Cherokee Hiking Club
198 Crews Drive, Benton, TN 37307
Cherokee Hiking Club Calendar
Hike Difficulty Rating Scale (per Chattanooga Hiking Club)
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Benton MacKaye Trail Assn Hike Schedule
JANUARY 6, 2019 - SUNDAY 2-4 PM - ANNUAL CLUB PLANNING MEETING - We will meet again at the Family Resource Center, 3680 Michigan Ave Road NE, Cleveland, Tennessee, hosted by James Anderson. Please come with your proposed hikes and events for 2019. Jack will have three ring binder paper available at the Christmas party for you to write your proposals on. Remember to include all pertinent data for hikes, including length, difficulty rating, meeting locations, what to expect on the hike, and special considerations.
JANUARY 15, 2019 TUESDAY EUREKA TRAIL, ATHENS TENNESSEE
Rails to Trails, flat, wide with good tread and marked every 1/4 mile. Trail begins at large parking lot just past Mayfield dairy plant off CR 307 and continues 4 miles to near Englewood. Walk as far as you want. Lots of shade on trail with mixed walking/biking and some horses. Hike leader Ruth Pannell, 423-506-9623 or 423-263-9730. Meet at the parking lot just beyond Mayfield Dairy plant at 10 am, with possible lunch afterwards in Athens.
JANUARY 21, 2019 MONDAY PINEY RIVER
Hike in and back portion of the trail, between 5 to 8 miles, depending on the group. Bring a lunch, water and wear sturdy hiking boots. Moderately strenuous. Meet at the Park and Ride next to the Mapco/BP station on Hwy 60 at the Exit 25, I-75/Hwy 60 interchange. Hike Leader Jack Callahan, 423-284-7885, email@example.com.
FEBRUARY 1, 2019, FRIDAY DAY HIKES IN AND AROUND THE OCOEE WHITEWATER CENTER ON US 64
Hikes from the Whitewater Center every Friday for the next few months. Hikes will depend on the weather and the group preferences on each day. Hikes may include but not limited to, the Rhododendron Trail, portions of the Bear Paw trail complex, the Old Copper Road. Meet Mike at the parking lot at the lower end of the whitewater course adjacent to the bridge which provides access to the picnic area across the river. Hikes will begin at ten am and may last for a few hours. Bring a lunch and water and hiking boots. Hike Leader Mike Friedman, 954-296-9098 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Contact Mike before each Friday to discuss which hike will be preferred.
FEBRUARY 2, 2019 SATURDAY ROCK CREEK DRY POND LEAD
7.5 miles, moderately strenuous to strenuous, with one stream crossing. Car shuttle from Thunder Rock Trailhead to Rock Creek trailhead. Meet at 8:30 am at Hardees Ocoee on Hwy 411 parking in back, or at Thunder Rock trailhead parking behind Powerhouse #3 at 9 am. Lunch, water, and hiking shoes and be prepared to wade stream. Hike Leader Randy Morris, 423-650-0485 or email@example.com.
FEBRUARY 7, 2019 THURSDAY MONTHLY CLUB MEETING MICHAELS RESTURANT IN ETOWAH TN
Monthly meeting moved up one week due to Valentine's Day. Note We will begin at 5:30 pm!!
FEBRUARY 18, 2019 MONDAY CONFEDERATE LINE TRAIL AT CHICKAMAUGA BATTLEFIELD
Six miles, easy, level, loop trail. In addition we can tour the museum and see one of the best collection of antique firearms in the country. Confederate Line patches available for those who complete a scavenger hunt at a minimum cost. Pack water and snacks. Hike Leader, Jennifer Schroll, 423-254-1256 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Meet at the Park and Ride on Hwy 60 just west of the I-75/hwy 60 interchange, Exit 25 at 8;30 am to car pool to the hike.
FEBRUARY 19, 2019 TUESDAY MUSEUM OF APPALACHIA AT NORRIS, TN
Sixty five acre facility with over 35 log cabins, churches, barns and over 250,000 artifacts with vast collection of folk art, musical instruments, baskets, quilts and more. We will have lunch in their restaurant, with a variety of items under ten dollars. Cost for admission is $15 per person over 65, $18 under 65. For more information see their website at Museumofappalachia.org. Meet at Cleveland Home Depot parking lot on Paul Huff Parkway at 8:30 am to carpool to the museum. Drive time approximately 1.5 hours. Hike leader Jack Callahan , 423-284-7885, or email@example.com.
