The Unicoi Crest above Tellico Plains


Cherokee Hiking Club
198 Crews Drive, Benton, TN 373






Benton MacKaye Trails Day Celebration
Saturday, June 5, 2010


The Benton Mackaye Trail Association celebrates National Trails Day at the Ocoee Whitewater Center
The BMTA has reserved the conference center at the Ocoee Whitewater Center for National Trails Day on Saturday June 5th.  This will be a combined event with the Mountain High Hikers (, the Cherokee Hiking Club, and the Tennessee Forest Service (, with the BMTA ( as hosts.  We will meet at the Center at 9 am for hiking, with a potluck lunch to follow in the conference center.  Rafting is available from the various rafting companies, or you can watch the river action or cool off in pools of water along the side of the river.  Please bring a covered dish to share.

Two, possibly three, hikes will be offered, starting at 9 am:.

1.      Rock Creek Trail 5.5 miles, rated moderate.

Hike leader: George Owen.  This trail is in the nearby Little Frog Wilderness.  We will come back out to Ocoee Powerhouse #3, with only a few minutes shuttle.

2.      Copper Mine Trail - 4.6 miles, rated easy

Hike leader: Pam Sullivan.  This trail runs along the Ocoee River.

3.      Rhododendron Trail (optional) 2.5 miles, easy.

This hike runs along the Ocoee River hike, and will take place after lunch.


If interested in this event and/or any of the hikes, please RSVP to Pam Sullivan at 706-374-5281 or email, as there is a group limit.  Note: There is a $3 parking fee per car - we are to park in the lower lot.  Warning: if Hwy. 64 is still closed, this event will be canceled, as the Whitewater Center will be closed too.      


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