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Boat & Hike - Lakeshore Trail & Fontana Dam - Fri., July 27, 2012

 
FRIDAY,  JULY 27, 2012
Depart at 8:00 a.m. from the Cooper Visitor Center
BOAT TO  LAKESHORE TRAIL, CAMPSITE 86,  HIKE TO FONTANA DAM,
SHUTTLE BACK TO FONTANA MARINA
Distance:    10 miles
Rating:    Moderate
Elevation Gain:    Approx.  700 feet
Rating:    Moderate
Driving time:  1.5 hours
Leader:   Bev Hawkins   865-406-0297   bevhawkins@aol.com

We begin traveling via HWY 129, the Dragon, and HWY 28 to Fontana Marina to take the boat ride ($25 pp or less) to campsite 86 where we hike north and cross the wide Proctor Bridge to the old town of Proctor.  Calhoun House still stands as a historic structure, with a foundation of river stones, circa 1928.  Granville Calhoun was a railroad builder.  Proctor Cemetery is just up the road where Moses and Patience Proctor built a cabin in 1930 and where they are now buried.  Signs of the past communities are strewn throughout, like bottles, bedframes, parts of tools, a car door, rusting buckets along with homesites, rock walls, and chimneys.  With only about 1.7 miles to finish there are three abandoned car bodies.  There are several stream crossings that should have low water in July.
Hiking boots and hiking sticks are recommended.
Driving directions will be provided the morning of the hike.
Bring  plenty of water and a trail lunch.
Carpooling is recommended, passengers are asked to contribute $6 to the driver to help cover gas, etc.