East Tennessee Hikes - 2014

April 12 - Fall Creek State Park Scotch and water(fall) hike. Pikeville, TN. - Join former membership director, Ron Dunn, as once again he dons his kilt, this time for a hike at Fall Creek Falls State Park. (For those of you who may not have been at the 2012 TTA Annual Meeting, Garnett Rush outbid the competition at the live auction to win this unique event.) Our plan is to hike the Gorge trail out to the trail to the base of the falls before returning via the Woodland trail. After a little lunch break we'll walk the Paw Paw trail. If you've got a kilt of your own, feel free to wear it! Meet at 9:00 CDT at the Nature Center. For more info or to sign-up, contact Ron Dunn at trekkingtn@comcast.net or 615-483-6055 or Garnett Rush at rushga01@yahoo.com or 615-210-0660

April 26 - House Mountain - At 2064 feet, House Mountain is the highest point in Knox County. The 4 mile loop is rated moderate to strenuous due to rocky terrain and 1,000 feet change in elevation. We will meet at 10:00 am EDT in the trailhead parking area. Wear sturdy boots, bring water and snacks. For more information and to register contact Garnett Rush at 615-210-0660 or e-mail rushga01@yahoo.com. 

May 10 - White Oak Sinks via Chestnut top Trail, GSMNP.  7.5 miles. Moderate.  This hike will start at the Townsend Wye parking lot entrance to the Park.  We'll begin ascending Chestnut Top Trail for 1200' over a distance of 2.7 miles before intersecting School House Gap Trail at 4.3 miles and turning right.  At the picnic tables at the park boundary we begin the off-trail descent into White Oak Sinks.  While in the "Sinks" we'll check out the Bat Cave, sinkholes, the disappearing waterfall, and the abundance of wildflowers.  We exit White Oak Sinks via a sometimes steep, well-worn path that leads back to School House Gap Trail near the Turkey Pen Ridge Trail intersection.  It's then just 1.1 miles down to Laurel Fork Rd.  Wear sturdy hiking boots and bring lunch and water.  Meet at 9:00am ET at the Townsend Wye.  To pre-register contact Rosie at rosemary_L@hotmail.com or 865-951.8317. 

May 17 - East Lakeshore TrailWe will meet at the Glendale Branch Trailhead at 10:00 am ET and head out to connect with the Coytee Loop Trail for a total of approximately 6.0 miles.  The trail basically follows the shoreline of Tellico Lake, is relatively flat with a few small hills but nothing difficult.  Wear sturdy boots, bring water, and snacks. For more information and to register contact Garnett Rush at 615-210-0660 or e-mail rushga01@yahoo.com.