The Unicoi Crest above Tellico Plains


Cherokee Hiking Club
198 Crews Drive, Benton, TN 373




John Muir Trail Work Trip
Saturday, April 24, 2010


Brief Description:   Weather permitting, we will meet at Childer’s Creek Trail Head at 9:00 a.m.  The hike is a beautiful, easy 3 mile trail along the Hiwassee River.  It can be either a 3 mile or a 6 mile hike depending on time and car shuttle.   Please bring gloves, Appalachia Powerhouse on the Hiwassee Riverclippers, water and a snack/lunch.  Trash bags will be provided.  If you plan on attending, please call the hike leader by Friday evening, April 24 at 476-3907.

Directions:  If coming from Cleveland, go to and through Benton, turn right onto Rt. 30 towards Reliance, cross the bridge at Webb’s Store, cross the railroad tracks, turn immediately right at Rosie’s Restaurant and follow the road until Childer’s Creek sign on right.

Length3 or 6 miles, easy 

Difficulty Rating: easy

Elevation Gain: almost level

        Hike Leader Debbie Flower: 476-3907

Post-Trip Report: It was a gray and over-cast morning when five hikers set forth to clean up the three mile “Adopt a Trail” section of the John Muir Trail along the Hiwassee River.   One small bag of trash was collected and some light maintenance work was done.  Many wildflowers were seen such as yellow trillium, fire-pinks, May apples, Solomon’s seal (real & false) squirrel corn, dwarf iris’s and bluets.  Several fishermen were trying their luck in the river.  Hike Leaders: Deborah Flower and Clayton Pannell.  Hikers: David Flower, our dog, Abby, Randy Morris and Carol Guhne.

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