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Hike - John Muir & Benton MacKaye Trail - Wed., Feb.27, 2013

Depart at 8:00 a.m. from the Chota (Cooper) Visitor Center
Distance:   8 miles (car shuttle)
Elevation Gain:   700 feet
Rating:    Moderate with some difficult  sections
Driving time:  1+ hours
Parking Fee:   $3.00 
Leader:    Jim Marotta    865-657-9987
This hike covers a section of the trail traveled by John Muir in 1857 as he made his way from Indiana to the Gulf of Mexico and then a section of trail named for Benton MacKaye.  The first part of the hike follows a trail sandwiched between the Hiwassee  River and some impressive rock formations, which are much more visible now than they are in the summer.  Then we will climb the bluffs overlooking the Hiwassee River for some impressive views of the river.  We will stop along the trail for lunch.
Warnings:  We may have to do a stream crossing (6-8 inches deep) so water shoes and a towel are strongly recommended.  Also the Benton MacKaye trail is not well maintained so we will have to climb over and under a number of trees.

Hiking boots and hiking sticks are recommended. Driving directions will be provided the morning of the hike.
Bring water and a trail lunch. Carpooling is recommended, passengers are asked to contribute $6 to the driver to help cover gas, etc.