Tour of Tunnel Hill Heritage Center at 215 Clisby Austin Drive, Tunnel Hill, Georgia. Tour the museum, take a guided ride through the 1477 foot long tunnel, and tour the Clisby Austin House. The tunnel was constructed for the final connection of the railroad between Chattanooga and Atlanta in the 1850s. The home was constructed in the 1840s and was used by Gen Sherman in his planning of the Atlanta campaign. Cost per person is $12 for the complete tour. Meet at the museum at 10 am, or if you wish to carpool from Cleveland, meet at the Home Depot parking lot near the garden center at 9 am. We can eat lunch in Dalton if the group wants after the tour. Event Leader Jack Callahan 423-284-7885 if you plan to attend. Trip Report: Seven hikers made the trip to Tunnel Hill, and after arriving around 10 am, began the tour in the center museum. Exhibits in the museum are centered on the Civil War and railroad implements of the era. From there we rode the park shuttle to the historic dry goods store which was furnished with typical items you would find in an 1860's store. Then we walked a short distance to the Clisby Austin home, which was constructed in the 1840's. The home contained several pieces of original furniture, and was furnished to represent the Civil War period, including the portion that was used as a field hospital. The home is in very good condition and is well-maintained. We then rode the shuttle through the 1477-foot long tunnel, which was constructed in the 1850's. This was the final section of railroad which provided through traffic from Atlanta to Chattanooga. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable of the history of the area and of the Civil War in general. After the complete tour, which took about 2.5 hours, we drove to Dalton for lunch at the Oakwood Café. Before leaving town, we spent a few minutes at the historic Dalton Freight Depot and viewed the quilt exhibits. Members making the trip were Debbie and David Flower, Ruth and Clayton Pannell, Judy Price, Yvonne Rittenhouse, and Event Leader, Jack Callahan.
FEBRUARY 13, 2020 Thursday Monthly Club Meeting. Pot Luck tentatively planned at the Etowah Senior Center, 435 Cooper Street, Etowah ,TN at 6 pm. A note will be sent to all club members and posted on Facebook when confirmed. Mtg Report: We had a great turnout of 23 members and one guest for our potluck meeting--delicious dishes provided by the club members, with wonderful desserts--more than we could eat! This is a nice facility and we really appreciate the Etowah Senior Center allowing us to use it. After supper we had a business meeting and discussed last month's hikes and upcoming events. Thanks again to all who made the drive in the rain and for the great food.
FEBRUARY 17, 2020 East Lakeshore Trail, Canal Branch and Baker Hollow sections,4.7 miles, easy, dog friendly. Wear good hiking shoes and bring a lunch. Meet at Sloans in Vonore, TN, at the intersection of Hwy 411 and Hwy 360 at 10 am to drive to trailhead. Hike leaders, Rick and Brenda Harris. Contact Rick at 513-260-1184. Hike Report: Hike Leaders Rick and Brenda Harris along with Jake (their golden retriever) led this 4.7-mile joint BMTA and Cherokee Hiking Club hike on the East Lakeshore Trail along the edge of Tellico Lake. This was the first of several section hikes on this trail planned for the next few months. All will occur on Mondays and these hikes are dog friendly on leash. Twenty-three hikers and seven dogs showed up at Sloans in Vonore. We left some cars at Pizzeria Venti across the highway, then carpooled to the trailhead near Fort Loudon Dam and the canal which joins Tellico and Fort Loudon Lakes. We left some cars at the finishing point. We hiked this easy and very well-constructed and maintained trail along the edge of the lake, eating lunch along the way. The weather could not have been better, sunny and warm. The dogs got to play in the lake while we ate lunch sitting on driftwood. What a great hike. Afterwards several of us ate pizza or calzones at Pizzeria Venti. The next two hikes on the East Lakeshore Trail are scheduled for Monday March 30 and April 13.
