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Hike - Dark Hollow Loop, Big Ridge S.P. - Fri., Dec.5, 2014


Depart at 8:00 a.m. from Chota Center



 (Note the change from Devils Backbone/Cumberland Trail)

Distance:  5.5 miles plus optional 1 mile with two spur trails

Elevation Gain:  350 feet

Rating:  Moderate

Driving Time:   1 hour

Leader:  Gail Eades   865-599-6785

Co-leader:  Georgia Filip


Big Ridge State Park was one of Tennessee’s first state parks, developed by the Civilian Conservation Corps. The Dark Hollow Loop crosses a small dam that separates Norris Lake from the Big Ridge Park Lake.  We hike through pine and cedar trees skirting Norris Lake, before joining an old wagon track lined with sweetgum, dogwood and pine trees.  Along Pinnacle Ridge there are jillions of beech trees.  Taking part of the Ghost House Loop, we will stop at the Norton Cemetery, then stop at the Snodderly Cemetery before looping back.  On the way back, heartier souls can take two short spur trails to the Loyston Overlook and Meditation Point.  Previously there has been no adequate stop along the trail for lunch.  Plan on a snack, then we’ll lunch at the picnic tables beside the parking area.   After lunch, a quick drive in the park to the Norton Gristmill is a noteworthy event.

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.