This is a lovely & easy hike in the Upper Bald River Wilderness Study Area east of Tellico Plains, Tennessee. This 9,038 acre unspoiled watershed is the headwaters of the Bald River, and is proposed for Wilderness designation in Lamar Alexander's Tennessee Wilderness Act of 2011. We will start our hike approximately 7 miles upstream from Bald River Falls. Two stream crossings are required in each direction. Both of them are easy. The trail itself is an old railroad bed, and has a gentle grade the entire way.
We will hike along beautiful Brookshire Creek to an unnamed 15' waterfall. Along the way our leader will discuss the flora & fauna of this spectacular area. We will have lunch at the base of the waterfall and explore the water's edge. This is a great place for photography!
Because of Wilderness regulations, this hike has a strict group size limit of 12. Therefore, it is imperative that you attend this hike if you register - or someone else will be excluded. This hike will fill up and justifiably so. Should you register, and your plans change, please be sure to change your RSVP status so someone who is wait listed will have a chance to participate. We appreciate your assistance with this.
After lunch our leader will read excerpts from Aldo Leopold's Sand County Almanac. After the hike we will visit the Tellico Kats Deli for some dessert & conversation along the banks of the Tellico River. Can you say fun?
There is another opportunity for a longer 7 mile hike this same day. Look for the separate Meetup for that hike.
Our lunch spot. Photo by Bill Hodge.