The Unicoi Crest above Tellico Plains


Cherokee Hiking Club
198 Crews Drive, Benton, TN 373




Bluff Trail at Lookout Mountain Dayhike
Sunday, October 18, 2009


Brief Description:   Part of the trail near Point Park follows an old narrow-gauge railroad bed known as the Dinky Line. This line used to bring passengers up to the mountain from St. Elmo at a time when most of the mountain homes were known as “summer homes.” The trail passes under Sunset Rock on West Brow Road. At several places along the hike some of the beautiful homes on Lookout Mountain can be seen above the trail.

        LeaderGail Gray, 423/336-1070

        Length: 4.5 miles

        Difficulty: Easy, metal steps at end, Moderate.

Directions to the TrailheadMeet at the Park and Ride lot on Georgetown Road NW beside the Mr. Zip at Georgetown and Candies Lane at 1:00 PM sharp. We'll carpool down and then form a shuttle between the two points. This is an easy, downhill hike except for the hundreds of steel steps up to Point Park. There is a $3 charge to get out of Point Park, but I'll have my Golden Passport. It should only cost $1.50 each. Correct change would be wonderful to repay your hike leader.

Post Trip Report: On a crisp but beautiful Sunday afternoon (October 18, 2009), 11 hikers followed Jimmy Drinnon (Gail’s son) and Edmond Gray from Covenant College to Point Park. It was a perfect day for this hike, even though there was a slight breeze.The hikers used a car shuttle to go from Point Park to the trailhead at the top of the mountain. The hikers included Laura Almazan, Rhea Black, Cathy Davis and Thomas Smith, Shauna Drinnon, Butch Gregg, Kenneth and Jolynn Johnson, Kathy Seymour, and Keith and Debbie Zuidema. One hiker extended the hike by visiting the Craven House. He quickly recovered and returned to Point Park in time to catch the shuttle. 

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