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We will be meeting at the Memphis Visitor Center near the Bass Pro Pyramid at 1 PM, with a planned departure of 1:30 AM, and a planned hike time of 4:00 PM. This should give us a little leeway, if anyone needs a gas stop on the way. We will be meeting at the parking lot for the EAST Summit (there is Additional parking down the street a little ways, if the East lot is full, and also at the Arkansas Arboretum). If you plan on meeting us at the mountain, I suggest putting the arboretum in your GPS. You will pass the East parking lot on your way to the arboretum, just before you cross the railroad tracks. There are two summit routes for Pinnacle Mountain. The more difficult EAST Summit route, and the easier WEST Summit route. Regardless of which route, the resulting summit vista is well worth the climb! Bring a snack to eat at the summit, and don't forget a camera and plenty of water (1 liter min.)! We are only planning to do the EAST summit route this time, which guidebook writer, Tim Ernst, says is the steepest trail in the state. There's nothing scary about this climb, but it IS a real workout. The elevation change from the base to the summit of Pinnacle Mountain is about 725 feet. We will also be descending the EAST route as well. Depending on how hot the hike is, we will probably stop at Shake's Frozen Custard for a cool down afterward. We plan on being back in Memphis by 6 pm (later if the group opts to stop for dinner). Located just west of Little Rock, this natural environment of 2,356 acres was set aside in 1977 as Arkansas's first state park adjoining a major metropolitan area. The park features a diversity of natural habitat, from high upland peaks to bottomlands along the Big Maumelle River and Little Maumelle River, for park visitors to experience. The park's dominant natural feature is Pinnacle Mountain, which rises more than a thousand feet above the Arkansas River Valley. The mountain's cone-shaped peak has long been a central Arkansas landmark.
Join us for Joe Seago's 42nd Birthday hike at Tishomingo State Park. Tishomingo State Park is a public recreation area located in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in Tishomingo County, some 45 miles northeast of Tupelo, Mississippi. The major feature of the park is Bear Creek Canyon and its generous sandstone outcroppings. The park sits at Milepost 304 of Natchez Trace Parkway, a scenic road operated by the National Park Service commemorating the historical Natchez Trace. We will be hiking the CCC Camp trail (3.0 miles) to the Outcropping trail (2.0 miles) where we will eat lunch at the waterfall. From there we will hike the Bear Creek trail (1.5 miles) back to our cars and the starting point for a total of 6.5 miles. All of the trails are moderately trafficked and are rated as moderate. The drive is a little over 2 hours from Memphis, so I suggest we carpool. We will be going southeast into Mississippi. We will meet to carpool at the Collierville Library at 7:00 a.m.. Library address is 501 Poplar View Pkwy Collierville, TN 38017. The park is charging $4.00 per vehicle for a entry fee for day use. The end time on this is just a guesstimate … If you live in MS and want to meet us at the park, we will meet at the visitor center at 9:30. From there we will drive to the trail head near the Pioneer Cabins. I would like to start hiking by 10:00 am.
You've heard about it, now experience it for yourself! The famous Ghost River is waiting for you! Ande, of Blues City Kayak, has put together a tour specifically for The Outdoor Meetup Group. Thank you Ande and Doug for suggesting the event. You must purchase your ticket before signing up to ensure your kayak reservation. The meetup rsvp does not guarantee a hold on your kayak. Click here to purchase your ticket (single and tandem kayaks available): https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-famous-ghost-river-tickets-112124990866 About this Event Join Blues City Kayaks for "The Famous Ghost River" tour! The weather is hot, the water is cool, and we're all ready to get outside and get some fresh air! On this tour you will paddle through five beautiful and distinct ecosyems rich in wildlife: (1) bottomland hardwoods, (2) open shrubby wetlands, 3) cypress-tupelo swamp, (4) open water swamp, and (5) grassy wetland. Single kayak rentals are $65/kayak, which includes a kayak, paddle, life jacket, shuttle service, and guide service. Tandem tandem kayaks are $80 and include an additional paddle and lifejacket. The starting time is listed as 7:30AM, but that is actually the time our shuttle service begins. The tour will begin as close to 8:00AM as possible. Details will be sent upon registration as well as information about what to bring. Due to the nature of this tour unpredictability of the weather, there is a possibility this tour may be cancelled at the last minute due to inclement weather and/or adverse river conditions. Also, mechanical failure and guide illness may cause tour cancellation as well. If this happens you will receive a full refund. What to bring: lunch and snacks (pack extra to prevent a "snickers moment") water bottle (2 might be good) clothes that can get wet shoes that can get wet/muddy sunscreen hat/sunglasses bug spray face mask when we are transported (optional to use on the water)
This is our second in a series of camping “clinics”: Intro to Camping — Primitive. Intro to Camping — Front Country/Car Camping (https://www.meetup.com/MemphisOutdoors/events/269401145/) Intro to Camping — Primitive (https://www.meetup.com/MemphisOutdoors/events/269460998/) Intro to Camping — Backpacking (https://www.meetup.com/MemphisOutdoors/events/269461205/) If you’ve camped before, you are more than welcome to come along, and share your knowledge. In our first “session” we had a “front country” camping weekend at Big Hill Pond SP. Primitive camping is similar to front country camping. Usually, you can still drive to/near the campsite. Instead of real toilets, though, you will find pit toilets. No shower. No camp store. You will need to have everything you plan to use with you. Whenever you are headed out into nature for an extended period it’s a good idea to have the Ten Essentials, which I’ve listed here: https://www.meetup.com/MemphisOutdoors/messages/boards/thread/52701600#[masked] Our primitive campground will be Fort Pillow. Located in the Family Campground are nine primitive campsites (so we’ll share bookings, like we did on our first Into to Camping. There are no electrical or water hookups, but water is close to each site. Each campsite has a grill/campfire pad, a picnic table, lantern holder, and pea gravel for tent set-up. The area consists of a roomy forest setting and two full-service accessible bathhouses. Not as primitive as I had planned, but still a good experience. Please make reservations as soon as possible, since we’ll be camping on a holiday weekend. When you’ve made your reservation, post in comments which site you reserved and if you’re willing to co-op with a fellow camper from the group and split the cost. https://tnstateparks.com/parks/campground/fort-pillow