Hike the Brookshire Creek Trail or Kirkland Creek Trail

This outing will consist of two hikes, each with a group size limit of 12. They will take place simultaneously. This will require us to split the group at the trailhead.

The Brookshire Creek Trail is a moderate 5-mile in & out hike to a beautiful waterfall. The trail follows the Bald River 2.5~ miles to an unnamed waterfall in the Upper Bald River Wilderness Study Area. There, participants can cool off in the pool at the base of the waterfall after enjoying their lunch. This hike is mostly along an old rail grade. There are two stream crossings in each direction, so appropriate footwear should be worn.

The Kirkland Creek Trail is a gem! This moderate 6-mile in & out hike will require 12 stream crossings in either direction. That means that participants will be in & out of the water 24 times before the day is done. The rhododendron along this trail can be spectacular. The trail is mostly level the entire hike.  There is a slight uphill grade the last mile or so. Water shoes are strongly recommended for this hike.

Registration for this outing will open on May 29.

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  • Lesa

    Beautiful area. Did Brookshire trail woukd live to do mire od it.

    July 14, 2013

    • Lesa

      I can't type. .love to do more of it. Sorry

      1 · July 15, 2013

  • Jodie

    Brookshire Creek Trail was beautiful

    July 14, 2013

  • Tiffany N.

    Had never been up to the Tellico Plains area - stunningly beautiful.

    1 · July 14, 2013

  • Gail

    Sounds like a wonderful hike on a beautiful day. Wish I had been able to make it. Hopefully next time!

    July 14, 2013

  • Puspa

    It was a great hike overall except was a short one for me.

    July 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    With all the rain how are the water levels?

    July 11, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      We missed you Alex. And for the record, the water was cold & clear!

      July 14, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Yes sorry I missed it too, I rarely oversleep but I did. I got this new foam mattress which eliminates pressure points well, so it makes it easier to stay in bed. I'll be ready next weekend!

      July 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great fun! Great group. We could have gone farther.

    July 14, 2013

  • Puspa

    Would there be anyone to carpool from 411S anywhere from Madisonville southward?

    July 12, 2013

  • Michele J.

    So Sorry to cancel!!

    July 12, 2013

  • Tiffany N.

    Is the 9:00 am the time we meet at carpool? Or time we have to be at Tellico plains?

    July 11, 2013

  • Cindy K.

    Would this hike be ok for a thirteen year old? She is in great shape just didn't know if there were any age restrictions. Thanks!!!

    July 10, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Absolutely! We love when young people hike with us. Keeps me young!

      July 11, 2013

  • Lamar D.

    Was hoping to come, but I can't make it.

    July 9, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Boo! Hiss!

      July 10, 2013

  • Lesa

    Would this be a hike dogs could go on? Golden Retriever.

    July 9, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      We generally don't allow dogs, but I could make an exception for a Golden that is leashed and well behaved. Call me at[masked]-7866. Thanks.

      July 10, 2013

  • Barbara P. M.

    A little too far for me to drive from Rome. I'd had to leave at dark thirty to get there by 7:30 a.m. Hope to get on the list for the hike on July 20th!

    1 · July 9, 2013

  • Joy F.

    Looking forward to the hike. I would like to carpool from Chattanooga and will plan on meeting at Starbucks. See everyone on Saturday!

    July 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    We're getting close! Check your schedule and please change your RSVP if you can't attend. We have a few openings, so ask a friend to join if you like. Just make sure to change your RSVP to +1 as we are limited with our group size (12 per) due to wilderness regulations. For those coming from Chattanooga who want to carpool or caravan, meet me at the Starbucks on 2217 Hamilton Place Blvd at 7:15am. We will leave there at 7:30am SHARP. This is off I-75 at exit 5 (Shallowford Road). The drive to Tellico is about 80 minutes. We will leave the Cherohala Skyway Visitors Center for the trailhead no later than 9:30 after an orientation, safety talk, and discussion about the day. Expect to get your feet wet so choose appropriate footwear. The rhodo should be blooming so bring a camera. A hiking pole(s) or walking stick would be a wise idea. The water will be up. Call if ANY questions.
    Jeff[masked]

    July 9, 2013

  • Olga

    Is there a carpool meeting point in the Chattanooga area?

    July 9, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Yes. Posting that now.

      July 9, 2013

  • Deborah

    I have an unexpected conflict so I am stepping aside for someone on waitlist to enjoy this beautiful trail. I hope the rhododendrons are still blooming for you.

    July 8, 2013

  • Jodie

    Looking forward to my first event in Tennessee

    1 · June 19, 2013

  • Olga

    I'm open to either trail--the Brookshire is probably my first pick. Can't wait!

    1 · June 9, 2013

  • Joy F.

    What a great place to hike!

    June 2, 2013

  • Gail

    Jeff, the stream crossings on the Kirkland Creek Trail - are they just "get your feet wet" crossings or deep or wide - i.e. how much of a stream is there? 24 crossings doesn't bother me if they are easy minor ones, and the trail sounds beautiful. Please advise. Thank you.

    April 17, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      You can expect the crossings to be anywhere from Ankle deep to knee deep. They vary. Nothing too difficult. Hiking poles help..

      April 17, 2013

    • Deborah

      Definitely bring poles! Its so beautiful.

      1 · May 30, 2013

  • Deborah

    Kirkland Creek for me.

    May 30, 2013

  • Michele J.

    If anyone is interested in carpooling from Chattanooga let me know!!

    May 30, 2013

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