Haven't hiked with us yet? Here's your chance! This hike is limited to folks who have not yet hiked with TN Wild. If you have hiked with us previously, we ask that you do not register for this outing. Registration for this outing will open on June 26.
This moderately 8-mile hike of the Rock Creek & Dry Pond Lead Trails takes us into beautiful & secluded Pressley Cove. The first three miles of this hike will involve a steady climb on the Rock Creek Trail. At the end of mile 3, we will crest the ridge, and drop into Pressley Cove. Here, the sounds of Hwy 64 disappear. We'll drop down one mile into the bottom of a densely wooded gorge and enjoy lunch along a beautiful creek, surrounded by big trees.
After lunch, we will continue along the Rock Creek Trail and marvel at the moss, plunge pools and cascades along the creek. We will soon start climbing out of the gorge. At mile 5~ we will reach the junction of the Dry Pond Lead Trail. Here, we will stop and discuss the Tennessee Wilderness Act, which, when passed, will expand wilderness protection in the Little Frog Wilderness by 978 acres.
After our chat and water break, we will follow the Dry Pond Lead Trail (a/k/a Benton MacKaye Trail) mostly downhill to our waiting vehicles. We will have left several vehicles at our starting trailhead 3~ miles away, so we will shuttle to get those vehicles.
Questions? Call hike leader Jeff Hunter at[masked]
At least 3 liters of water are recommended on this hike due to distance, elevation gain, and the summer heat. None of the climbing is particularly steep, but it is still uphill.