FEBRUARY 21, 2020 Friday Benton MacKaye trail section from Big Bend Picnic area to Towee Creek Launch Site. A short wintertime hike, only about 1.2 miles one way, rated easy to moderate. Can walk both ways for a total of 2.4 miles is group desires. Meet at Quinn Springs Picnic Shelter parking on Hwy 30 at 10 am to car pool to the trailhead. Hike Leaders Ruth and Clayton Pannell , 423-506-9623 or 423-263-9730. Folks may also meet at the Big Bend picnic area around 10:30 AM. Those who want a longer hike may add on either the section from Big Bend to Childers Creek (+3 miles) or Towee Creek north to intersection with old BMT then back to powerhouse (+3.8 miles). CANCELLED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER
FEBRUARY 26-27, 2020 Wednesday-Thursday Join members from the BMTA and the Cherokee Hiking Club to the Len Foote Hike Inn in north Georgia. Each Person is responsible for their own reservations. See the Len Foote Hike Inn web page for additional information about the facilities. Contact Rick Harris for more information on meeting times, etc if you plan to attend. Rick can be reached at 513-260-1184, or HarrisRI@aol.com. Hike Report: Members of the Cherokee Hiking Club joined the Benton MacKaye Trail Association as they stayed at Len Foote Hike Inn and hiked in north Georgia.
MARCH 2, 2020 WEDNESDAY 830 AM TO 3 PM CANEY CREEK SETTLEMENT WORK TRIP Rick Harris is planning a work trip on FS trail #74, the access to Caney Creek Settlement. Meet at Thunder Rock trailhead parking area just below Powerhouse #3 on the Ocoee River to carpool to the beginning of the trail. Plans are to use watercraft to ferry workers and equipment back across river to Caney Put-in. See http://www.facebook.com/events/662380380964532/ for more information. Work will include tree removal, brushing, and blaze painting. Drivers will be needed to return vehicles to the trailhead at Thunder Rock after dropping off work crew. The trail is approximately 3 miles, and the crews will be allowed to drive in to the end of the closed road to beginning of trail to save time. If interested, contact Rick Harris at email@example.com or text 513-260-1184. CANCELLED, WILL BE RESCHEULED
MARCH 5, 2020 Thursday Brush Creek and Brush Creek Spur Hike portions of these trails to make a loop hike of approximately 2.5 miles. This is a well-graded and moderately easy trail. The hike begins at Boyd Gap Overlook on US 64, approximately 3.5 miles east of the Ocoee Whitewater Center. To carpool meet at the Ocoee Hardee's on Hwy 411, just north of the Hwy 64/Hwy 411 intersection at 9 am. Park behind Hardee's in the large parking lot. Hike Leaders, Ruth and Clayton Pannell, firstname.lastname@example.org, 423-506-9623.Hike Report: Four hikers and a canine met at Hardee's in Ocoee to carpool to Boyd Gap and hike on Brush Creek Trail. With cloudy skies and a forecast for rain, we started our hike in the drizzle. The rain stopped and we had an overcast sky with a good view of the Ocoee No. 3 Lake. We made the loop and returned to Boyd Gap. Hikers wanted to continue to hike, so we carpooled to the parking lot at Ocoee No. 3 Powerhouse at Thunder Rock. Our next hike was on the Rhododendron Trail. We hiked from trailhead parking to the bridge that goes around the cliff over the water. Good hike with questionable weather. Hikers were Bob Dornfeld and Smoke, Yvonne Rittenhouse and Hike Leaders Ruth and Clayton Pannell.
MARCH 6, 2020 Saturday (and possibly Saturday and Sunday if you would like to camp) Hiking at Falls Creek Falls State Park. Fall Creek falls, at 256 feet is one of the highest falls in the Eastern US. Other waterfalls within the park include Piney Falls, Cane Creek Falls, and Cane Creek Cascade. The park is 57 miles (about 1.5 hours) from Cleveland via Dayton and Pikeville. Meet at the Nature Center at 10 am and carpool to Fall Creek Falls overlook and hike down to the base of falls, approximately one mile round trip rated moderate. Return to overlook and go by Cane Creek Cascade and view via the cable suspension bridge. returning to the Nature Center, take a short hike to the base of the cascade. Propose eating a late lunch in Pikeville on the return trip. For more information contact Larry Van Dyke, Larry.VanDykeTN@gmail.com you plan to attend. Trip Report: Hike Leader Larry Van Dyke was joined by a BMTA member for hikes in Fall Creek Falls State Park.
