• Laurel-Snow Pocket Wilderness (10 miles)

    Laurel-Snow Falls Trailhead

    Let's do a day hike into the beautiful Laurel-Snow pocket wilderness near Dayton, TN. The total mileage of the hike is around 10 miles and it is rated as moderately strenuous. This hike has two creek crossings which according to rainfall can be anywhere from ankle-deep to knee-deep. Dress in layers, bring water, snacks and lunch. Trailside attractions include Buzzard's point (one of the best overlooks in Tennessee), Snow falls (35-ft), Dunn's overlook, Bryson's overlook and Laurel Falls (an impressive 110-ft). We will start from the trailhead at 8.30 am Central time or 9.30 am Eastern time. Use the following link for finding the trailhead (which is easy to miss) https://goo.gl/PzM5Sh (https://www.google.com/maps/place/Laurel+Snow+Trailhead/@35.5261257,-85.0240205,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x8860a161b4e91b23:0x77605ae335364d9f!8m2!3d35.5261214!4d-85.0218318) Text/Call me at[masked] if necessary. Those from Chattanooga who are interested in carpooling can meet at Whole Foods Market Parking lot (301 Manufacturers Road) at 8.45 am ET.

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  • Morning Hikers: Signal Point To Edwards Point

    Signal Point, NPS

    Back by popular demand, Edwards point is one of the best overlooks around Chattanooga. This time we will hike from Signal point which will definitely make the hike more strenuous as the first 0.5 mile is steep downhill and rocky. Overall mileage will be around 5 miles. Trailside attractions include Julia falls overlook, rainbow lake falls, a swinging bridge and some unnamed overlooks and creeks. Let's meet directly at Signal point parking lot at 9.00 am. Text/call me at[masked] if you need to. Hope to see you!

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  • Cohutta Wilderness - Hickory Ridge Trail Maintenance

    Rice Camp Trailhead

    November is a perfect time for a wilderness adventure! Autumn's palette of color is still evident and temperatures are generally cool yet comfortable. Join us on the Hickory Ridge trail as we maintain water bars and dips for trail erosion protection. From this ridgeline trail, you'll be able to take in some awesome views of surrounding mountains. Total round trip mileage is about 9 miles on this moderate trail. What to Bring? work gloves, sturdy footwear, lunch, 1-2 liters of water, and a daypack to carry it in. Long pants are recommended. Directions: - From Chatsworth, GA (intersection of Hwy 76 & Hwy 411), travel north on Hwy 411 for 11.8 miles to Cisco, GA. -Turn right onto Old Hwy 2, at the Cisco Baptist Church, and go 7.8 miles. -Turn right onto East Cowpen Rd, FS 51. There is a directional sign here for Rice Camp, East Cowpen, Hickory Creek, Horseshoe Bend Trails. If you drive past the Cottonwood Patch campground sign, you've gone too far. -Travel on FS 51 for about 5 miles to the trailhead at the end of the road. Note: the East Cowpen Rd makes 2 creek fords which are suitable for cars under normal conditions. Car pooling and caravan opportunities are available. (email Robert at [masked] or Larry at [masked])

  • Wednesday Night Paddle

    Coolidge Park

    • What we'll do We are continuing the traditional Wednesday night social paddles! We will be meeting under the market street bridge between Coolidge and Renaissance Parks. There is a small craft launch ramp there so look for a bunch of paddle boards, kayaks, and canoes at the roundabout under the bridge. I'll usually have my big silver van so look for that. We will do a lap or two around the island and then stop for some refreshments on the shore. Please bring your own drinks and snacks. This is an all ability levels paddle. No racing. Just for fun and camaraderie. All self propelled water craft welcome! ALL PARTICIPANTS ARE ASKED TO SIGN A WAIVER once per season. So please see me before we get going. Boards can be rented for $20 per hour in advance for those who want to bring friends! This includes board, paddle, life jacket, and whistle. See you on the water! • What to bring Please bring all your necessary safety equipment or be prepared to borrow or rent some. Examples of this are PFD (life jacket), Whistle (or other signaling device), Leash (to tether you to your craft), and a 360 degree light if we are on the water after dusk.

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  • Wednesday Night Paddle

    Coolidge Park

    • What we'll do We are continuing the traditional Wednesday night social paddles! We will be meeting under the market street bridge between Coolidge and Renaissance Parks. There is a small craft launch ramp there so look for a bunch of paddle boards, kayaks, and canoes at the roundabout under the bridge. I'll usually have my big silver van so look for that. We will do a lap or two around the island and then stop for some refreshments on the shore. Please bring your own drinks and snacks. This is an all ability levels paddle. No racing. Just for fun and camaraderie. All self propelled water craft welcome! ALL PARTICIPANTS ARE ASKED TO SIGN A WAIVER once per season. So please see me before we get going. Boards can be rented for $20 per hour in advance for those who want to bring friends! This includes board, paddle, life jacket, and whistle. See you on the water! • What to bring Please bring all your necessary safety equipment or be prepared to borrow or rent some. Examples of this are PFD (life jacket), Whistle (or other signaling device), Leash (to tether you to your craft), and a 360 degree light if we are on the water after dusk.

