Two hikes, moonshine, & grub - Rock Island, Short Mtn, Flat Rock, & Miller's Gro

Join your hiking pals for a full day of touring, hiking, eating, history, and music as we take on two parks, a distillery, and a southern favorite for dinner! This will be a full, twelve plus hours of fun in Middle Tennessee featuring Rock Island State Park, Short Mountain Distillery, Flat Rock Cedar Glades, and Miller's Grocery.

Proposed agenda (subject to change, shift, and in danger of continental drift):
A) 7:30 a.m. - Carpool from Target
B) 9:30 - Meet Ranger Randy Hedgepath at Rock Island, embark on a wildflower hike starting at Twin Falls Trailhead and do the Downstream Trail for two miles rated moderate.
11:30 - Depart for Short Mountain Distillery
C) 12:30 - Tour at Short Mountain and hang out and eat our lunches
1:30 - Depart for Flat Rock Cedar Glade
D) 2:15 - Hike about 3-4 miles at Flat Rock
4:30 - Depart for Miller's Grocery in Christiana
E) 5:30 - Reservations for dinner (they allow us to bring in wine) and enjoy live bluegrass/Americana music
7:00 p.m. or a bit later - Head back to Target again
F) 7:30 arrive at original carpool spot

Here's our driving route for the day: http://goo.gl/maps/LP9Sv

Please bring appropriate hiking footwear and clothing for the weather, water, a lunch to eat while at Short Mountain, and plenty of water. Also, if you know you need to be back in Nashville earlier than our agenda allows, please be prepared to drive on your own.

Do not request guests on this hike yet. Usually, but not always, very popular events do not allow guests so that as many real members can get on board as possible. However, when it comes down to the day of, there are almost always a couple of spots free for guests. If your guest can deal with a last minute add, I would say keep in contact with the trip leader and ask up through the day before if guests will be allowed. You can almost count on your guest getting in the way things go. The absolute ideal thing would be for you to have your friend sign up for the meetup themselves and add themselves to the event.

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  • Kelly Stewart

    Please answer my one question survey about a future event at Short Mountain: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Z...­

    March 11, 2013

  • Kelly Stewart

    Great day! Only SNAFUs were a couple of wrong turns driving and the fact that we only ended up doing the inner loop at Flat Rock Cedar Glade. We'll have to try Miller's Grocery another time.

    March 10, 2013

  • Steve Nunley

    Great time

    March 10, 2013

  • Sandy Jo

    Great hike. Thanks to Randy and Kelly. I vote add this one to the list again.

    March 10, 2013

  • Vickie

    Great day! Enjoyed the many marvelous stories from Randy, Rich and the cast of characters who went on the hikes and to dinner!

    March 9, 2013

  • Naomi Steffanson

    I had a wonderful time today.

    March 9, 2013

  • Vickie

    Great day! Lots of fun. Loved meeting new people. And listening to the moonshine stories was great. Maybe next time we can take in Miller's Grocery! Thanks Kelly for planning such a fun day!

    March 9, 2013

  • Naomi Steffanson

    I'll meet you at Rock Island.

    March 9, 2013

  • Vickie

    Kelly, I will meet the group in Rock Island SP. Looking forward to a very fun day!

    March 9, 2013

  • Jane Werner Herring

    Sorry gang. Plans chg. next time .:(

    March 9, 2013

  • James Q

    Made other plans...

    March 8, 2013

  • Carl

    finally made other plans this afternoon before I got the "yes" list....can't go...:(

    March 8, 2013

  • Elaine

    I'm not going to be able to attend this event. I am recovering from the flu and haven't gotten all of my energy back. Please repeat this next month!

    March 8, 2013

  • Zoila R

    Was so looking forward to this weekend. Leaving for Atlanta tonight family Er.

    March 8, 2013

  • Casei Green

    Interested in this hike. I live in Antioch, Tn.

    March 8, 2013

  • Lisa Presley

    Sorry for the last minute change. Something has come up last minute.

