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Hike - Laurel Falls (Bowater) - Fri., July 14, 2017

FRIDAY, JULY 14, 2017
Depart at 8:00 a.m. from Chota Center
LAUREL FALLS (Bowater Pocket Wilderness)
Distance:  6 miles (7.2 with extension)
Elevation Gain:  1200 feet
Rating:   Moderate but with rocky footing (extension is strenuous)
Driving Time: 1 hr. 45 min.  
Leader:   Bev Hawkins   865-406-0297
The trail starts at an abandoned coal mine area along Richland Creek providing multiple rapids and natural pools.  Some of the trails are formed of rock and some maneuvering over and under large rock areas are necessary.  The primary hike will end at Laurel Falls, a beautiful 80 foot waterfall.  The adventurous might consider a steep and strenuous extension of a mile or so for a view at the top of the plateau above the falls.