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  • Wednesday Night Paddle

    Coolidge Park

    • What we'll do We are continuing the traditional Wednesday night social paddles! We will be meeting under the market street bridge between Coolidge and Renaissance Parks. There is a small craft launch ramp there so look for a bunch of paddle boards, kayaks, and canoes at the roundabout under the bridge. I'll usually have my big silver van so look for that. We will do a lap or two around the island and then stop for some refreshments on the shore. Please bring your own drinks and snacks. This is an all ability levels paddle. No racing. Just for fun and camaraderie. All self propelled water craft welcome! ALL PARTICIPANTS ARE ASKED TO SIGN A WAIVER once per season. So please see me before we get going. Boards can be rented for $20 per hour in advance for those who want to bring friends! This includes board, paddle, life jacket, and whistle. See you on the water! • What to bring Please bring all your necessary safety equipment or be prepared to borrow or rent some. Examples of this are PFD (life jacket), Whistle (or other signaling device), Leash (to tether you to your craft), and a 360 degree light if we are on the water after dusk.

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  • Wednesday Night Paddle

    Coolidge Park

    • What we'll do We are continuing the traditional Wednesday night social paddles! We will be meeting under the market street bridge between Coolidge and Renaissance Parks. There is a small craft launch ramp there so look for a bunch of paddle boards, kayaks, and canoes at the roundabout under the bridge. I'll usually have my big silver van so look for that. We will do a lap or two around the island and then stop for some refreshments on the shore. Please bring your own drinks and snacks. This is an all ability levels paddle. No racing. Just for fun and camaraderie. All self propelled water craft welcome! ALL PARTICIPANTS ARE ASKED TO SIGN A WAIVER once per season. So please see me before we get going. Boards can be rented for $20 per hour in advance for those who want to bring friends! This includes board, paddle, life jacket, and whistle. See you on the water! • What to bring Please bring all your necessary safety equipment or be prepared to borrow or rent some. Examples of this are PFD (life jacket), Whistle (or other signaling device), Leash (to tether you to your craft), and a 360 degree light if we are on the water after dusk.

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  • Cohutta Wilderness - Horseshoe Bend trail maintenance

    Cohutta Wilderness

    Join our growing volunteer trail force as we tackle maintenance needs on the Horseshoe Bend trail. An effect of the historic 2016 Rough Ridge wildfire has been a profusion of ground vegetation and numerous fallen trees. We will rehab the trail by trimming back trail-side vegetation and removing woody debris and fallen trees (blowdowns). Our moderate hike will total 6-7 round-trip miles. What to Bring? work gloves, sturdy footwear, lunch, 1-2 liters of water, and a daypack to carry it in. Long pants are recommended. Directions: - From Chatsworth, GA (intersection of Hwy 76 & Hwy 411), travel north on Hwy 411 for 11.8 miles to Cisco, GA. -Turn right onto Old Hwy 2, at the Cisco Baptist Church, and go 7.8 miles. -Turn right onto East Cowpen Rd, FS 51. If you drive past the Cottonwood Patch campground sign, you've gone too far. -Travel on FS 51 for 2.8 miles to the trailhead (a large grassy opening) on the left just past the 2nd ford. Note: the East Cowpen Rd makes 2 creek fords which are suitable for cars under normal conditions. Car pooling and caravan opportunities are available. (email Robert at [masked] or Larry at [masked])

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  • Wednesday Night Paddle

    Coolidge Park

    • What we'll do We are continuing the traditional Wednesday night social paddles! We will be meeting under the market street bridge between Coolidge and Renaissance Parks. There is a small craft launch ramp there so look for a bunch of paddle boards, kayaks, and canoes at the roundabout under the bridge. I'll usually have my big silver van so look for that. We will do a lap or two around the island and then stop for some refreshments on the shore. Please bring your own drinks and snacks. This is an all ability levels paddle. No racing. Just for fun and camaraderie. All self propelled water craft welcome! ALL PARTICIPANTS ARE ASKED TO SIGN A WAIVER once per season. So please see me before we get going. Boards can be rented for $20 per hour in advance for those who want to bring friends! This includes board, paddle, life jacket, and whistle. See you on the water! • What to bring Please bring all your necessary safety equipment or be prepared to borrow or rent some. Examples of this are PFD (life jacket), Whistle (or other signaling device), Leash (to tether you to your craft), and a 360 degree light if we are on the water after dusk.

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  • Wednesday Night Paddle

    Coolidge Park

    • What we'll do We are continuing the traditional Wednesday night social paddles! We will be meeting under the market street bridge between Coolidge and Renaissance Parks. There is a small craft launch ramp there so look for a bunch of paddle boards, kayaks, and canoes at the roundabout under the bridge. I'll usually have my big silver van so look for that. We will do a lap or two around the island and then stop for some refreshments on the shore. Please bring your own drinks and snacks. This is an all ability levels paddle. No racing. Just for fun and camaraderie. All self propelled water craft welcome! ALL PARTICIPANTS ARE ASKED TO SIGN A WAIVER once per season. So please see me before we get going. Boards can be rented for $20 per hour in advance for those who want to bring friends! This includes board, paddle, life jacket, and whistle. See you on the water! • What to bring Please bring all your necessary safety equipment or be prepared to borrow or rent some. Examples of this are PFD (life jacket), Whistle (or other signaling device), Leash (to tether you to your craft), and a 360 degree light if we are on the water after dusk.

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