Cherokee Hiking Club
198 Crews Drive, Benton, TN 37307
Sunday, February 17, 2008
Brief Description: This trail takes us to a waterfall in the Rock Creek Gorge near where TN30 intersects with US64.
Length: 3.5 miles
Difficulty Rating: Easy
Elevation Gain: Several hundred feet of elevation gain
Hike Leader: Randy Morris, 338-9464 (h)
Elevation Profile of the Trail
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Directions to the Trailhead: We will leave from Hardee’s in Ocoee at 1:45 p.m. The trail head is on Hwy. 30 about 100 yards from US 64.
Trail Description: This trail goes to a nice waterfall in the Rock Creek Gorge Scenic Area. Although the hike is easy, please be aware there are two stream crossings which could require wading if there has been recent rainfall. When dry, these are easy “rock-hops”. When we get to the end of the trail at the falls, anyone desiring can join me for a short “bushwhack” up the side of the hill to see a much larger waterfall that few people view. This bushwhack is why I am scheduling this as a winter hike.
Post Trip Report: Four adventurous hikers made the trek up the Rock Creek Gorge just off Hwy. 64 on a rainy Sunday afternoon to view a nice waterfall dropping about 20 feet off a rock bluff. Although it rained during the entire trip, we were thankfully spared the storms that some parts of the community experienced. The falling rain (and other recent rains) had swelled the creek—making the two crossings challenging, but all hikers did cross without too many problems—a fallen tree in the exact right place was a big help! Due to the wet conditions, the “bushwhack” up the side of the mountain to view the upper falls was abandoned. All hikers agreed that this hike needs to be put back on the schedule for better weather so that more club members can experience this neat waterfall and beautiful area. Hikers making the trek were Jane Bohannon, Mae Miles, Al Rymer and hike leader Randy Morris.
~submitted by Randy Morris
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