Cherokee Hiking Club
198 Crews Drive, Benton, TN 37307
Fort Loudoun State Park Dayhike
Sunday, February 15, 2009
Brief Description: The trail system at the Park offers views of Fort Loudoun Lake and the highest peaks in the western end of the Smokies and the northern end of the Cherokee NF. The trail goes through woodlands, a grassy field, and along the lake shore. Even though it is a easy hike there are several short ups and downs. After the hike, some may want to visit the visitor center and the restored British fort. This is a joint hike of the Cherokee and Hiwassee Hiking clubs.
Leader: Effaleda & Bob Lee 423-568-2501, or cell 423-507-5582
Difficulty: Easy, 3.75 miles
Directions to the Trailhead: Meet at Comcast in Athens ready to leave at 1:30 p.m or be at the trail head at 2:15. From Vonore on 411 turn right on 360 and go about two miles. Turn left at the park sign just after crossing a bridge. The trailhead is located near the picnic area. Restrooms are open in the visitor center.
Post Trip Report: Six members of the Cherokee Hiking Club, three of which having dual membership with the Hiwassee Hiking Club, and three guests had a pleasant Sunday afternoon hike around the park. Canines Jake and Baby seemed to enjoy the hike also. The weather was cooperative and the views of the lake and mountains were rewarding. Although rated easy, the numerous ups and downs made the hike more than a stroll. Hikers were members Doreen Johnson, Ann Gray, Brenda Harris, Jane Bohannon, and Effaleda and Bob Lee. We were glad to have guests Cecelia Jack and Denny and Pat Coleman with us also.
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