Hike in the Shelton Laurel Area on and near AT -- 10.5 miles

We are going to hike in the Shelton Laurel area of Madison County on and near the Appalachian Trail.  We will start on the Jerry Miller Trail (yellow rectangular blaze) and go up 2500ft in 4.5 miles to the AT.  Then hike on the NC-TN border on the AT for about 2.5 miles to the Fork Ridge Trail (yellow rectangular blaze) and down 2000 ft to Forest Rd 111 and back about 1/2 mile to the parking area.  Driving time to the trail will be about 50-60 minutes and we will take I-26 up to the Flag Pond exit just across the TN state line and then follow me to the trail head about 10-12 miles away.  Weather looks good for the morning but there may be rain in the afternoon so bring some rain gear and dress for highs in the low 80s .  We will meet at 9am at the Earthfare-Westgate parking lot and leave for the trail at 9:15.  This hike is a moderate to strenuous hike of about 10.5 miles and will offer some nice views when we get on top the AT that will make it worth the effort.  Friendly dogs are welcome and we should have a great day on the trail.  Hope to see you then!

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks Forest for a great hike. Beautiful day, wonderful trail & company!

    May 20, 2013

  • Forest D.

    Here are the statistics for the hike: 10.61 miles, elevation gain: 3863 ft.

    http://connect.garmin.com/activity/315305812

    May 19, 2013

  • Forest D.

    This was a very nice hike with good weather until the very end. Thanks to everyone who came for the great company.

    May 19, 2013

  • Rose

    What a terrific hike! Beating out the rain at the end would have made it darn near perfect. Good company and always so happy to have our canine pals, Griffing, Augie, and BJ to share the trails.

    May 19, 2013

  • Malba L.

    Thanks for a great hike, Forest - and nice meeting the rest of you all. See you soon on the mountain.

    May 19, 2013

  • Ginger

    Beautiful views, nice weather (until the last 10 minutes), great company, the Slinky theme song (still stuck in my head), and a temporary escort by three antenna-clad hunting dogs. True, I could've done without the pesky gnats, but otherwise perfect.

    1 · May 19, 2013

  • Debra

    I don't like hiking in the rain.

    May 19, 2013

  • Mary F.

    Sorry, can't make it this am.

    May 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Would love to try the hike but know I can't put my body through it yet. Thanks and have a great day

    May 18, 2013

  • Banana P.

    Banged my knee on Big East hike - feeling a strenuous hike might not be the best thing for it the next day - enjoy!

    May 18, 2013

  • Allen

    Having afternoon guests Sunday...Hope this hike is offered again soon.

    1 · May 14, 2013

  • Forest D.

    About 5 hours I would guess

    May 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    How long will this take to complete?

    May 13, 2013

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  • Forest D.
    "Sole Free", Assistant Organizer
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  • Ginger
    "Ms. Mustard"
  • A former member

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