MARCH 1, 2019 FRIDAY HIKE UP OSWALD DOME
Eight miles round trip, moderately strenuous, with an elevation gain of around 3100 feet. Possible sightings of pink Lady Slippers this time of year. Bring water , snacks, and wear good hiking shoes. Possible lunch after at Flip Flops on the Hiwassee River at Reliance. Meet at Quinn Springs Picnic Area parking lot on Hwy 30 at 10:00 am. Hike Leaders Clare and Ed Sullivan, 404-849-0872 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
MARCH 9, 2019 SATURDAY ESTELLE MINE TRAIL AT CROCKFORD-PIGEON MTN WMA NEAR LAYFATTE, GEORGIA
Easy to moderate trail, with optional old mine ore cart tunnels to walk through. Approximately 5 miles. For those wishing to go the tunnel route, bring flashlight and hardhat. There are trails around the tunnels for those not wanting to walk through. Trail ends at the Pocket Wildflower area. Will require a car shuttle. Hike Leader Jennifer Schroll, 423-284-1256 text or email@example.com. To carpool from Cleveland, meet at the Park and Ride at 8:30 am on Georgetown Road at I-75, Exit 25 next to the Mapco/BP station just west of the intersection. Approximate drive time from Cleveland is 1.5 hours.
MARCH 10, 2019 SUNDAY WHITE OAK MOUNTAIN TRAIL SYSTEM, AJACENT TO SOUTHERN ADVENTIST UNIVERSITY IN COLLEGEDALE, TN
We will hike 4 to six miles depending upon the group. This property is a part of the College complex. Trails are moderate to easy, with a large combination of routes to select from. These are mixed use trails with bike traffic. Bring a lunch, water and hiking shoes. Meet at the Home Depot parking lot on Paul Huff Parkway in Cleveland at 9:30 am to carpool. or meet at parking lot P1C off Industrial Drive next to the campus in Collegedale where we will begin the hike. Hike Leader Jack Callahan 423-284-7885 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan to attend.
MARCH 14, 2019 THURSDAY MONTHLY CLUB MEETING
We will meet at the Etowah Community Center at 6 pm, pot luck supper, with a presentation by Larry and Candy Van Dyke on their trip to India. The Community Center is located on Hwy 30
approximately 1/2 mile west of the Hwy 30/Hwy 411 intersection in Etowah.
MARCH 16, 2019 SATURDAY ALBRIGHT GROVE HIKE IN THE GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NP.
Approximately 7 mile hike with an elevation gain of about 1500 feet, rated moderate. This area is home to many large poplar, Frazer magnolia, basswood and beech in a virgin old growth stand. We will stop for supper on the way home. Bring a lunch, water and sturdy hiking shoes. This route was last hiked by the club in 2008. Time and location of carpool from Cleveland/Benton to be determined. Hike Leader Randy Morris, 423-650-0485 or email@example.com.
MARCH 22, 2019 FRIDAY HIKE IN THE BIG FROG WILDERNESS AREA
Actual trail and length to be determined. Hike leader Mike Friedman, 954-296-9098 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
MARCH 30-31, 2019 SATURDAY/SUNDAY OVERNIGHT CAMPING/FISHING TRIP, PARKSVILLE LAKE
We will camp on the lakeside in a primitive campsite in the Baker Creek arm of the lake. We will use the Forest Service boat ramp at Sugar Loaf as our access point. Plan on four meals including a supper and a breakfast. For more details if you are interested in putting your name on the list, contact Jack Callahan at 423-284-7885 or email@example.com.
APRIL 6-7, 2019 OCOWASSEE FESTIVAL AT HIWASSEE OCOEE STATE PARK AT THE GEE CREEK RANGER STATION
Two days of indoor/outdoor activities, including programs on campfire cooking, bird watching, and wildflower hikes led by Leon Bates. For a complete list of times and events go to the Ocowassee Festival, Upcoming Events, under the Hiwassee Ocoee State Park web site. The ranger station is located at 404 Spring Creek Road, in Delano, Tennessee.