MARCH 12, 2020 Thursday Monthly club meeting Potluck planned at the Etowah Senior Center, 435 Cooper Street, Etowah, TN. Mtg Report: Club members and three guests enjoyed a delicious potluck dinner as we discussed past and upcoming hikes and events, including this year's Christmas party, and other business. Thanks to all for attending and bringing such scrumptious dishes!
MARCH 14-15, 2020 Saturday, Sunday. Big Frog Backpacking Trip, 12 miles round trip, strenuous with approximately 2300 foot elevation gain to top. Expect cold weather and be prepared for temps in the upper teens over night. Each person is responsible for all their gear and food. Meet at the Thunder Rock Campground trailhead parking just below TVA Powerhouse #3 on US Highway 64 at 9 am Saturday morning to carpool to the trailhead. Return Sunday afternoon. Persons interested must call James Anderson, Hike Leader, at 423-715-8824 or text to same. CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19, MAY BE RESCHEULED
MARCH 19, 2020 Thursday Bushwhacking for waterfalls above Rainbow Falls. Off trail bushwhacking to find unmarked falls; hike will be strenuous, and require fording streams and climbing steep side hill sections. Bring lunch, water shoes, and first aid supplies. Wear sturdy boots and work gloves. Meet at 9:30 am at the trailhead parking on the left just after you turn off Hwy 64 onto Hwy 30. From Cleveland, you will pass Mac Point Rec Area on your right, and Hwy 30 is the next paved road to your left, approximately 0.30 miles past Mac Point. Hike leaders Jack Callahan 423-284-7885, and Clare Sullivan, 404-849-0872.Trip Report: Eight hearty hikers, including Hike Leaders Clare Sullivan and Jack Callahan, and a canine made the trek to Rainbow Falls, with two stream crossings which were knee-deep in places due to the recent rainfall. Following the walk down Scenic Spur Trail to Rainbow Falls, the group began a difficult climb around the falls upstream to the next set of falls, Rattlesnake Falls. This is a spectacular waterfall, with an estimated height of over thirty feet and a stair-stepping effect. The high volume of water made the falls that much more impressive. The climb to access the falls is difficult and care should be taken. Also, as the temperature warms, it is a great location for copperheads. Returning to the intersection with the Clemmer Spur Trail, several of the group began the hike up Clemmer Trail towards Benton Falls to see if access was possible to the falls between Benton and Rattlesnake Falls. After about a mile it became obvious that the round trip to that location would require more time than was available, and the group returned to Clemmer Trailhead. It was a great day with all sorts of wildflowers and fungi beginning to emerge. Thanks to Clare Sullivan for her suggestion to make this hike.
MARCH 21, 2020 Saturday Rock Creek Gorge Section of the Cumberland Trail. 5.4 mile hike, strenuous, bring water shoes and lunch, and wear sturdy hiking boots. To carpool from Cleveland, meet at the Park and Ride at I-75 exit 25, on Hwy 60 next to the Mapco gas station at 8 am. We will need two vehicles minimum as we will have to shuttle at the trailhead. The hike will begin at Upper Leggett Trailhead (N35 24.606, W85 07.856) and end at Retro Hughes Trailhead (N35 24.173, W85 11.021). For those hikers who wish to meet at the Upper Leggett trailhead, you must contact hike leader. Hike Leader, Judy Price at email@example.com. CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19, MAY BE RESCHEULED
MARCH 23, 2020 Ijams (the j is silent) Nature Center, located at 2915 Island Home Ave, Knoxville, TN, approximately 1.5 hour drive from Cleveland. The center has numerous wildflower trails with a great variety of plants. There is no admission, and it is dog friendly. We will make a leisurely walk of about two miles on the well graded trails. Bring a lunch and we will eat in their picnic area. To carpool from Cleveland, meet at the Home Depot parking lot near the garden center on Paul Huff Parkway at 8:30 am. If you plan to meet us at the center we will meet in their parking lot at the visitor center at 10 am. Look for the orange baseball caps. Event leader, Jack Callahan, 423-284-7885, Jackn1945@bellsouth.net. CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19, MAY BE RESCHEULED
MARCH 24, 2020 Tuesday Hiwassee River Heritage Center - We will meet at the Heritage Center at 11 am to begin the event which consists of three guided tours. First will be the Heritage Center and Civil War walk, next the Calhoun Historic Walk, followed by the Charleston Trail of Tears Walk. Each will be about one hour, with a tour guide. The cost of the tour is $5 per person.
