I think the little crab orchard exit off I-40 is loaded w unbelievable trails , views, waterfalls & cool rock formations. These all along the Cumberland Trail. Ozone falls is on the north/east side about five miles out off highway 70. Only 1/2 mile of Cumberland trail finished but hopefully the trail to top of Cumberland trail will be done. As on the south side of 40 about two miles away you turn up to Cunberland trail at black mountain and the views and rocks are amazing. You can hike 3-4 to Brady mountain then keep going up again and this trail goes to spring city area. Then onto Dayton and final south end Chattanooga. It's amazing www.tnstateparks.com
This was the 18th fall for Get on Trail w Friends & Missy hike series We started off at Sugarlands visitor center and had a nice welcome from Superintendent Cassius Cash. Then we hiked right behind the center by cataract falls up Cove Mountain. Some climbed up about 4 miles and towards the top we had some nice views and saw some fall colors coming out.
Hike 2 we went to Steiner Bell lodge at wa-floy on 321 This inn let us park and have a tour before carpooling to greenbrier There we hiked a mile on The Old Settlers trail then at a blow down went off trail to old cemetery where Dolly Partons Great great grandfather is buried . Ed Flemming brought us old pictures of her great great grandpa from the early 1900s Then we hiked another 5 miles and passed many old walls and artifax and remains of a few cabins.
Hike three was our longest one of 8.5 miles Elvira (Elvira restaurant ) brought us sausage and biscuits then we climbed up crooked arm trail which was steep but we stopped every now and then for pictures of pretty leaves At the top we turned left on Indian Grave gap where we had great views out ether side And we saw a young bear down below who didn't seem interested in us . Coming down mad left on rich mountain loop trail was hard on knees But we enjoyed stopping at the john Oliver cabin before,finishing our loop
Last hike took us high up on purchase knob and Sarah weeks arranged for us to be able to go into the Appalachian science center Despite the clouds we had a pretty drive close to mAggie valley and up Hemphill bald road to the center On the trail we had some rain but on our way back down catalooche divide trail it started clearing at The Swag Inn and the owners allowed us to take pictures and enjoy the wonderful views . - Posted using BlogPress from my iPad
We had great time getting on local trails for Legacy Parks this summer thx to Parkwest and THompson Cancer Survival Center Places like UT Trial gardens, Ijams, Concord trails, 7 Island State park, Sharp Ridge and Wm Hastie park to name a few. All listed on www.outdoorknoxville.com for maps etc
- thx also to Bryan Paschal, cyndy Cunningham, susan French, Catherine Gilreath & Legacy park staff for their help. Over 2000 raised from hikers & sponsors Hope to see yall at annual Legacy Park luncheon sept 11 where Cheryl Strayed, author Of the book "Wild" will be speaking.