APRIL 11, 2019 THURSDAY MONTHLY CLUB MEETING..LOCATION TO BE DETERMINED
APRIL 13, 2019 SATURDAY BMTA TRAIL MAINTENANCE CHILDERS CREEK TO BIG BEND PARKING LOTS
Meet at 9 am to help in maintaining the Club section of the BMTA. This is a three mile section along the Hiwassee River just upstream from Reliance, TN. Bring gloves, boots, hand tools and a lunch and water for a day of brush clearing along the trail. This time of year there are a multitude of flowers usually in bloom along the river. Hike Leader Clayton Pannell, 423-263-9730 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
APRIL 16, 2019 TUESDAY IJAMS NATURE CENTER WILDFLOWER WALK
Ijams Nature Center is located at 2915 Island Home Ave in Knoxville, TN, approximately 1.5 hours drive from Cleveland. We will hike some of their wildflower trails along the river, approximately 2 miles total, then have lunch (bring your own) on the grounds. Leon Bates will help us identify many of the flowers which will be in bloom at this time of year. To car pool from Cleveland, Meet at the Home Depot parking lot on Paul Huff Parkway at 8:30 am. Hike Leader Jack Callahan, 423-284-7885 or email@example.com.
APRIL 20, 2019 SATURDAY GRUNDY FOREST DAY LOOP WITH FIERY GIZZARD SIDE TRIP
2.0 loop trail with a side trip on Fiery Gizzard trail of 0.9 miles to a waterfall/cascade. Total mileage of about 4 miles. Difficulty moderate, bring a lunch, hiking shoes and water. The trailhead originates at the Grundy Forest State Natural Area Picnic Shelter in Tracy City, TN. To carpool from Cleveland, meet at the Park and Ride at I-75 and Hwy 60 next to the Mapco/BP station on Hwy 60,Exit 25 at 8:30 am. Drive time approximately 1.5 hours for Cleveland. Hike Leader , Jack Callahan 423-284-7885 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
APRIL 23-27, 2019 SPRING WILDFLOWER PILGRIMAGE, GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NP
See the GMNP website for more details.
APRIL 27, 2019 SATURDAY MCGILL SECTION OF THE CUMBERLAND TRAIL
Moderate 4.8 miles, in and out. Pack a lunch, water and wear sturdy hiking shoes. Hike will begin and end at the Roaring Creek Trailhead on Brayton Road. Trail leads to McGill Falls. Should be a great wildflower walk this time of year. Approximate drive time from Cleveland, one hour. Meet at the Park and Ride adjacent to Mapco/BP station on Hwy 60 just west of the I-75/Hwy 60 intersection at 9 am to carpool to hike. Hike Leader Judy Price jprice.bird@YAHOO.COM.
MAY 4, 2019 SATURDAY LITTLE RIVER TRAIL IN THE GSMNP
Easy 4.8 miles (or Less) wide flat easy trail parallel to the river. From either Sugarlands Visitor Center or Townsend follow Little River Road to Elkmont Campground entrance to begin hike. Drive time from Cleveland is approximately two hours. For information about carpooling contact hike leaders Ruth and Clayton Pannell, 423-506-9623, 423-263-9730 or email@example.com
MAY 7-11, 2019 TUESDAY-SATURDAY WILDERNESS WILDLIFE WEEK PIGEON FORGE, TN
Nature lovers, hikers, and outdoor enthusiasts unite for educational programs and guided hikes in the Smokes. For more information go to mypigeonforge.com.
MAY 9, 2019 THURSDAY MONTHLY CLUB MEETING TENTATIVE LOCATION CHARLESTON PARK, POT LUCK.