Bring a lunch and we will eat at the city park pavilion. Event leader Yvonne Rittenhouse and Jack Callahan. Call Jack at 423-284-7885 for more information. CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19, MAY BE RESCHEULED
MARCH 28, 2020 Shake Rag Hollow, adjacent to the University of the South, in Sewanee, TN. The trail was constructed in the 1930s by the CCC, and passes through cove hardwoods with limestone bedrock. It has an amazing natural garden of wildflowers. The trailhead is 1.5 hours from Cleveland. Bring a lunch and water, and wear sturdy hiking shoes. We will walk approximately 5 miles total, with lunch at about the halfway point. To carpool from Cleveland, meet at the Home Depot parking lot near the garden center, on Paul Huff Parkway at 8 am. Coordinates for the trailhead are N35deg12min36 sec, W85deg53min53sec. If you plan to meet at the trailhead you must contact the hike leader, and look for the hikers wearing orange baseball caps at the trailhead. Hike Leader, Jack Callahan, 423-284-7885, firstname.lastname@example.org. CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19, MAY BE RESCHEULED
APRIL 2-5, 2020 Thursday-Sunday Red River Gorge Geological Area, Daniel Boone National Forest, Kentucky, 37.78403N, 83.63263 W. We will camp in the semi primitive campground, Koomer Ridge. (Natural Bridge State Resort is nearby, with a lodge.) There are 54 tent sites, and 14 camper sites, with accessible toilets and showers. Sites are first come first serve basis, with no reservations. There is no power. Red River Gorge has been designated a National Natural Area, and among its many geological features, has over 100 stone arches. There will be daily hikes in and around the area. Everyone is on their own for all gear, food, campsite fees, etc. Drive time from Cleveland is approximately 4.5 hours. Please contact Hike Leader, Jerry Schneider, email@example.com if you plan to attend. CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19, MAY BE RESCHEULED
APRIL 4, 2020 Saturday John Muir Work Trip on the section the club has responsibilities for, from Childers Creek to Big Bend, 3.0 miles. We will brush and pick up trash along the trail. Bring gloves, lunch water, and wear sturdy boots. We will drop a vehicle at big Bend and work up river from Childers Creek. Meet at the Childers Creek trailhead parking lot on the Hiwassee River about 0.5 miles upstream from Reliance at 9 am. The trail will be checked prior to the work day to determine necessary tools to bring. Work leader, Clayton Pannell, firstname.lastname@example.org, 423-263-9730. CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19, MAY BE RESCHEULED
APRIL 7- 8, 2020 Tuesday-Wednesday Camp over at Al Johnsons home near Cosby, TN. Limit to six campers, in tents or hammocks only. Everyone responsible for their own food and gear. Campfire and views of the super moon on the 7th, and a day hike in the Smokies on Wednesday am. If you plan to attend, you must contact Al to get your name on the list, as well as directions. Event Leader, Al Johnson AJ13HHI@gmail.com, or 845-283-2666. CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19, MAY BE RESCHEULED
APRIL 9, 2020 Thursday Club Meeting.. CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19, MAY BE RESCHEULED
APRIL 10, 2020 Friday Black Mountain 9 miles strenuous, wear good hiking boots, bring a lunch. Meet at the McDonalds in Spring City (Hwy 27) at 8:30 am. Hike will have significant elevation gain, cave, rock formations, old building foundations including a spring house, and great views. Hike Leader, Sue Robinson, 423-519-9751 or email@example.com. CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19, MAY BE RESCHEULED
APRIL 13, 2020 Monday East Lakeshore Trail – Davis Ferry Section - This is the third of the East Lakeshore Trail hikes. We will start where we ended on Feb 17 at the Antioch Trailhead and end at the Glendale Trailhead. Meet at Sloans in Vonore at 10 AM for carpooling (intersection of US411 and TN360). We will probably eat an early supper at Pizzaria Venti, or some other restaurant as we did on Feb 17. Easy 3.2 miles. CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19, MAY BE RESCHEULED
