The Unicoi Crest above Tellico Plains


Cherokee Hiking Club
198 Crews Drive, Benton, TN 373




John Muir Trail Work Trip
Saturday, October 9, 2010


Brief Description:   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. 

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 you see the Childers' Creek Trailhead sign which is on the right. 

Length3 or 6 miles, easy 

Difficulty Rating: easy

Elevation Gain: almost level

Hike LeaderIf interested, please contact the hike leaders by Friday evening, October 8th.  Debbie Flower: 476-3907 or Clayton Pannell at 423-263-9730

Post-Trip Report: As the gray mist rose silently from the Hiwassee River, five hikers set forth to clean up the three mile “Adopt a Trail” section of the John Muir Trail.  One very small bag of trash was collected and some light maintenance work was done.  It was a beautiful day, in spite of no wildflowers were blooming, all snakes were hibernating and we found all the fishermen in the parking lot.  Hike Leaders: Deborah Flower and Clayton Pannell.  Hikers: Kenneth & Jolynn Johnson, Randy Morris, Clayton Pannell and the dog, Abby Flower. 


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