MAY 11-12, 2019 SATURDAY-SUNDAY BARTER THEATER/VIRGINIA CREEPER TRAIL BIKE RIDE ABINGDON/DAMASCUS, VIRGINIA
Travel to Abingdon for an evening at the Barter Theater, overnight at motel in Abingdon, and ride the Creeper Trail Sunday morning before returning home. Play on Saturday night is "The Cat in the Hat". Lots of options for restaurants in the Abingdon area. Event Leader, Jennifer Scholl 423-284-1256 text or firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm if you plan to attend. Drive time from Cleveland to Abingdon is three hours.
MAY 18, 2019 SATURDAY NORTHEAST FLANK OF BIG FROG HIKE
Begin hike on BMT at FS road #221, hike up to intersection with Big Frog Trail, then down Big Frog Trail to FS3221. Approximately 9 miles, with an elevation gain of 1500 feet, moderately strenuous. Pack a lunch, water and sturdy hiking shoes. Will require shuttle. Meet at Thunder Rock trailhead parking just below TVA powerhouse #3 at 9 am to begin carpooling to trailheads. Hike leader James Anderson, 423-715-8824 or email@example.com.
MAY 21, 2019 TUESDAY NON-HIKING DAY TO GAINESVILLE GEORGIA TO DO A VARIETY OF THINGS INCLUDING THE PIEDMONT HOTEL AND MUSEUM, BOTANICAL GARDENS, AND NORTHEAST GEORGIA HISTORY CENTER.
Piedmont hotel, opened by Lt General James Longstreet was a social hub and guests included Woodrow Wilson and Joel Chandler Harris. The botanical garden is destined to be one of the largest and most diverse woodland gardens in the country ($8.95/person). It includes a visitor center, outdoor gardens and a model train garden. The history center at Brenau University ($5 admission) includes photos and artifacts of moments in history, Chief White Path's cabin and much more. Event leader Ann Gray and Letha Kelly, 423-240-8863, firstname.lastname@example.org, meet at Food City on McGrady Drive in Cleveland at 8 am to carpool.
MAY 23, 2019 THURSDAY ABRAMS FALLS HIKE, GSMNP
Approximately 5 miles roundtrip, moderate difficulty. Hike in form the Cades Cove trailhead. To carpool from Cleveland, meet at the Home Depot parking lot on Paul Huff Parkway at 7:30 am. approximate drive time is two hours. If want to meet in Cades Cove, meet at the large parking lot on left at the beginning of the one way loop road in the Cove. Pack lunch, water and wear sturdy hiking shoes. Hike Leader Jack Callahan 423-284-7885 or email@example.com.
JUNE 6, 2019 THURSDAY TURTLETOWN FALLS
Moderate 4 mile round trip hike into the falls, pack a lunch and water and good hiking shoes. Meet at 10 am at the Turtletown Post Office at 10 am to carpool to the trailhead. Hike Leader, Sue Robinson, 423-519-9751 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
JUNE 8, 2019 SATURDAY SCENIC SPUR TRAIL
Approximately 3.4 mile easy trail with two stream crossings and on steep pitch grade. Meet at 10 am at the trailhead which is on Hwy TN 30 just off of US Hwy 64. The trailhead is signed and is on the left just after you turn off of US 64. Bring snacks, water and be prepared to perhaps wade the creek. Hike Leaders Ruth and Clayton Pannell, 423-263-9730 or 423-435-1848 or email@example.com.
JUNE 13, 2019 THURSDAY MONTHLY CLUB MEETING TBD
JUNE 14-17 2019 FRIDAY-MONDAY AT BACKPACKING TRIP IN GSMNP
24.7 strenuous backpacking hike from Newfound Gap to Cosby Campground. Day One from Newfound Gap to Icewater Springs Shelter, 2.7 miles, Day Two, to Pecks Corner, 7.7 miles, Day Three to Tricorner Knob, 5.3 miles, Day Four, to Cosby Campground, 9.0 miles. Trails include the AT and Snake den ridge trail. Will need car shuttle from Cosby to Newfound Gap. May want to camp at Cosby the last night. Limit to 4 or 5 hikers due to difficulty in getting permits. Cannot tent camp, must stay in shelters. Must contact Hike Leader Buddy Arnold, 601-415-3551 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to be included in this hike.
