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Hike - Old Sugarlands Trail - Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Depart at 7:45 a.m. from the Cooper Visitor Center
Hike begins at 9:30 a.m. at the Sugarlands Visitor Center, Gatlinburg

Old Sugarlands Trail / Twin Creeks Trail / lunch in Gatlinburg / Gatlinburg Trail
Driving Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Distance: 10 miles
Elevation Gain: Approximately 1100 feet
Rating: Moderate
Leader: Bob Kutschera 408-3092 bkkutch@yahoo.com and Curt Sheldon 458-8510 curt_sheldon@bellsouth.net

The hike is the Club’s annual January hike which includes lunch at a restaurant in Gatlinburg (approx. 8 miles from the start of the hike to the restaurant). Wear appropriate winter hiking shoes or boots. This year’s hike will coordinate with Wilderness Week in Pigeon Forge and many of the hikers for this hike and staying in Pigeon Forge will meet those hikers at the Sugarland’s Visitor’s Center who are coming from Tellico Village.

If you are planning to take this hike but leave from Tellico Village, we are looking for someone to lead the group from Cooper Visitor’s Center to Sugarland Visitor’s Center. The Club will provide the leaders for the actual hike. Please contact Bob Kutschera if you have any questions and/or would like to volunteer.

Driving Directions from Tellico Village to Sugarlands Visitor Center

From the Visitor Center take TN 444 to US 321. Turn toward Maryville. Continue through Maryville to Townsend. At the traffic light in Townsend turn left toward Pigeon Forge. Continue 5.7 miles to Lyons Springs Road. Turn right and continue 2.6 miles to Metcalf Bottoms picnic area and a “T” with TN 73. Turn left and continue to the Sugarlands Visitor Center for restrooms and trailhead.