Cherokee Hiking Club
198 Crews Drive, Benton, TN 37307
Scenic Spur Trail Dayhike
Sunday, October 17, 2010
Brief Description: This trail takes us to a waterfall in the Rock Creek Gorge Scenic Area near where TN30 intersects with US64.
Length: 3.5 miles
Difficulty Rating: Easy
Elevation Gain: minimal elevation gain
Hike Leader: Randy Morris, 423-650-0485 . Call him in advance. Leave a message if he does not answer.
Directions to the Trailhead: Call Randy at 423-650-0485 to confirm attendance or if you have any questions and to get the time and directions for meeting at the trailhead.
Trail Description: This trail, located near the Hwy 30/64 intersection, goes to a nice waterfall in the Rock Creek Gorge Scenic Area. Although the hike is easy, please be aware there are two stream crossings which could require wading if there has been recent rainfall. When dry, these are easy “rock-hops
Post Trip Report: We left the trailhead on a beautiful fall afternoon with 7 hikers. We returned with more than 8—nine in fact! The two creek crossings were no problem as the dry weather had seriously curtailed the flow in the creek. There was a steady stream at the falls however and the fall colors (although not peak by any means) were quite nice. We also enjoyed viewing the very large white oak and white pines along the bottom of the trail and the hemlocks (still unaffected at this point by the adelgid) on the upper end. We did see some nice asters that were in bloom also along the trail and were privileged to gain knowledge of the local flora from Leon Bates who shared some of his great wildflower and tree knowledge with us. This trail is really close and a great little trail for a Sunday afternoon hike. Hikers making the trip were Leon Bates, Jane Bohannon, Joanne Jackson, Bob and Effaleda Lee, Kalin Morris, Taylor Morris, Karen Young and hike leader Randy Morris.
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