JUNE 20, 2019 THURSDAY ANDREWS BALD HIKE GSMNP
Hike out and back to Andrews Bald, approximately 3.6 miles with foot elevation gain on way back to trailhead from the bald, moderately strenuous. Possible car camp at Smokemont campground the night before to save drive time on Thursday morning. Pack a lunch, water and wear sturdy footwear. Hike Leader Jack Callahan, 423-284-7885 or email@example.com to arrange details on car pool and camping options. We will meet at the trailhead which is at the lower end of large parking lot at Clingman's Dome at 10 am to begin hike.
JULY 18, 2019 THURSDAY BRUSHY MOUNTAIN PRISON TOUR
Tour the infamous Brushy Mountain prison, which is now in private ownership (tourbrushy.com). Drive through Petros, TN, where many of the scenes form the move "October Sky" were filmed. Recommend watching the movie before the trip. Meet a t the Home Depot parking lot in Cleveland off Paul Huff Parkway at 8:30 am to carpool to the prison, drive time about one hour and forty five minutes. Event Leader Jack Callahan 423-284-7885 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
AUGUST 9-12, 2019 FRIDAY-MONDAY MOUNT MITCHEL BACKPACKING TRIP
Mount Mitchell and Pisgah National Forest, utilizing trails no 191,179,128 and 190. Difficulty strenuous, approximately 15 miles. Day One, meet at Carolina Hemlocks campground and camp for the night. Day Two to Maple Bald Primitive campsite via Trail 191, 5 miles and 2600 foot elevation gain. Day Three, to Commissary Hill primitive campsite via Mt Mitchell Trails 191a and 128 to 190 and campsite. Possible loop trail around Mt Mitchell of 4 additional miles. Campsite is at 5800 foot elevation. Day Four, to Black Mountain Campground and camp or return to Cleveland. Will need two vehicles for each 6 backpackers minimum. Limited to 12 hikers. To put your name on the list contact Hike Leader Buddy Arnold , 601-415-3551 or email@example.com.
AUGUST 14, 2019 WEDNESDAY HIWASSEE RIVER FLOAT TRIP
Gee Creek to Patty Bridge. Meet at the put inn at Gee Creek day use area at 1.00 pm to organize shuttle and begin float. Event Leader Sue Robinson, 423-519-9751 or keyster162@GMAIL.COM.
SEPTEMBER 3-12 , 2019 WIND RIVER BACKPACKING TRIP
Six day, Five night, 40 mile backpacking trip in the Wind River Wilderness in Wyoming. Fly into and out of Jackson Hole , Wyoming and spend time in Pinedale on either side of backpacking trip to acclimate to elevation. Permits have been acquired for the 12 persons signed up. THIS EVENT IS FULL. Event Leader Jack Callahan, 423-284-7885 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
SEPTEMBER 14, 2019 SATURDAY THUNDER ROCK EXPRESS
SEPTEMBER 19, 2019 THURSDAY MONTHLY CLUB MEETING TBD
Approximately 4 miles, moderate. Pack snacks and water and wear sturdy footwear. Meet at the Thunderrock Trailhead just downstream from Powerhouse #3 on the Ocoee River at 9 am to begin to carpool to trailhead. Hike Leader Mike Freidman, 954-296-9098 or email@example.com.
SEPTEMBER 21, 2019 SATURDAY BUGGY TOP CAVE AT CARTER NATURAL AREA
Four and a half miles out and back, with an option to go through a section of cave. Hike is easy to moderate, with exception of one short very steep section. If you chose to go through the cave, it is very strenuous, and require special gear...helmet, gloves, two lights and knee pads recommended. There will be rock scrambling and crawling. We will hike to the Peter entrance, then either enter cave or hike around to the main entrance. Everyone will meet at the main entrance and hike back to vehicles. Hike Leader Jennifer Schroll, 423-284-1256 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Carpool will be determined as we get closer to the hike date.
SEPTEMBER 21, 2019 SATURDAY NARROWS HIKE ALONG THE HIWASSEE RIVER
Easy 4.5 mile hike, with one short pitch grade. Hike will parallel the river along the John Muir and BMT . Pack a lunch, water, rain gear and insect repellant. Wear good hiking shoes. Meet at the vacant lot across from the Hiwassee Corner Market on the corner of US 411 and Hwy 30 at 9:00 am to carpool to the trailhead. Hike Leaders Ruth and Clayton Pannell, 423-263-9730 or 423-506-9623.