APRIL 18, 2020 Saturday Oswald Dome Hike 8 miles round trip, 2400 foot elevation gain, possible pink ladies slippers near the top. Views of the glider port on Hwy 411. Pack a lunch, water and wear good hiking shoes. Meet at Quinn Springs Picnic Area parking lot on Hwy 30 at 9:30 am. Hike leaders Megan Callahan and Jack Callahan, 423-284-7885 or firstname.lastname@example.org. CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19, MAY BE RESCHEULED
APRIL 20, 2020 WEDNESDAY 830 AM TO 3 PM CANEY CREEK SETTLEMENT WORK TRIP Rick Harris is planning a work trip on FS trail #74, the access to Caney Creek Settlement. Meet at Thunder Rock trailhead parking area just below Powerhouse #3 on the Ocoee River to carpool to the beginning of the trail. Plans are to use watercraft to ferry workers and equipment back across river to Caney Put-in. See http://www.facebook.com/events/662380380964532/ for more information. Work will include tree removal, brushing, and blaze painting. Drivers will be needed to return vehicles to the trailhead at Thunder Rock after dropping off work crew. The trail is approximately 3 miles, and the crews will be allowed to drive in to the end of the closed road to beginning of trail to save time. If interested, contact Rick Harris at email@example.com or text 513-260-1184. MAY NEED TO BE RESCHEDULED
APRIL 22-25, 2020 Wednesday-Saturday Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage in the Great Smoky Mountains NP. See the park website for additional information. CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19, MAY BE RESCHEULED
APRIL 23, 2020 Thursday Stinging Fork Falls section of the Cumberland Trail, from Stinging Fork Falls Trailhead to Piney River Trailhead, on Shut In Gap Road. Approximately 9 miles, bring water shoes, wear sturdy boots, and bring a lunch. Hike is rated strenuous, with some long steep sections. We will meet at Piney River Trailhead (N35 42.841 W84 52.837) and do a shuttle to the Stinging Fork Falls Trailhead. To carpool from Cleveland, meet at the Park and Ride at I-75 exit 25 on Hwy 60 adjacent to the Mapco gas station at 8:30 am. For more information if you plan to meet at the trailhead, contact the hike leader, Judy Price, firstname.lastname@example.org. CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19, MAY BE RESCHEULED
APRIL 25, 2020 Saturday Ocoee Days, presented by the Hiwassee/Ocoee State Park to be held at Sugar Loaf park on the Ocoee River. See the park webpage for additional information. CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19, MAY BE RESCHEULED
APRIL 27, 2020 Monday East Lakeshore Trail, Sink Creek and Lotterdale Section, 8.3 miles, moderate, dog friendly. Wear good hiking shoes and bring a lunch. Meet at Sloans in Vonore, TN, at the intersection of Hwy 411 and Hwy 360 at 10 am to drive to trailhead. Hike leaders, Rick and Brenda Harris. Contact Rick at 513-260-1184. CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19, MAY BE RESCHEULED
APRIL 28, 2020 Tuesday Big Soddy Creek Gulf Park in the Jim Adams Wilderness. 4 miles, moderate, wear good shoes and bring water. After the hike we will have a late lunch at Homes Folks Buffett in Soddy Daisy. To carpool from Cleveland, meet at the Home Depot on Paul Huff at 8:30 am. Park on the garden center side of lot. Contact Hike leaders Jim and Lettie Whisman, Lettiejk@gmail.com for additional information if you plan to meet at the trailhead. CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19, MAY BE RESCHEULED
APRIL 30, 2020 Thursday Little River Trail, GSMNP, From Elkmont Campground. Easy 4.8 mile on wide flat trail paralleling Little River. Drive time from Cleveland, approximately 2.5 hours. For carpooling from Etowah, meet at the Food City parking lot, located at the intersection of Hwy 411 and Hwy 30 at 9 am. For information about meeting at the trailhead, contact the hike leaders, Ruth and Clayton Pannell, email@example.com or 423-506-9623. CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19, MAY BE RESCHEULED
MAY 2, 2020 Saturday Bald River Falls hike 9.0 miles, moderate. Bring a lunch and wear good hiking shoes. Meet at the Cherohala Skyway Visitor Center in Tellico Plans at 9 am to carpool to the trailhead. This is a dog friendly hike. . Hike leaders, Rick and Brenda Harris. Contact Rick at 513-260-1184.
