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