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Easy & beautiful 5 mile hike of Brookshire Creek Trail

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.

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  • Shannon

    Beautiful day and great company! Really enjoyed it. Thanks Jeff for a great trip.

    August 19, 2012

  • Joy F.

    It was a wonderful hike! Thanks, Jeff for guiding us and giving us so much information along the way.

    August 19, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great group! Lots to see. I appreciated everyone's patience as we sorted out an unnecessarily confusing car shuttle. Alls well that ends well!

    August 19, 2012

  • Tim C.

    This was a beautiful hike, and John did an excellent job of pointing out various aspects of the flora and fauna found along the trail. The waterfall was amazing!

    August 19, 2012

  • Tim

    Awesome informative hike! Great weather, and new friends made along the way

    August 18, 2012

  • Lisa Monroe C.

    if there is anyone coming from the knoxville area, I'd like to carpool

    August 12, 2012

    • Neal C.

      I am driving from Knoxville to participate in the seven mile hike. I live near the UT campus. Would you like to carpool? [masked]

      August 16, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'm planning on heading over to the new Trader Joe's in Knoxville after the hike if you need a ride back.

      August 17, 2012

  • Tim C.

    Coming from Cleveland. See you at Tellico!

    August 15, 2012

  • Shannon

    I will glad to drive if some want to carpool (I get carsick). See you then!

    August 12, 2012

  • Deborah

    Jeff, I signed up for the 7 miler, so assume I should concel this one? Sorry I thought they were the same.

    July 2, 2012

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