MAY 7, 2020 Thursday Falls Branch Falls and Jeffery Hell trails, 3 miles with an option to do 7 miles. Hike to the falls is difficult with a steep section. Trekking poles suggested. Wear good hiking shoes and bring water and lunch. There is a water crossing that most times can be rock hopped across. Meet at the Cherohala Skyway Visitor Center in Tellico Plains at 10 am to carpool to the trailhead. Hike Leader Sue Robinson, text 423-519-9751 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
MAY 9, 2020 Saturday Fiery Gizzard/Grundy Forest 4 mile moderate hike with a side trip to Fiery Gizzard falls/cascades. Bring lunch, water and wear good hiking boots. We will pass through a former CCC camp with the possibility of seeing many many pink ladies slippers in bloom. The trail through the camp is well signed with photos of the former active camp. Trailhead originates at the Grundy Forest State Natural Area picnic shelter in Tracy City. After the hike we will stop by the historic Dutch Bakery. Drive time from Cleveland is 1.5 hours. to carpool from Cleveland meet at the Park and Ride at I 75 exit 25 next to the Mapco gas station on Hwy 60 at 8:30 am. Hike Leader Jack Callahan 423-284-7885 or email@example.com.
MAY 14, 2020 Thursday Club Meeting TBD
MAY 15-16-17, 2020 Friday, Saturday Sunday AT section hike from Carvers Gap to Hwy 19-E, approximately 16 miles with numerous steep sections, rated difficult. About 75 percent of the hike is at around 5000 foot elevation. Plans are to spend first night on Grassy Ridge, and second night at Bradley Gap. We will meet at Mountain Harbor B&B Friday afternoon at 1:30 to shuttle to the trailhead. Cost for parking at B&B is $2/night, and the shuttle is $10 per person. This hike is limited to 12 backpackers, and is currently full. If you would like to be on the alternate list, contact Jack Callahan at 423-284-7885 or Jackn1945@bellsouth.net.
MAY 18, 2020 Monday East Lakeshore Trail, Jackson Bend Section, 5.1 miles, easy, dog friendly. Wear good hiking shoes and bring a lunch. Meet at Sloans in Vonore, TN, at the intersection of Hwy 411 and Hwy 360 at 10 am to drive to trailhead. Hike leaders, Rick and Brenda Harris. Contact Rick at 513-260-1184.
MAY 30, 2020 Saturday Gee Creek Falls approximately 2.5miles, moderate. Trailhead is the parking area for Gee Creek (191) and Starr Mountain (190) trails. Follows old road bed past early mining activates to the falls. Trail is rocky and has steep pitches in sections. Wear good hiking boots; bring water and snacks. Meet at Hardees in Etowah at 9 am to carpool to the trailhead, or at the trailhead at 9:45 am. Hike Leader Clayton Pannell, firstname.lastname@example.org or 423-506-9623.
JUNE 6, 2020 Saturday Hooper Bald and Huckleberry Knob total of approximately 6 miles. Moderate, wear sturdy boots, bring water and lunches. We will eat lunch on the trail. To car pool, meet at the Food City in Etowah at 9:00 am, or Cherohala Skyway Visitor Center at 9:30 am in Tellico Plains. Call or text James Anderson, Hike leader if you plan to attend..423-715-8824.
JUNE 8,9,10, 2020 Monday-Thursday spend 4 days/three nights at Isle Royale National Park, an island in Lake Superior. There are cabins and a lodge, and several ferries provide access to the island. You are responsible for making all your transportation and lodging arrangements. If you want more details contact Jack Callahan at 423-284-7885.
JUNE 11, 2020 Club Meeting TBD
JUNE 22, 2020 Monday East Lakeshore Trail, Morganton Branch and Wildcat Point Sections, 5.2 miles, easy, dog friendly. Wear good hiking shoes and bring a lunch. Meet at Sloans in Vonore, TN, at the intersection of Hwy 411 and Hwy 360 at 10 am to drive to trailhead. Hike leaders, Rick and Brenda Harris. Contact Rick at 513-260-1184.
