The Unicoi Crest above Tellico Plains


Cherokee Hiking Club
198 Crews Drive, Benton, TN 373




TAPOCO Tallassee Mtn Trail System
Saturday, July 18, 2009

Map of all the trails in the TAPOCO Area
[This map was created from the several hikes we have taken in this area over the last three years.
Please be aware that these trails are rugged with a lot of elevation gain and loss and these trails
are not maintained except by an occasional horse group.]


Brief Description:   The hike is about an 8 hour hike, depending on route, and counting time at the lake but not counting drive time. Now (Tuesday evening) Saturday’s forecast is for clear skies with temperatures in the low 80s at the lake's altitude. Between Farr Gap and the lake, the hike will pass through an area that the Southern Appalachian Forest Coalition wants added to the Joyce Kilmer-Slickrock Wilderness.  Jeff Hunter, of the Southern Appalachian Forest Coalition, will be along. You may want to bring a swimsuit, towel, lunch, liquids, & flip-flops. (Both beaches are gravelly, their size depending on lake level).  I will be taking 4L of water for my own use, half of it frozen.

        Leader Rick Foster, (423) 442-2849   

        Length: unsure, but many miles

        Difficulty: I rate the hike as difficult, meant for people who routinely hike for a whole day.

Directions to the TrailheadMEET at 8:20 AM Saturday July 18 at the Cherohala Welcome Center, Tellico Plains, the 3rd building to the left when heading east on the Cherohala Skyway (TN Hwy 165).  Tellico Plains is about 2 hours from Chattanooga, 15 minutes from Madisonville. We LEAVE at 8:30 AM

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