What we're about

This Meetup group will give us a chance to meet and hike with our fellow hikers from Nashville and Chattanooga as we will do a lot of hiking in the Cumberland Plateau and Cumberland Mountains which are between Knoxville, Nashville and Chattanooga. Most of these hikes will be long day trips but are very awarding hikes.

We will also do hikes in the Smoky Mountains as well as longer hikes that involve overnights. These hikes are from anywhere from from Red River gorge to the Rocky Mountains or anywhere there are good hikes that the group would like to hike.

We will try to plan to go to different National Parks across the country on hiking trips.

In addition to hiking we will be open to all kinds of outdoor activities from kayaking, biking, horseback riding, sitting around a fire, camping, caving, having a picnic, listening to live music outside, rock climbing or pretty much anything that is outdoors. We may also have some social activities as well such as dinners or other activities that will help us all get to know each other.

We are always looking for people who are will to host meetups and I am always willing to help you organize your first few meetup events so let me know if you would like to be an Event Organizer

Upcoming events (4+)

Lula Lake Land Trust 6.1 Mile Hike

Lula Lake Land Trust

This will be a scouting hike as I have not done this hike before.

Let's plan to go to Lula Lake Land Trust in Lookout Mountain GA

Lula Lake Land Trust is only open to the public a couple of times a month and there is a charge of $16.00+a $2.91 fee. (the 16.00 is
refundable up to 48 hours before the date the$2.91 is not refundable)

That price is per car and you do have to make a reservation ahead of time. SO PLEASE CARPOOL AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE.

Lula Lake is on Eastern Time so please reserve the 11am-12noon arrival time slot. WE WILL MEET IN THE PARKING LOT AT 11AM EASTERN OR 10AM CENTRAL TIME.

We will hike The

Adventure Loop (6.1 miles) +825ft in elevation

Difficulty – MODERATE
Typical time spent: 3-5 hrs
Directions: From the parking lot, hike down the gravel road for 0.5 miles until you reach the meadow. Cross the foot bridge and take a right on South Creek, straight on Homestead, right on Turkey, left on Bluff, Straight on High Adventure, right on Gravel Road, left on Lula Falls, left on Old Falls, right on Gravel Road, left on Connector, right on North Creek, right on Ford, left on Gravel Road. What to expect: The same views as the Classic but add a bit more adventure.

Here is the link to get your parking pass for Lula Lake 11am is what you want to get.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/open-gate-day-saturday-march-25th-tickets-507763844327

Lula Lake website

https://www.lulalake.org/visit.html

Trail Map

After the hike we can get dinner in Chattanooga.

Standard Notice: Disclaimer
Meetup organizers/ leaders are not guides. Expect the same risks and take the same precautions as if you were hiking alone. You are solely responsible for your own safety and well-being.
By signing up for and/or attending this Meetup event, you acknowledge, understand, accept, and agree that hiking and other activities can be dangerous and can cause serious bodily injury and possible death. The organizers of this group and current and former members cannot be held responsible or liable in any way for the actions of any participant- including you-at any event. All attendees participate at an event at their own rick and are solely responsible for any damage to their property, and/or any injury to themselves or their guests. By signing up for this event, you affirm that you understand this disclaimer and that you knowingly and voluntarily agree not to bring any type of claim arising out of or related to this Meetup event against the organizers of this Meetup group.

**Covid-19 is still out there and spreading. So, PLEASE be respectful and follow all guidelines to stay safe and keep others safe and virus free. If you feel you, have it and/or may be asymptomatic, please stay home and take care of yourself. if you are virus free, let's hike.

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Savage Gulf Backpacking Trip

Savage Gulf State Park

Let head back to Savage Gulf this year for a fun trip with lots of views and waterfalls to see.
This trip will be limited because of the overnight camping. We have 3 sites reserved with 6 per site.
*Important:
To get your spot, joining the waitlist and I will send you the information as to how to reimburse me for your spot. The cost is $5 per person.
Remember, Venmo charges a fee if you don't select non purchase.
Venmo to;
Rob Lemons@Robert-Lemons-900

Saturday:
Meet by 9:31am at the Savage Gulf Trailhead Ranger Station. Then shuttle over to the Collins West Trailhead to start our adventure.
We will go 6.34 miles with 682' of gain to camp. On the way we will go to the Collins River Bridge and visit a moonshine still remnants before backtracking and making a stop at Suter Falls. Then hiking the rim to see Horsepound Falls and great views into the gorge. We will make a stop at Schwoon Springs and on to our campsite.
After setting up camp, those that want can make the 4-mile round trip to the Stone Door. A very neat set of steps between two high rocks, very cool.
Sunday:
We will start our 8.09-mile hike out with 1,362' of gain along the South Rim. More great views down into the Gorge. There's even another waterfall, (Savage Falls) to see and a couple swinging bridges to cross as we head back to some of our vehicles at the Ranger Station.