    March 8, 2013

  • Michael (Mike) Hicks

    I'll be at the IHOP adjacent to the carpool for breakfast ~6:15. Feel free to join me!

    March 8, 2013

  • Shelby S

    crunched again, need to let someone else have my slot. hate to miss.

    March 8, 2013

  • Linda Jameson

    This is great, I'm really looking forward to this one. I'm coming from the Belmont/Lipscomb area if anyone want to catch a ride out with me. Zoila - yes I plan to bring wine for dinner.

    March 7, 2013

  • James

    Great plan, awsome idea. Bummer, wanted to go.

    March 7, 2013

  • Kenneth

    Something came up. Sorry.

    March 7, 2013

  • Tabby

    Have fun everyone!!

    March 7, 2013

  • Jane Werner Herring

    I think this needs to be a repeattttttt,

    March 7, 2013

  • Zoila R

    Anyone bringing their own wine.??

    February 28, 2013

    • Kelly Stewart

      For dinner? Yes, Zoila, probably will.

      1 · March 2, 2013

    • Kelly Stewart

      Drinking wine on the hike is not recommended. :-)

      March 7, 2013

  • Joy

    That is one long waiting list...

    March 5, 2013

    • Kelly Stewart

      If you're interested, hop on the wait list, Joy. Stranger things have happened!

      March 6, 2013

  • Kelly Stewart

    Please take note because many people do not read the details of an event and are surprised the day of:

    - We have five legs of driving on Saturday with a total of about 185 miles.
    - These are not strenuous hikes, so if you are looking for a workout, this day is not yours.
    - Arrive at the carpool spot at 7:15 a.m. with a full tank of gas (if you plan on driving), a full belly, and an empty bladder.
    - Please decide ahead of time if you plan on doing dinner with the group in case I need to change our reservation numbers at Miller's Grocery.
    - Bring gas money for your carpool driver. We have a very healthy wait list for this event so if you can't make it, be courteous to other members and change your RSVP as soon as possible.

    Let me know if you have any questions. This will be a fun day and it looks like beautiful weather!

    1 · March 5, 2013

    • Kelly Stewart

      Vickie, I agree. Meet us at Rock Island and my mobile is [masked] if you need to text me.

      March 5, 2013

    • Vickie

      If the plans change - my cell / txt number is [masked]

      March 5, 2013

  • Vickie

    Looking forward to this day of adventure. Anyone going from Murfreesboro? We can carpool. No need to go up to Antioch (LOL).

    March 2, 2013

  • sherrie

    Having problems with my knee. Won't be able to hike for awhile.

    February 28, 2013

  • Jennifer

    What is the flat rock hike rated?

    February 25, 2013

  • Tabby

    I am SO excited this is my b-day present to myself!!

    1 · February 25, 2013

  • Elaine

    I wish that these events were posted at night. I don't have access to the Meetup sites at work and once again I end up on a wait list because I can't RSVP until I get home at 4:00.

    1 · February 11, 2013

    • Allison C

      Hang in there, someone will have a conflict and drop out. I rarely don't get onto a hike I want; I just have to be patient.

      February 11, 2013

    • Kelly Stewart

      Elaine, we get just as many requests for events to be posted during the day. There is not an exact schedule on when events get posted except we try not to send out too many emails in one 24 hour period. As Allison said, get on the wait list and hang in there. It is very, very rare that the entire wait list doesn't cycle through.

      February 11, 2013

  • Kay

    Sounds like fun, but that will be the first day of my next six months in WA. Enjoy!

    February 11, 2013

    • Kelly Stewart

      Crud! Forgot when you were leaving Kay. We'll miss you!

      February 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    My friend was trying to RSVP for this but was having computer troubles before it was full. Is there any way he can still go?

    February 11, 2013

    • Kelly Stewart

      Have him get on the wait list. We always have people dropping out.

      February 11, 2013

  • Kathy Marie Redwine

    Dang it! Wish I could, but I have a gig. This one is right up my alley! :(

    February 11, 2013

  • janet

    Sounds like f-u-n!!

    February 11, 2013

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