JUNE 25,26, 2020 Andrews Bald hike in the GSMNP. 3.6 mile round trip with a steady 900 foot elevation gain on the return trip. Moderately strenuous, were good hiking boots, bring water and lunch and a ground cloth to sit or stretch out on and enjoy the views as we eat lunch. Hopefully we will hit the peak of the wild azaleas which are present on the bald. Plan to meet at the upper end of the Clingmans Dome parking lot at 10 am on the 26th. Look for the orange baseball cap(s). Hike leader plans to camp at Smokemont campground the night of the 25th to avoid the early drive. Hike Leader Jack Callahan, 423-284-7885 for more information if you want to camp out.
JULY 6, 2020 Monday Gahuti Trail at Fort Mountain State Park, Georgia, approximately 1.25 hour drive south of Cleveland.. There will possibly be two separate hikes, one of 8 miles led by Rick and Brenda Harris (513-260-1184), strenuous, and the shorter hike led by Ruth and Clayton Pannell (Clayton Pannell, email@example.com or 423-506-9623). Wear sturdy hiking boots and bring plenty of water and lunch. Meet at the parking lot on the right just past the entrance station (N34deg45min37sec, W84deg41min43sec) at 9 am to begin either hike. To carpool from Etowah with the Pannells, meet at Hardees in Ocoee at the intersection of Hwy 411 and hwy 64.at 8 am. 513-260-1184.
JULY 9, 2020 Thursday Club Meeting TBD
JULY 17, 2020 Friday Section hike on the BMTA, from Reliance to Lost Creek Campground, 8 miles round trip, with two stream crossings which will have to be waded, bring water shoes. Trail has several short steep pitches, moderate. Wear good hiking boots and bring lunch and water. We will eat lunch at the Lost Creek campground. The hike follows Lost Creek through a scenic limestone canyon, with numerous cascades, if the water is high. After the hike we will enjoy ice cream in an air conditioned store in Reliance. Meet at the Hiwassee River State Park parking lot approximately 0.25 miles upriver from the Webb store in Reliance at 9:00 am. Hike Leader, Clare Sullivan 404-849-0872, firstname.lastname@example.org.
JULY 23-AUG 1, 2020 Backpacking trip on the John Muir Trail and Pacific Crest Trail near Yosemite National Park. We now have a 6 day/5 night permit for backpacking in the Ansel Adams Wilderness near Yosemite. More on this later. Event Leader, Jack Callahan, 423-284-7885, email@example.com. Contact Jack if you are interested or want more information.
AUGUST 7, 2020 Friday Hike to Benton Falls followed by a picnic in the park on the shores of MaCamey Lake in the Chilhowee Recreation Area. Members who decline to hike may hold tables in the picnic area, or enjoy an easy short walk around the lake. Hike to the falls is approximately 3 miles, easy with the exception of the last 100 yards down to the base of the falls. Meet at Ocoee Hardees in the back parking lot to carpool to Chilhowee Recreation Area. The Hardees is on Hwy 411 just north of the intersection with Hwy 64.. If you wish to meet at the recreation area, please let Clayton know. The hike will begin at 10 am, and we will meet in the large parking lot in the day use area. This is a fee area, with a fee for each vehicle. Hike Leaders, Ruth and Clayton Pannell, firstname.lastname@example.org, 423-263-9730.
THERE WILL BE NO CLUB MEETING IN AUGUST
SEPTEMBER 10, 2020 Thursday Monthly Club Meeting location to be determined. Will plan on a slide presentation of the western backpacking trip.
SEPTEMBER 22, 2020 Tuesday Turtletown Falls Hike, Approximately 5 mile hike to the upper and lower falls just west of Farner TN. Meet at 9:00 at the Cherohala Skyway Visitor Center in Tellico Plains, TN to carpool to the site. Wear good hiking shoes and pack a lunch and water. There is one ford in the access road which is best crossed with a high clearance vehicle. Hike Leader, Sue Robinson, text 423-519-9751, or email@example.com.
