The Unicoi Crest above Tellico Plains


Cherokee Hiking Club
198 Crews Drive, Benton, TN 373




Thunder Rock/BMT Dayhike
Sunday, February 10, 2008


The Benton MacKaye Trail just north of the campgroundBrief Description:   This is a hike on the Benton MacKaye Trail near the Ocoee Whitewater Center on the segment of the BMT which is also the Thunder Rock Trail. This will complete the section of the BMT from the trailhThe Ocoee River by Thunder Rock Campgroundead to Big Frog Mountain (see hike done on January 12) on down to close to where the BMT crosses US64.

Length:  5.2 miles

Difficulty Rating: Moderate due to length and elevation gain

Elevation Gain: Several hundred feet from the trail head up to the top of the ridge.

Hike Leader:  Clayton Pannell, 263-9730

Trail Map

A bridge along the Thunder Rock Express Trail
Directions to the Trailhead
Due to the short days, meet at Hardee's in Ocoee at 1:30 PM or at the trail head at 2:10 PM.

Trail Description: Sunday afternoon hike up the Benton MacKaye and then back to near Thunder Rock on bike trails, with a short road walk back to Thunder Rock trail parking area. 


Coming down the hill from the Thunder Rock Express to FS45Post Trip Report:
A total of 12 members and guests met at the trail head parking at Thunder Rock. The weather was very clear, cool and breezy -- a great day to hike. We hiked the Benton MacKaye Trail south up the steep section with many switch backs. The TVA is building a new power line across the BMT trail, not a pretty sight, but they did open the trail up after cutting and chipping the timber. Other than the power line the trail was in very good shape. We hiked the Thunder Rock Express bike trail back to near Thunder Rock with a short road walk back to the parking area. A great group of hikers and two dogs -- thanks to all that hiked with me.

Hikers were Clayton Pannell Leader, Debbie Flower, David Flower, Jane Bohannon, Mae Miles, Richard Harris, Mickey Walls, and guests Bill Strade, Kellly Strade, Addie Strade and Alexis Strickland.

Clayton Pannell Leader

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