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We will have a lot of hikes in Middle Tennessee. However we will also do a lot of hiking in the Cumberland Plateau and Cumberland Mountains which are between Nashville and Knoxville and between Nashville and Chattanooga. Most of these hikes will be long day trips but are very awarding hikes.

We will also offer longer hikes that involve overnights. These hikes are from anywhere from the Smoky Mountains to the Rocky Mountains or anywhere there are good hikes that the group would like to hike.

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

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Walls of Jericho - Strenuous Hike on Tennessee/Alabama State Line

Details HIKE STATS: Meeting Time: 7:00 AM Meeting Place: Steak 'n Shake Hickory Hollow Estimated Drive Time One Way: 1.5 - 2 hours Hike Distance: 7 miles Estimated Hike Time: 6 hours Difficulty: Strenuous (https://www.meetup.com/nashville-hiking/pages/1426385/Hike_Rating_System/) Trip Leader: S.S. Klein Well behaved dogs on leashes welcomed Join your hiking buds for a strenuous hike exploring the headwaters of the Paint Rock River. The 3.5-mile trail descends steeply into the Walls of Jericho natural amphitheater, crossing many creeks and streams. We will have lunch at the base of the gorge before climbing the 3.5 miles back to the cars. This is not an easy hike. Be prepared for mud, slippery spots, and many wet crossings. Do not attempt this hike if you are unsteady on your feet or are not in good shape. Bring good hiking boots, trekking poles if you have 'em, lunch/snacks, your camera, and plenty of water. We'll meet at Steak 'n Shake and carpool from there. Be sure to offer gas money to your carpool driver. Also I recommend you pack water shoes or sandals to change into to make the last creek crossing. We'll change out of our boots into water shoes, then change back after we come back over Turkey Creek. Two resources on Walls of Jericho: Kelly's GPS map from Backpacker Magazine site: http://my.viewranger.com/route/details/103048 State Natural Area page: https://www.tn.gov/environment/program-areas/na-natural-areas/natural-areas-middle-region/middle-region/na-na-walls-of-jericho.html Alabama TRAILHEAD: DIRECTIONS: From Nashville take I-24 east toward Chattanooga. Take exit 127 on Highway 64 and turn right toward Winchester (do not miss this exit or you'll be stuck heading up Monteagle!). Stay on Highway 64 for about 15 miles and turn south on Hwy 16 and go 18 miles to the trailhead on the Alabama side. The Alabama trailhead is approximately two miles south of the Tennessee trailhead and one mile south of the state line. I am going to do this as an IN/OUT hike from the AL trailhead. It will still be about 7mi and may be even more strenuous as the descent is greater on the AL side; however, that trail side, right now, is better maintained as there is more foot traffic from that trailhead. We will still meet at the carpool location at 7am and those meeting at the hike should park at the AL trailhead by 9:00am (please allow a 15min buffer for the carpoolers), it’s a couple miles down the road from the TN one. Standard Notice: 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 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 outdoor activities can be dangerous and can cause serious bodily injury and possibly death. The organizers of this group and current and former members can not 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 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 claim arising out of or related to this Meetup event against the organizers of this Meetup group.

Max Patch and Hen Wallow Falls in the Smoky Mountains

Let's hike Max Patch and Hen Wallow Falls we will hike from Brown's Gap to Max Patch on the AT this is a 7 mile round trip Max Patch is a bald mountain with breathtaking 360 degree views of the surrounding mountains. This is a 4,600-foot mountain. On a clear day, you can see Mt. Mitchell on the east to the Great Smoky Mountains on the south. Max Patch is part of the Pisgah National Forest https://www.romanticasheville.com/max-patch View Ranger link of the trial https://bit.ly/2scnqa6 On Saturday we will hike the 4.4 mile Hen Wallow Falls trail in the Cosby area on the way to the Link to trail information http://www.hikinginthesmokys.com/hen_wallow_falls.htm We will leave the Comfort Inn Newport Sunday at 8am Eastern Time to hike Max Patch Lodging: I will be staying Saturday night March 8 at the Comfort Inn 1149 Smokey Mountain Lane, Newport, TN, 37821, US Phone: (520)[masked] Website https://bit.ly/2BCOioG We will leave the Comfort Inn at 8am on Sunday March 9 to hike Max Patch We will hike Hen Wallow on the way to the hotel arund 1pm Central 2pm Eastern time Carpool: The Home Depot 955 S Hartmann Dr, Lebanon, TN 37087 at 8am Central Time 9am Eastern Time Google link to the hotel https://goo.gl/maps/ucX3N7cDR632 Standard Notice: 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 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 outdoor activities can be dangerous and can cause serious bodily injury and possibly death. The organizers of this group and current and former members can not 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 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 claim arising out of or related to this Meetup event against the organizers of this Meetup group.

