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Overnighter at Grassy Cove (Cumberland Trail)

Let's do a quick easy-ish overnighter to say adieu to March (Will it go out like a lamb?)  Carpool Friday after work from Nashville/Lebanon area.  It's about a 2 hr drive.  Shuttle cars to the Jewett Rd Trailhead.  We'll begin our hike at the Black Mtn Loop trail and then camp just below the main summit area.  (We drive to the top - easy!) 

Probably about 2 miles of hiking Friday evening (hopefully arriving at camp around dusk, may need a bit of night hiking.)  I expect to set up a campfire if the weather cooperates.

Saturday we'll get an early start and hike down to the Windless Cave entrance.  From here the Cumberland Trail goes onto private property where the right of way is not so clear.  We will probably bushwhack down to Rte 68, hopefully along an already flagged future CT route.  We'll cross 68 and hike the whole Brady Mtn trail for a total of about 9-10 miles.  We'll probably grab lunch in Crossville or Cookeville and return home mid afternoon Sat.

Except for the bushwhack section the trail should be fairly easy and rewarding, with great ridgeline views of the surrounding Cumberland Mtns and view of the Smokies off to the east.

(Photos from Cumberland Trail site)

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  • Brent M

    Great Trip! The bushwacking was a little difficult in some locations. But the overlook more than made up for that. Thanks to Rob for organizing this trip and thanks to Raymond for organizing our communal meal. Brats definately hit the spot on Friday night!

    April 4, 2012

  • Raymond M.

    So, Rob, where are the adventuresome blood photos?!!! ;)

    April 3, 2012

  • Rob C.

    Bushwhack was a little tougher than expected, and the car shuttle a bit annoying. Other than that, the trip was great: short but sweet. Brady Bluff overlook is one of the best I've ever been to.

    April 1, 2012

  • Raymond M.

    Great to "finally" hike on the Cumberland Trail! Thanks to Rob for organizing and leading this outing. Great job! We all had fun and enjoyed being in the woods and on the mountains. Can't wait to go back.

    April 1, 2012

  • Josh G.

    Great food, fun bushwhack & an amazingly beautiful overlook.

    March 31, 2012

  • Rob C.

    yeah, but that would mean we have to road walk to the second trail head. My understanding is that there's a flagged route down to Hwy 68. I think a bushwhack would add some adventure into an otherwise pretty easy hike?

    March 27, 2012

  • Raymond M.

    By the way, Rob, when I spoke with the CT office today, I was advised that the ATV road was still good to hike, so no bushwhacking necessary unless you just want to.

    March 27, 2012

  • Raymond M.

    When I organize communal meals on my hikes, I take a poll to see how many want to join in, then based on that number and what people volunteer to bring, I assign who brings brats, buns, baked beans, condiments, S'mores, etc. If it's just you, me, and Ron, we can decide.

    Also, I just spoke with the CT Hqtrs in Crossville. They expressed concern about leaving a vehicle at Jewett Road overnight due to local meth heads. I'm checking on getting my truck shuttled there during the day on Sat.

    March 27, 2012

  • Rob C.

    Hey guys that sounds great. I'd be in for a communal meal, what should I bring? I'm hoping that we arrive early enough for a sunset hike of the loop, but we shall see. Looks like you found where the campsite is. I'll post a link to some topo maps soon too.

    March 27, 2012

  • Raymond M.

    Rob, Ron and I have pow-wowed and are good to go for Friday afternoon. As things stand now, we plan to meet at 4:00 Central Time at the Jewett Road trailhead, leave my truck there, and drive to Black Mountain. He and I will do the 1.7-mile loop for fun, then hike down to the campsite and build a fire. We are interested in taking brats to roast over the fire. Anyone else interested in joining and contributing to a communal meal?

    March 27, 2012

  • Rob C.

    Sounds great, guys. I think the most helpful thing you could do would be to drop a car at the end-point on Jewett Rd if you'd be willing. I think it's about 45 minute shuttle :(
    http://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=Black+Mountain+Rd&daddr=Happy+Top+Rd&hl=en&ll=35.85177,-84.92981&spn=0.140807,0.308647&sll=35.866448,-84.899597&sspn=0.035195,0.077162&geocode=FRRMIwIdpqXw-g%3BFbcjIgIdn1vv-g&t=p&mra=mift&mrsp=0&sz=14&z=12

    March 26, 2012

  • david w.

    Have done black mtn. and Backpacked Brady mtn. Got chased off a overlook by a goat!

    March 18, 2012

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