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Hike - Laurel Falls & Cove Mountain Trails - Fri., Aug.11, 2017

FRIDAY, AUGUST 11, 2017
Depart at 8:00 a.m. from Chota Center
 
COVE MOUNTAIN TO LAUREL FALLS (shuttle)
Distance:    12.5 miles  
Elevation Gain:  1700 feet  
Rating:   Difficult
Driving Time:  1-1/2 hours
Leader:   Terry Nyenhuis   865-206-9476   terrynyenhuis@gmail.com
 
We will drive to Sugarlands Visitor Center to consolidate for the trip back to begin the shuttle at the famous Laurel Falls Trail.  In 1.3 miles the 75’ waterfall appears for our enjoyment.  The difficult 1700’ climb over 4 miles is rewarded with a view at the top, a look at the air quality monitoring station, and the junction with Cove Mountain Trail.  This beautiful, comfortable walk has some views, waterfalls, and hopefully we will see some mountain laurel, azaleas, and rhododendron blooming on our 2700’ decent in 8.5 miles.
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.