Fontanel Hike then lunch at Cafe Fontanella

The Fontanel Mansion and Farm

The Fontanel Mansion also known as the "Fontanel Complex" is located north of Nashville. The 186 acres of property is home to the Carl Black Chevy Woods Amphitheater, Adventureworks Ziplines, public walking trails, a winery, Cafe Fontanella, Stone House Gift Shoppe, and a Bed and Breakfast. Only minutes from downtown Nashville but miles from ordinary, The Fontanel Mansion is a 27,000 square foot log home formerly owned by Country Music Hall of Fame® member Barbara Mandrell. We will hike the greenway for approximately 1 mile then the 2.5 mile loop around the mansion, then eat at Cafe Fontanella after the adventure. Bring water, snack - tennis shoes can be worn- trail is easy to moderate. this is a dog friendly trail.

New Moon at Pickett State Park and Pogue Canyon Weekend

Pickett State Park

Let's check out the night sky on the new moon weekend at Pickett state park. Bring binoculars or a telescope for great night viewing We will try to check out the night sky on Friday and Saturday Night Pickett was the first state park in the southeast to be listed as a certified dark sky viewing location! On May 12, 2015, Pickett State Park and Pogue Creek Canyon State Natural Area were named a Silver-tier International Dark Sky Park for their commitment to preserving the natural beauty of the night sky. The combined property will be known as Pickett-Pogue International Dark Sky Park. We will plan to hike on Saturday and Sunday Let's plan on a hiking weekend around Pickett State Park area. We will stay Friday and Saturday nights at cabins in Pickett State Park. Suggested Hikes On Saturday we will hike through the Pogue Creek Canyon State Natural Area back into Pickett State Park. We will hike Moccasin Rock Trail and part of Ridge Trail and Lake View Trail coming back from Pogue Creek Canyon. This hike should be be around 6.5-7 miles. We can also hike several smaller trails in Pickett including Natural Bridge Trail, Hazard Cave Trail, Lake Trail, Ladder Trail, and Bluff Trail. If we do all those it will add 5.85 miles to the day's hike giving us around 13 miles. On Sunday we will hike Hidden Passage Trail and Double Falls Trail in Pickett State Park that is 9-10 miles or Twin Arches hike Lodging: There are several cabins you can rent at the link below https://tnstateparks.itinio.com/pickett/cabins I am in cabin number 19 that is a 3 bedroom cabin the total is $301.00 Let me know if want to share the cabin with us. We will split the[masked] by the number we have in the cabin. Others may want to rent a cabin and do the same. Important be sure to check out the cancellation policy before booking a cabin. This should be a fun weekend with arches, rock houses, and views Links: https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/tennessee/hazard-cave-and-natural-bridge-trail https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/tennessee/twin-arches-loop-trail https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/tennessee/hidden-passage-trail Maps: http://tnstateparks.com/assets/pdf/additional-content/park-maps/pickett-park-map.pdf http://tnstateparks.com/assets/pdf/additional-content/Pogue_Creek_Canyon_Trail_Map_2017.pdf Standard Notice: 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 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 outdoor activities can be dangerous and can cause serious bodily injury and possibly death. The organizers of this group and current and former members can not 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 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 claim arising out of or related to this Meetup event against the organizers of this Meetup group.

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