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.