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Hike TN's John Muir Trail in the BSF

Who doesn't love the Big South Fork?  Who doesn't love John Muir?  Let's get outta Nashville friday after work and drive over to the BSF.  (We'll probably leave Lebanon around 5:30pm and arrive at the park around 8pm.)  I am hoping we'll have enough people to drive a couple of cars and set up a shuttle.  (45min shuttle?)  We'll find a spot to camp in the woods.

Saturday we'll hike from near the visitor's center out to the river.  We'll view the Angel's Falls rapid from the overlook and then head south on the JMT.  We'll camp somewhere near the BSF river and O&W bridge.

Sunday we'll head towards Honey Creek over some uncharted areas (we'll even do a short bushwhack section (.25-.5mi only) as we meet up with the famous Honey Creek Loop.  We'll do half the loop on our way to finish the hike at the Burnt Mill Bridge trailhead.  We'll have to retrieve our car from the visitor's center and then head home.

If we don't have enough for the shuttle, we'll do an hourglass hike using the full honey creek and burnt mill loop trails, hopefully still making it up to the O&W bridge (a cool old rail bridge.)

Total mileage should be around 20-25 miles.

Weather should be 60-70degrees!

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  • Rob C.

    It was shaping up to be an epic hike and bushwhack on saturday. Everything went according to plan as we linked the two JMT sections. Then it rained all night and streams rose to flood stage. Honey Creek and the bushwhack were downright scary!

    1 · April 29, 2013

    • Adam R.

      I second the epic and the scary. I am still amazed that Pilot made it across that first ford...!

      April 29, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Look forward to seeing your pics!

      April 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I thought the JMT stopped just south of the O/W bridge and then picks up again at Honey Creek Loop and goes south to Burnt Mill Bridge. The rangers I talked with last year about JMT did not indicate different. I thought it had to do with private land. Do you know of any trails through that area?

    April 17, 2013

    • Rob C.

      the bushwhack is only a small segment, the lands are public according to all my maps, and there are some horse trails to follow through the area. I have maps and descriptions. there is some private land nearby, but we'll avoid that.

      1 · April 17, 2013

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