OCTOBER 5, 2019 SATURDAY CANEY CREEK TOWNSITE VIA TRAIL #74
Approximately 7.5 miles round trip , moderate. Bring a lunch, water, sturdy hiking boots and be prepared to ford a stream. We will eat lunch at the Historic Caney Creek settlement, which was also called the Town without Cars. The town was constructed for workers who constructed the Ocoee flume,power house and dam. It was dismantled in the early 1940s after TVA took over the power production. Meet at the Hardees's on Hwy 411 and US 64 at 8 am to carpool to the trailhead. Hike Leader jack Callahan, 423-284-7885 or email@example.com.
OCTOBER 10, 2019 THURSDAY MONTHLY CLUB MEETING PIZZA NIGHT
We will meet at 6 pm at the home of Ann and Bill Gray to have our annual pizza meeting, meal furnished by the club. Their address is 2349 Varnell Road, Cleveland, TN.
OCTOBER 12, 2019 SATURDAY JOHN MUIR TRAIL CLEANUP
Club will do trash cleanup and maintenance on the three mile section of trail between Childers Creek trailhead and Big Bend trailhead. Meet at the Childers Creek trailhead to organize car shuttle to Big Bend. Childers Creek is just upstream from the bridge across the Hiwassee River at Reliance, TN. Wear sturdy boots, gloves, bring lunch, water and raingear. Hike Leaders Ruth and Clayton Pannell, 423-263-9730 or 423-435-1848 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
OCTOBER 20-25, SUNDAY-FRIDAY BIG SOUTH FORK NRRA CLUB CAMPOUT
We have group site E-1 reserved for the club. There are numerous campsites (no Electricity at sites) and a screened in pavilion with fireplace, picnic tables and electrical outlets. The site includes a bathhouse with hot showers for use by the club only. We will compute the cost based on the total number of nights spent and split the cost. Based on previous trips, this usually works out to about $8 to $10 per person per night. This will include all the firewood. We will do day trips and one hike will be the Honey Creek loop hike. Event Leader Jack Callahan, 423-284-7885 or email@example.com. Firewood acquisition, Otis Pannell. Meal menus, Ruth Pannell and Joanne Jackson, et al.
NOVEMBER 9, 2019 SATURDAY BLOOD MOUNTAIN HIKE
Hike in the North Georgia mountains along the AT. Length approximately 6.2 miles, strenuous, with an elevation gain of 1500 feet over 2.3 miles. Pack a lunch, water and wear sturdy boots. A steep climb, but great views, and visit the Walusi-Yi Center on the AT. Hike Leader Randy Morris, 423-650-0485 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Meet at the Ocoee Hardees's on Hwy 411 at the US 64 Hwy 411 intersection at 7:30 am to carpool to trailhead.
NOVEMBER 14, 2019 MONTHLY CLUB MEETING TBD
NOVEMBER 16-17, 2019 SATURDAY-SUNDAY CHIEF LADIGA BIKE TRAIL
Travel to Piedmont, Alabama and bike the 17 mile section of trail from the Georgia line west to Piedmont. Overnight at City campground in Piedmont, and return to Cleveland Sunday am. Final details to be worked out as we get closer to the date. Event Leader Jack Callahan, 423-284-7885.
NOVEMBER 30, 2019 LINDA DAVIS MEMORIAL GREENWAY HIKE
Cleveland Bradley County Greenway, meet at 9:am at the Raider Drive Pavilion and walk 6-8 miles depending on how much you want to do. Easy walk with paved tread and no grade. Enjoy great conversation and burn off that turkey gravy and dressing. Hike Leader Randy Morris, 423-650-0485 or email@example.com.
DECEMBER 14, 2019 SATURDAY CLUB CHRISTMAS PARTY
Currently scheduled for 6 pm at the Benton Station Baptist Church, with catering to be done by the Dam Deli. Induction of new officers, Unwashed Santa gift exchange and great fun.