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Backpacking Walls of Jericho- 3rd Annual Halloween at the Graveyard!

Camping by a graveyard + Halloween season + great people = AWESOME!

TRIP STATS:



Meeting Time: 8:30AM



Meeting Place: Target Hickory Hollow



Estimated Drive Time One Way: 1.5 - 2 hours



Hike Distance: 3.5 miles in, camp overnight, then 3.5 miles out



Difficulty: Strenuous



Trip Leaders: Gena and Art 



Well behaved dogs ON LEASHES welcomed.

Join your hiking buds for a strenuous backpacking trip exploring one of the best natural areas in Southeast Tennessee. The 3.5-mile trail descends steeply into the Walls of Jericho natural amphitheater, crossing many creeks and streams. We'll hike in Saturday morning, set up camp near the cemetery, explore the Walls of Jericho, then return to camp for dinner! Last year we had a great Pot Luck Dinner, so if people are interested we can coordinate again!

*This is not an easy hike. Be prepared for mud, slippery spots, and many wet crossings. Do not attempt this hike if you are unsteady on your feet or are not in good shape.

** It looks like it may get down to 37 degrees Saturday night, so make sure to dress appropriately!

We'll meet at Target Hickory Hollow and carpool from there. Be sure to offer gas money to your carpool driver. We plan on parking and starting from the Alabama trailhead then returning there on Sunday.

To bring: Tent, sleeping bag and pad, food, water, snacks, utensils, toiletries, flashlight or headlamp, clothing appropriate for the weather, (layers), and rain gear. Optional items: camp stove, chair, fire starter, camera, ghost stories.

Also, I recommend you pack water shoes or sandals to change into to make the last creek crossing. We'll change out of our boots into water shoes, then change back after we come back over Turkey Creek.

Two resources on Walls of Jericho:



Kelly's GPS map on Backpacker Magazine site



State Natural Area page

DIRECTIONS: From Nashville take I-24 east toward Chattanooga. Take exit 127 on Highway 64 and turn right toward Winchester (do not miss this exit or you'll be stuck heading up Monteagle!). Stay on Highway 64 for about 15 miles and turn south on Hwy 16 and go about 18 miles to the Alabama trailhead; about one mile south of the state line.





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  • Marti

    I didn't like it!!!!!! I loved it!!!! It gets better every year..

    October 28, 2013

  • david w.

    Super fun Art & Gena!!!

    3 · October 28, 2013

    • Gena L.

      And your being there made it even more super fun!!!

      1 · October 28, 2013

    • Naomi S.

      That is true. Who else is going to lead a spider hunting hike?

      1 · October 28, 2013

  • Denise Forgette ".

    Thank you Gena and Art! I had an awesome time with a great group of people.

    1 · October 27, 2013

    • Gena L.

      Our pleasure!!! I'm so happy you came!

      October 27, 2013

  • Robert M.

    It was good to meet a lot of you at the Camp site and on the trail as some were arriving.Did anything exciting happen Sat night, any ghost show up?

    1 · October 27, 2013

    • Gena L.

      No-- just crazy hikers

      2 · October 27, 2013

  • Denise Forgette ".

    Fabulous backpack!

    1 · October 27, 2013

  • Emily D.

    Looks like y'all had fun! Sorry I had to miss out! Next time Jeff and I will make it! :-)

    1 · October 27, 2013

  • Naomi S.

    Mike are you having breakfast ay Cracker Barrelled?

    October 26, 2013

    • Naomi S.

      Barrell

      October 26, 2013

    • Naomi S.

      And by Cracker Barrell I mean ihop.

      October 26, 2013

  • Robert M.

    Might see y'all there or on the trail, look for me with red bandana ..
    Indian Macdadi

    1 · October 25, 2013

  • Art C.

    Meeting at 8:30 at target

    October 25, 2013

  • Robert M.

    What time does the actual hike start fro Alabama trail head

    October 25, 2013

    • Michael (Mike) H.

      We should be at the Alabama trailhead around 10:30 CDT.

      October 25, 2013

  • Gena L.

    FYI-- If anyone is traveling from the Murfreesboro area, there will be a couple of people carpooling from there! just let me know!

    October 25, 2013

  • Robert M.

    Cannot spend the night, I will however be on the trail and if I come across fellow Trekkers please say hello!

    Robert Macdadi

    October 23, 2013

  • Robert M.

    Gena or Art who ever can call me cell[masked] thanks

    October 23, 2013

  • Susan N.

    Giving up my spot because I still haven't had my first teaching evaluation. Evaluations are incredibly stressful and time consuming. Going to do a day hike.

    October 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can't make it this weekend--y'all have fun!

    October 17, 2013

  • Robert M.

    So glad to see this hike is coming up and definitely plan to be there..been wanting to do this hike for a couple of years...sounds like it could also be scary

    Rob macdadi

    1 · October 14, 2013

  • Marti

    I'm going even if I am on this list.. I'm unstoppable ; )

    1 · September 3, 2013

    • Randy

      Who Hoo! Looks like some good times again!

      2 · September 4, 2013

  • charlotte c

    Anyone willing to make a day hike out of this? I've been wanting to hike " The Walls" but can't do overnighters because I run a canine sanctuary which only allows me to be gone 12 hrs at a time.

    September 4, 2013

    • Gena L.

      This event is overnight only-- sorry

      September 4, 2013

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