Hike Sunday To The Old Clock Tower & Stone House Ruins

  • February 23, 2014 · 1:00 PM
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I've had some folks very curious about the old CCC Camp, Clock Tower and the stone school ruins hike.  For me, this is one of the most educational and enjoyable hikes in the park. Third time's charm right? So let's do it again, this Sunday! It's a very cool and medium difficulty hike. We we'll only have one significant water crossing, so hiking poles and waterproof boots will be helpful, but not mandatory. If you are careful, you won't need either of these unless we've had lots of rain a day or two before the hike!

The hike: We will see some of the most unique historic sites and hike partially along the gorgeous Pigeon river. There are two hills but not difficult. I consider this hike as a moderate one. Most trails are wide, gradual and former dirt and grass road beds (Old Newfound Gap Road). Once we leave the visitor's center we will take the Old Sugarlands trail head towards Cherokee Orchard approx. 2.5 miles. We should be back by 6PM or just before dark if everyone wants to slow down.

We'll visit the depression era CCC camp and see how they pumped mountain stream water via a dam, valves and piping into their once standing dwellings. We'll strike some poses in front of the old clock tower (which isn't really a tower) then, venture a little off trail approx. 1/2 mile, and cross a vibrant small stream with cute little cascades to get to the stone house ruins. Hopefully, this stream will be "little" depending on previous rain fall.

Once again, bring hiking poles or be prepared to let others lend a hand to you. It's usually only about a 4' rock hop. There is only one other stream previous to this one, but it's usually only wet enough to muddy your feet. Waterproof boots aren't really needed unless the rain has been significant.

Bring a decent snack to eat. We'll dine at the stone house ruins, and of course, bring water and your camera. There will be some "high stepping" over fallen logs and trees since our recent winds. No worse than Pilates. :)

I encourage, and by no means push, anyone who'd like to bring a scripture pertaining to Creation or you'd just like to share a story of God's blessing's with the group, please do so.

I'd be happy to assist anyone who'd like some tips with their photography, along the way.

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  • Steve E.

    Fun folks fun hike!

    1 · February 23

    • Susan S.

      It was great! I've uploaded the photos...just waiting for them to process!

      2 · February 23

  • ShelleyC

    Great hike with wonderful company. I look forward to the next one! Thank you for planning everything Steve.

    2 · February 23

  • jose b.

    Glad I went enjoyed it

    1 · February 23

  • Susan S.

    I will also be driving from the Cedar Bluff area and through Maryville. I know a little shorter way through part of Wears Valley and taking a road that comes out at Metcalf Bottoms picnic area. Is anyone interested in carpooling from my area?

    1 · February 22

    • Billy M

      Yes

      February 22

    • Steve E.

      Not sure if "Little River/ Metcalf way actually takes longer or not than taking Wears Valley, to the Spur and The Gatlinburg BY-Pass. Is it truly quicker? It's very a long and winding road and if you get behind a tourist it can take forever. Just asking.

      February 23

  • Kelly Wilson M.

    Thanks Steve for introducing me to this hiking group! Wish I could go today but am unable to make it. Hope you all have a great hike...it's going to be a perfect day for it. Have Fun!

    1 · February 23

    • Steve E.

      I'm glad you have joined us and wish you could hike this one due to it's terrain variations and history. We'll be hiking again soon and hopefully you can make it then. God Bless!

      February 23

  • Lesa

    Hate it, but gotta miss this one. Cooking dinner for my sons 23rd birthday and the timing just won't work. Hope you all have fun and I'll miss the company.

    1 · February 21

    • Steve E.

      I will miss you too! Do you have any design/drafting software? Our company just let go three fulltime draftsmen/CAD folks. I think they may be looking into getting freelancers and I thought of you.

      February 23

  • jose b.

    We will be there, finally lol.

    1 · February 21

    • Steve E.

      It's about time Jose! :)

      February 23

  • Anne B.

    I'm in San Diego visiting granddaughter and babies,
    Have fun ! catch up next time Anne

    1 · February 21

    • Steve E.

      You've already hiked this one with me anyway, but I wish you could be here to do it again. Enjoy your family time!

      February 23

  • Billy M

    Hey, Steve. My friend John is joining us for this hike. He is meeting us at Sugarlands so keep an eye out for him if he gets there before I do. He was on the New Year's Day hike to Abrams Falls so you will probably recognize him. He's tall with a grayish beard.

    1 · February 22

    • Steve E.

      Will do my friend. Thanks for giving a ride to Shelly!

      February 23

  • ShelleyC

    Will anyone be coming through/via Maryville or Walland?

    February 21

    • Billy M

      How about the Kroger at Kingston Pike and Cedar Bluff near the gas pumps a little after 11:30? We'll be in a black Toyota Tacoma truck.

      February 23

    • Susan S.

      Sounds great. I will be in a white Kia Optima...see you then!

      1 · February 23

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