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Hike - Cumberland Trail, Rock Creek Gorge - Fri., Sept.9, 2016

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2016
Depart at 8:00 a.m. from Chota Center

 
CUMBERLAND TRAIL, ROCK CREEK GORGE (shuttle)
Distance:   8.5 miles
Elevation Change:    300 feet
Rating:   Moderate/Difficult
Driving Time:  1.5 hours
Leader:   Tom Ringenbach  865-201-9014   tommamier@gmail.com
 
This hike explores a section of the Cumberland Trail between Dayton and Chattanooga.  During the first two miles, we hike through remnants of a Bowater, Inc. pine plantation.  Then the trail descends into Rock Creek Gorge and we follow the creek for most of the remainder of the hike.  The creek has a number of deep, clear pools.  The author of a News Sentinel review of this hike recommends packing a swim suit…that is up to each hiker.  Later in the hike is a terrific view of  Rock Creek from a high overlook.
It is also recommended wearing long pants for protection from chiggers, ticks and poison ivy.
This is a shuttle hike so we will drop off a car or two at the terminus of the hike, then proceed to the trailhead.