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2018 SPRING OVERNIGHT BACKPACKING & HIKING TRIP (Search for Bigfoot)
PURPOSE OF EVENT: We will be looking for signs of bigfoot. There have been numerous reports of sightings in the Central Tennessee area as well as tree knocking, vocalizations and partial footprints...so who knows. DATE: April 20, 2018 – April 22, 2018. PLACE: Fall Creek Falls State Park 2009 Village Camp Road / Spencer, Tennessee[masked] / www.tn.gov/environment/parks/fallcreekfalls MEETING PLACE: Kohls on Highway 153 @ 3:30P (e). Attendees (not from the Chattanooga area) can meet us at the Nature Center if they choose. DEPARTURE TIME: Leave Kohls @ 3:45P (e). ARRIVAL TIME: Arrive FCFSP @ approximately 4:00P (c). Must register at the Nature Center by 4:30P (c). LENGTH of HIKE: Thirteen (13) miles which we will stretch out over two days for the best experience: Friday (Day 1): Two hour hike and make camp @ Primitive Campsite #1. Saturday (Day 2): Four hour hike and make camp @ Primitive Campsite #2. Sunday (Day 3): Four hour hike and depart for Chattanooga. DIFFICULTY LEVEL: We will be hiking / camping the overnight trail (lower loop). Average “3” with one “6” on a scale of 1 - 10. Ideal for an experienced day hiker wanting to complete their first overnight trip. PHOTOGRAPHY: Encouraged as there are some terrific areas to capture the moment including the namesake waterfalls, creeks, wildlife and natural settings. Spring (due to water runoff) and Fall (due to color change) are the best times to hike this trail. NECESSITIES: Everyone will provide their own food, water, snacks, walking stick or trekking poles, comfortable footwear and warm clothing, camping gear including backpack / tent / sleeping bag, fire, insect repellent, first aid kit, flashlight / headlamp as well as any other personal needs of each hiker. PARKING: Will be behind the rangers residence which provides some minimal security for overnight parking. COST: No cost to enter / camp at the park. A small contribution for gas if anyone agrees to carpool. I can accommodate two additional riders plus gear. RSVP’s: Should be completed through Meet Up / Chattanooga Hiking Club. Any cancellations should be completed quickly so that other attendees can join the excursion. EVENT ORGANIZER John K. Mazzie[masked] [masked] I have completed approximately fifty (50) overnight hiking / camping trips and would welcome anyone that would like to participate in my next semi annual trip.

Kohls Department Store

Highway 153 · Hixson, TN

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Chattanooga Hiking Meetup is an outdoor adventure and eco-volunteer club that plans hiking, backpacking, camping, paddling, and biking events throughout the year ranging from easy to strenuous, local to regional. The aim of the group is to explore the natural beauty of the region and to develop a social network for people with like interests.

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