Cherokee Hiking Club
198 Crews Drive, Benton, TN 37307
River Trail Dayhike
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Except for a beginning section of uphill climb, the rest of the trail is level or downhill. The hike will begin at the upper end of the trail, following the ridgeline for 2 miles, then along the beautiful Conasauga River on an old railroad bed to the trailhead where cars have been left for the return trip. Bring a lunch and plenty of water.
Leader: Boyd & Martha Firestone, 336-3133 (h) or 309-8024 Martha’s cell
Length: 4.9 miles (car shuttle)
Directions to the Trailhead: Meet behind Hardee’s in Ocoee (at junction of Hwys. 64 & 411) at 8:30 AM.
Post Trip Report: A hearty turnout of hikers totaling 17 (13 members and 4 guest hikers) met to hike the 4.6 miles on a cool, overcast morning, but it soon warmed up once on the trail. Parts of the trail are in need of a good lopping, with briars and tree seedlings encroaching on the pathway, but most of it was in pretty good shape. Seeing scat in the trail, we were watchful for other signs of wildlife, but the only thing seen was a nice school of “sizeable” fish in the river. Hikers were Martha Firestone, Rebecca Levings and son Brendan, Maggie Griffin, Phyllis and Mike Callaway, Esther Nunley, Aggie Scott, Gail and Edmond Gray, Joanne Jackson, Jane Bohannon, Belinda Mantooth, Debbie Arnold, Debbie Flower and her dog Abby, Shirley Jones, and Luther Allen. It was a great day for a hike, and a good time was had by all.
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