The Unicoi Crest above Tellico Plains


Cherokee Hiking Club
198 Crews Drive, Benton, TN 373




Spring Wildflower Hike
at Shakerag Hollow
Saturday, March 23, 2013


Brief Description:   We will hike a portion of the Perimeter Trail through beautiful Shakerag Hollow, one of the best wildflower hikes in the Southeast.  Then we will traverse the spur trail out to Piney Point and complete a loop just off the newly reconstructed golf course—taking advantage of the vistas from Green’s View and Beckwith Point.  Most of this hike is fairly easy, but we will have a short steep climb out of a gorge and some other up and down segments; after all, we will be just off the edge of the western side of Monteagle Mountain on the campus of the University of the South at Sewanee.  Also, portions are very rocky, so good hiking boots are recommended.  Hopefully, we will catch the wildflowers in spectacular form, but unfortunately I have a knack of missing the timing of the wildflower blooms.

Length 6 miles

Difficulty Rating: Moderate to Strenuous

        Hike Leader Randy Morris, 423-650-0485. Call no later than 8 p.m. Friday, March 22 for meeting place and time.

        Other Useful Links: site   Wildflower pictures from Shakerag Hollow

Post Trip Report: Six hikers made the trek to the University of the South at Sewanee to enjoy a hike on a nice spring day. Although the late spring caused us to be on the front end of the wildflower season, we were treated to several blooms along Shakerag Hollow—one of the premier wildflower areas in the South. We enjoyed blooms such as bloodroot, rue anemone, Dutchman’s breeches and trilliums, and imagined the show which will follow in a few days when the countless plants coming up mature. We also enjoyed some nice streams, small waterfalls and great views looking west off the summit of the mountain. Half of our group did a 3.6 mile loop and headed off to a local restaurant, while the other half added two extra miles and lunched on the rocks at Piney Point. At the point we were treated to fantastic views, a nice breeze and three turkey vultures soaring effortlessly over our heads. I don’t know if they were checking out our food or us!  Enjoying the day were club members James Anderson, Ann Gray, Kenneth Johnson, Randy Morris (hike leader), and Karen Young as well as guest Lauren Long.

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