OCTOBER 3, 2020 Saturday Hike to Bob Bald, from Beech Gap at the TN/NC state line on the Cherohala Skyway. Approximately 8 miles roundtrip, with one long steady climb of about one mile, rated moderately strenuous. Wear good hiking boots, bring lunch and sufficient water. Meet at the Cherohala Skyway Visitor Center in Tellico Plains at 9:00am to carpool to the trailhead. Hike Leaders, Rick and Brenda Harris, 513-260-1184. This is a dog friendly hike.
OCTOBER 3-4, 2020 Saturday Sunday in Etowah, TN BMTA annual ??
OCTOBER 8, 2020 Thursday Monthly Club Meeting TBD
OCTOBER 10, 2020 John Muir/BMTA cleanup day, from Childers Creek parking lot to Big Bend parking lot along the Hiwassee River, 3 miles. Wear sturdy boots, bring water ,lunch, and work gloves. Meet at the Childers Creek parking lot at 9:00 am to organize car shuttle to drop a vehicle at Big Bend. The trail will be inspected prior to the work day to determine tool needs. Event Leader, Clayton Pannell, firstname.lastname@example.org, 423-263-9730.
OCTOBER 25-30, 2020 Annual Club campout at Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area. Located a few miles east of Oneida, TN, approximately a three hour drive from Cleveland. We will again be camping at Bandy Creek campground, in group site E-1. There are 18 campsites available, on a first come basis, and there is a covered screened shelter with electricity, tables, cooking space and a large stone fireplace. There is also a restroom with hot showers and flush toilets which is reserved for out group. The individual campsites are paved, with a picnic table but do not have power. At the September club meeting a signup sheet will be passed around to get an idea of who is planning to attend. Typically there are always campsites available, and the cost runs about $8 per person per night. The facility is already paid for and funds will be collected by the club the day you arrive to cover your cost. For more information contact Jack Callahan 423-284-7885 or email@example.com. Coordinates for the shelter are N36deg29min13sec, W84deg41min43sec.
NOVEMBER 7, 2020 Saturday Hike to the Hangover, by way of Wolf Laurel trail, approximately 8 miles, difficult, with a lot of ups and downs. Bring lunch, water and wear good hiking boots. Great unobstructed views from the Hangover into the south end of the GSMNP, and the Little Tennessee River valley. Meet at the Cherohala Skyway Visitor Center in Tellico Plains at 9:00 am to carpool the trailhead. This is a dog friendly hike. Hike Leaders Rick and Brenda Harris, 513-260-1184.
NOVEMBER 8, 2020 Sunday Pot Point Nature Trail, 4.1 miles, moderately strenuous. Park at the Richie Hollow/Pot Point trailhead at 17805 River Canyon Road, Chattanooga TN. Portion of trail along river for about one mile may be wet. Bring a lunch and wear good hiking shoes and we will plan to eat lunch at the Butterfly Waystation. Hike Leader Judy Price firstname.lastname@example.org.
NOVEMBER 12, 2020 Thursday Monthly Club Meeting TBD
NOVEMBER 13-15, 2020 Friday-Sunday BMTA Annual meeting
NOVEMBER 16, 2020 Monday Raccoon Mountain Pump storage facility, tour the visitor Center and group will chose a trail to hike out of the 28 miles of trail. Several are along the rim which should have great views of the Tennessee River gorge. Wear good hiking shoes and bring a lunch. The facility is approximately one hour drive from Cleveland. From Cleveland, take I-24 to Browns Ferry road to Elder Mountain Road to the TVA access road. To carpool from Cleveland, meet at the Park and Ride at I-75 exit 25 next to the Mapco gas station on Hwy 60 at 9:00 am. Event Leader Jack Callahan 423-284-7885, email@example.com.
NOVEMBER 28, 2020 Linda Davis Memorial Walk on the Cleveland Greenway. Meet at 9:00 am at the pavilion parking lot on Raider Drive. Typically we walk about 6 miles but can accommodate other options. Easy walk on flat paved walkway. Join us to enjoy great conversation and walk off some pumpkin pie. Hike Leader Randy Morris 423-650-0485, firstname.lastname@example.org.
DECEMBER 12, 2020 Saturday Annual Christmas Party TBD