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Buzzard's Point Hike

  • Mar 9, 2013 · 9:00 AM


Buzzard's  Point



Meeting Date:         Saturday, March 9th

Meeting Time:         9am

Meeting Location:    Laurel-Snow Pocket Wilderness parking lot

(see directions at bottom of page)

Hike Distance:         approximately 6.5 miles

Level of Difficulty:    Moderate

Hike Leader:            Ryan Maddux

Pets:                      Friendly "leashed" dogs are welcome





This will be a hike with some beautiful views.  You will begin walking alongside a river with a multitude of large boulders.  The water should be flowing heavily, and will be an awesome site in and of itself.


You will pass by an old mining cave, and continue along until you come to a split.  The group will then proceed to the left toward Buzzard Point.  There will be an old metal bridge to cross to get over the river.  You will then proceed via some switchbacks on an upward climb of approximately 800 feet.  The terrain is not difficult, but it does climb. There are minimal rocks and roots.


Once on top, the group will check out the incredible view from Buzzard's Point.  This is always a favorite, so be sure to bring your cameras.   While descending back down the mountain, you will be able to see a glimpse of the view of Laurel Falls from the other side as well.  The Laurel Falls segment will be a hike for another day, though.
























Hike Leader Contact Info

Ranger Ryan Maddux




Those interested in Carpooling:

Meet at the Walmart in Soddy Daisy at 8am.

The group will need to leave no later than 8:10am.

Please arrive at the carpool early.  Once everyone is there, everyone can divide into the least amount of vehicles necessary for the trip, and then head to the meeting location in Dayton.  There will not be an organizer at the carpool, but anyone that arrives at the carpool can divvy up into cars from there.

Please be sure to share in the expense of gas with the drivers.




Buzzard's Point is located in the Laurel-Snow Pocket Wilderness located north of Dayton, TN. It is accessible via Highway 27/29. Heading north turn left, onto Walnut Grove Road north of Dayton (new Eckerd Drug on corner). Proceed 3/4 of a mile to Back Valley Road (pass La-Z-Boy factory) and turn left. On Back Valley Road, proceed 0.7 miles to an unmarked gravel road/Richland Creek Road (small white church on the left) and turn right. Proceed about 1 mile to the parking area at the end of Richland Creek Road.



No-Shows: As with all Meetup's, please be polite -- if you are a YES RSVP, please show up. If you can't make it, please change your YES to a NO as soon as possible.  Please don't be a "no-show!"  As a group, we are fortunate that most of our members are very respectful in this way, and we thank you and appreciate you for that.


WEATHER: As with all outdoor events, if it's raining/stormy or very poor trail conditions, we may have to cancel. If the weather is questionable, please check this event page before you leave home.


Please make every effort to arrive early or on time

so that you do not hold up the group.

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  • Deborah

    Loved this trail! Absolutely beautiful especially with the extra water the recent rains brought to the creek. I want to go back soon to see Laurel and Snow Falls. My hiking companions were wonderful-new and old.

    March 9, 2013

  • Dawn L

    This was a great hike. I just wish the sun had shined a little more than it did. As usual, great camaraderie as well.

    1 · March 9, 2013

  • George M.

    Since I'm only limited to two guests on the rsvp, I wanted to fyi you guys and let you know that I'll be bringing 5 more friends with me. We'll be carpooling up and meet you at the site.

    March 8, 2013

    • Rhonda

      George: I'm the assistant organizer for CHM .... please email me about the rsvp's ..... [masked]

      March 8, 2013

  • charlotte P.

    love this hike, but Im taking a couple of people the other way to Laurel Falls. Beautiful hike, enjoy the view!

    March 8, 2013

  • Kera

    Sorry... Just found out my sons soccer schedule today. He has his first soccer practice Saturday at 10am. So I want be able to join the hike sadly. I hope to get the opportunity again soon. Thank you for the invite.

    March 7, 2013

    • Kera

      Will there be any hikes on Sundays..?

      March 8, 2013

  • Kera

    I'm excited! :}

    March 7, 2013

  • Dawn L

    I'm going to bring my dog Belita on this hike. Hopefully she can handle 6.5 miles.

    March 6, 2013

  • Amy

    Doing a tree planting

    1 · March 6, 2013

  • Deborah

    I'd love to do this hike Ryan. Will you be posting again?

    March 5, 2013

    • Rhonda

      My apologies. I set it up with the incorrect number of rsvp's. I have corrected it. Feel free to rsvp.

      March 5, 2013

  • Kera

    Can I bring a friend? My plus on please?

    March 4, 2013

    • Rhonda

      Anytime you want to bring a friend, all you have to do is indicate the number in the box that says "guests" right below where you rsvp. You can even add that after you have already rsvp'ed for yourself. All you have to do is change the zero to a one, and then click rsvp again.

      1 · March 4, 2013

    • Kera

      Thanks bunches ;}

      March 5, 2013

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