The Cherokee Hiking Club is located in Southeast Tennessee with most members coming from the Cleveland area. The club focuses on hikes primarily in the southern part of the Cherokee National Forest, but some hikes also take members to the mountains of Southwest North Carolina and North Georgia as well as trails on the Cumberland Plateau. The club also sponsors bike and canoe trips and many members volunteer hundreds of hours each year maintaining local trails. Dogs are generally permitted on club hikes provided they are well mannered and kept on leash.
We strongly encourage all Meetup members who hike with us regularly to join the club. Dues are only $15 annually per family. We are open to members of all ages who enjoy a down-home family atmosphere. We hold a monthly meeting on the second Thursday of each month, at either a local restaurant, a member home or an outdoor picnic area when the weather permits. A pot luck or restaurant dinner is enjoyed after each meeting, and often an informative presentation of some kind. If you are interested in joining, please download a membership form from http://cherokeehikingclub.org/membershipform.pdf , fill it out and send it in with your dues in check form (made out to the Cherokee Hiking Club) to 198 Crews Drive, Benton TN 37307.
JANUARY 21, 2019 MONDAY PINEY RIVER
Hike in and back portion of the trail, between 5 to 8 miles, depending on the group. Bring a lunch, water and wear sturdy hiking boots. Moderately strenuous. Meet at the Park and Ride next to the Mapco/BP station on Hwy 60 at the Exit 25, I-75/Hwy 60 interchange. Hike Leader Jack Callahan,[masked], [masked].
FEBRUARY 1, 2019, FRIDAY DAY HIKES IN AND AROUND THE OCOEE WHITEWATER CENTER ON US 64
Hikes from the Whitewater Center every Friday for the next few months. Hikes will depend on the weather and the group preferences on each day. Hikes may include but not limited to, the Rhododendron Trail, portions of the Bear Paw trail complex, the Old Copper Road. Meet Mike at the parking lot at the lower end of the whitewater course adjacent to the bridge which provides access to the picnic area across the river. Hikes will begin at ten am and may last for a few hours. Bring a lunch and water and hiking boots. Hike Leader Mike Friedman,[masked] or michael[masked]@aol.com. Contact Mike before each Friday to discuss which hike will be preferred.
FEBRUARY 2, 2019 SATURDAY ROCK CREEK DRY POND LEAD
7.5 miles, moderately strenuous to strenuous, with one stream crossing. Car shuttle from Thunder Rock Trailhead to Rock Creek trailhead. Meet at 8:30 am at Hardees Ocoee on Hwy 411 parking in back, or at Thunder Rock trailhead parking behind Powerhouse #3 at 9 am. Lunch, water, and hiking shoes and be prepared to wade stream. Hike Leader Randy Morris,[masked] or [masked].