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TN/NC BMTA Work Trip - Section 17d along Cherohala Skyway
Please join us on Saturday, August 25 as we work section 17d of the lovely Benton MacKaye Trail. This section parallels the Cherohala Skyway for most of its three mile run near the Tennessee/North Carolina state line. 17d is best worked by two teams working from each end toward the North River Rd crossing -- the approximate middle of the section. With good turnout, we should have this 'puppy' licked by 2:00 -- just in time for refreshments -- or something more -- in nearby Telico Plains (home of Buckets and Brews). Plan on meeting at the Cherohala Visitor Center in Telico Plains at 8:30 or at the Unicoi Crest Overlook near Beech Gap at 9:00. (The Georgia Gang will be meeting at the Home Depot in Blue Ridge at 7:15, and will car pool to Telico Plains). Over a year ago, at the last work event on 17d, just beyond the trail crossing of North River Rd, we walked to the grave of an unknown man who Ken Jones reported was killed by the Kirkland Bushwhackers. The Bushwhackers were one of the most notorious gangs of the Civil War era. Made up mostly of deserters, the Kirkland Gang robbed and even killed many families whose men were away fighting in the war. John Jackson Kirkland was never tried for his crimes, which included killing infants. Lawmen said it would be 'suicide to cross his property line in pursuit.' He died in 1902 of natural causes -- a truly vile human being. Ed and Clare Sullivan will again be helping to lead this event. Please give them your support by pitching in to clear these three miles of trail. We'll need two teams of sawyers and plenty of Brush-whackers! As always, an RSVP is helpful so we can plan for tools, hardhats, etc.


225 Cherohala Skyway · Tellico Plains, TN

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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 , 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.

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