Map of the trip:
https://www.alltrails.com/explore/map/map-march-10-2023-9dcb88e?u=i&sh=kfux92

Standard Notice, Disclaimer:
Meetup organizers/ leaders are not guides. Expect the same risks and take the same precautions you would take if you were hiking alone. You are solely responsible for you own safety and well-being. By signing up for this and/or attending this Meetup event, you acknowledge, understand, accept, and agree that hiking and other activities can be dangerous and can cause serious bodily injury and possible death. The organizers of this group and current and former members cannot be held responsible or liable in any way for the actions of any participant-including you- at ant event. All attendees participate at an event at their own risk and are solely responsible for any damage to their property, and/or any injury to themselves or their guests. By signing up for this event, you affirm that you understand this disclaimer and that you knowingly and voluntarily agree not to bring any type of a claim arising out of or related to this Meetup event against the organizers of this Meetup group.
**Covid-19 is still out there and spreading. So, PLEASE be respectful and follow all guidelines to stay safe and keep others safe and virus free. If you feel you have it and/or may be asymptomatic, please stay home and take care of yourself. If you are virus free, let's hike.

Georgia On My Mind; AT- Woody Gap to Neels Gap

Byron Reece Trailhead Parking

The Adventure:
Georgia on my mind...
Let's go to Georgia and hike more of the Appalachian Trail from Woody Gap to Neels Gap.
This is a +/- 12-mile track with around 2,400 ft of gain.

*We will need to shuttle from the Neels Gap area to Woody Gap to start our hike.

**Posting this now some you came get a cabin or campsite in the area if you wish to do so.

I have reserved campsite 78 at Vogel State Park for myself. Friday the 19th-Sunday the 21st.

** The 'Above the Clouds' Hostel is in this area too. Some of us have stayed there in the past. It's a great option for a place to stay with meals includes.

76 miles of the AT is in Georgia. This will be one of several trips to hike the rest of those miles this year.

map: https://www.alltrails.com/explore/map/map-january-10-2022-8-43-pm-bc3ea21?u=i
*We are only doing the red part of this map. Woody Gap to Neels Gap.

I will be camping in Vogul State Park for this weekend.

Standard Notice: Disclaimer
Meetup organizers/ leaders are not guides. Expect the same risks and take the same precautions as if you were hiking alone. You are solely responsible for your own safety and well-being.
By signing up for and/or attending this Meetup event, you acknowledge, understand, accept, and agree that hiking and other activities can be dangerous and can cause serious bodily injury and possible death. The organizers of this group and current and former members cannot be held responsible or liable in any way for the actions of any participant- including you-at any event. All attendees participate at an event at their own rick and are solely responsible for any damage to their property, and/or any injury to themselves or their guests. By signing up for this event, you affirm that you understand this disclaimer and that you knowingly and voluntarily agree not to bring any type of claim arising out of or related to this Meetup event against the organizers of this Meetup group.

**Covid-19 is still out there and spreading. So, PLEASE be respectful and follow all guidelines to stay safe and keep others safe and virus free. If you feel you, have it and/or may be asymptomatic, please stay home and take care of yourself. if you are virus free, let's hike.

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Hiking Trip in Gros Morne National Park Newfoundland Canada

Gros Morne National Park Of Canada

Let's plan to do a hiking trip at Gros Morne National Park in Newfoundland Canada

*****ATTN A PASSPORT IS NEEDED TO GO TO CANADA*****

I was researching areas to do hiking trips and I discover Gros Morne and have been blown away.

