The Unicoi Crest above Tellico Plains


Cherokee Hiking Club
198 Crews Drive, Benton, TN 373




Linda Davis Memorial Walk
Chattanooga Riverwalk

Saturday, November 29, 2008


Brief Description:

We will hike from the Chickamauga Dam at Hwy 153 Dam to Coolidge Park on the Riverwalk. Join us for a Memorial Hike in honor of club member Linda Davis, avid hiker and outdoor enthusiast.   Enjoy Chattanooga's unique park that runs along the Tennessee River and work off that Thanksgiving Dinner. We will hike 8 miles with a shuttle; approximate hike time will be 3 hours.    

Pack a picnic lunch and dine al fresco while taking in the scenic beauty (weather permitting) or we can have lunch after the hike at one of many local restaurants. Suggestions for restaurants include Rembrandt’s, Between the Bridges Café, Durty Nelly’s, City Café, Bea’s Restaurant or Anker’s Hoagies. We will vote.

Leader:  Belinda Mantooth, 338-6417, 423/280-7808 (c) or

        Difficulty: Easy, minimal elevation gain, paved bike path along the Tennessee River

Directions to the TrailheadMeet @ 9:00 AM at Candies Lane commuter lot beside the Shell Station in Cleveland (exit 25) to carpool. Or link up at 10:00 AM at Coolidge Park.   Please call in advance so we can decide picnic vs. restaurant.

Post Trip Report: We hiked along the Walnut Street Bridge, past the Hunter Museum thru the Art District and across the walking bridge over Georgia Ave.  The bridges and path are painted blue to identify the River walk.  

The nine hikers and one bicycler were not going to let the weather report of possible thundershowers stop them.  Linda Davis would not let the weather prevent her from hiking and enjoying great friends so we were determined to complete this hike in honor of our dear departed friend.  The path was not crowded and many fishermen were on the banks and in their boats fishing.  We observed families of mallards in their natural swamp habitat enjoying the feast of green algae. Evette informed us this was “duck weed.”  Further along the path we observed cranes and herons waiting on a fish feast. The light rain began at six miles and we proceeded in the rain, completing the 8 mile walk and ready for some lunch. The Out of the Blue Café along the path was closed due to Thanksgiving, so we agreed to eat at The Boathouse.  The awesome Clam Chowder, Salmon Bisque and Roasted Chicken platter were fit for a King and the after Thanksgiving Hike begun by Linda Davis was a success. 

Hikers were Belinda Mantooth, Jane Bohannon, Verna Townsend, Virginia Orr, Lettie Burress, Randy Morris, Al Rymer, Evette Strickland and guest Bruce Aulds.  Steve Mantooth was the bicycler who rode 16 miles.

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