Check out these links to see more about the area.

https://www.newfoundlandlabrador.com/top-destinations/gros-morne

https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/nl/grosmorne

Youtube links

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FiS4u98Scx8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0iccAyLgZ1c

We will plan to hike to a overlooks of Fjords, Hike on the the earth's Mantel, Hike to waterfalls and do a boat tour in the Fjords. plus much more.
Also we will try to have a cookout or some get together that all of us can hang out together at least one time during the week.

SUGGESTED HIKES

Monday

We will plan to do a two hour boat tour down Western Brook Pond which will give us great views from the fjord

Here is the link to the boat tour to get tickets they are $72.00

https://bontours.ca/tour-item/western-brook-pond/

After the tour we will plan to hike Baker's Brook Fall Trail, Little Pond and Moose Exclosure Loop Trail 6.4 miles listed as easy.

https://www.alltrails.com/explore/trail/canada/newfoundland-and-labrador/baker-s-brook-fall-trail-little-pond-and-moose-exclosure-loop

Tuesday

On Tuesday we will be hiking on the Earth's Mantle on the Tablelands hike. There are two options to choose from.

We will hike The Tablelands Off Trail Loop 7.3 miles listed as hard
https://www.alltrails.com/explore/trail/canada/newfoundland-and-labrador/tablelands-off-trail-loop

Or for those who want to you can do the 4.8 mile Tablelands trail the trail is listed as easy.

https://www.alltrails.com/trail/canada/newfoundland-and-labrador/tablelands-trail?u=i

Wednesday

On Wednesday we will hike the Green Gardens trail which is a 7 mile moderate hike.

https://www.alltrails.com/trail/canada/newfoundland-and-labrador/green-gardens-trail?u=i

Thursday
Is an off day for everyone to explore on their own

Friday

Friday is the first day that Gros Morne Mountain Trail will be open
It is an 11.3 mile trail and is listed as hard.

https://www.alltrails.com/trail/canada/newfoundland-and-labrador/gros-morne-mountain-trail?u=i

Saturday

We will hike Lookout Trail it is a 3.4 mile moderate hike. (I thought we may need a easier day after the big Friday hike.

https://www.alltrails.com/trail/canada/newfoundland-and-labrador/lookout-trail?u=i

As always these are just suggested hikes and depending on the forecast we may have to change there around.

ALSO we will have a lot of daylight this far north in June so we can add more things to do. There are some companies that rent kayaks.

Here are some other websites that may have things of interest.

https://wildgrosmorne.com/?utm_source=GMB&utm_medium=organic&utm_campaign=gmb-website

https://www.exploregrosmorne.com/

https://www.tourgrosmorne.com/

https://grosmorneoutdoor.ca/

Getting there:

If you are flying the main airport is St Johns NL airport code YYT. There is a smaller airport at Deer Lake airport code YDF.

I know that Air Canada fly's into Nashville BNA therefore we seem to have better rates our of here then some cities do.

If you don't live in Nashville and want to fly out of here we try to find a place for you to park please let me know with ample time to work on that.

If Driving you will need to take the ferry from North Sydney, NS to Port Aux Basques, NL

https://www.marineatlantic.ca/sailing-information/sailing-routes

I will be driving and may post some other meetups in Nova Scotia a little later.

Lodging:

Airbnb http://bit.ly/3UdcjsC

Vrbo http://bit.ly/3Ww3LyR

Booking.com https://bit.ly/3NEs5u6

I renting a house on Vrbo I do encourage everyone to get with others you know are going and book a house ASAP.

Standard Notice: Disclaimer
Meetup organizers/ leaders are not guides. Expect the same risks and take the same precautions you would if you were hiking alone. You are solely responsible for you own safety and well-being.
By signing up for/ attending this Meetup event, you acknowledge, understand, accept, and agree that hiking and other activities can be dangerous and can cause serious bodily injury and possible death. The organizers of this group and current and former members cannot be held responsible or liable in any way for the actions of any participant at any event. By signing up, you affirm that you understand this disclaimer. You knowingly and voluntarily agree not to bring any type of claim arising out of or related to this meetup event against the organizers of this meetup group.

**Covid-19 is still out there and spreading. So, PLEASE be respectful and follow all guidelines to stay safe and keep others safe and virus free. If you feel you have it and/or may be asymptomatic, please stay home and take care of yourself. if you are virus free, let's hike.

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Past events (282)

AT; Stecoah Gap to Fontana Dam

Fontana Dam

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