• Overnight Backpack: Hobbs Cabin, South Cumberland SP
    Let's explore the Savage Gulf area of South Cumberland State Park with an overnight trip to Hobbs Cabin. One of our members secured a reservation for this hard-to-get site....thanks Cameron! We'll meet at the Savage Gulf ranger's station at 10:00 am Saturday morning and hike the Savage Day Loop to the North Rim trail to Hobbs Cabin. This hike will be approx. 9 miles. Sunday, we'll hike back down the North Rim Trail and take the other leg of the Savage Day Loop back to our vehicles. Total trip mileage will be approx. 18. Cabin spots are $6.00 per person to cover the reservation fee. Cabin accommodations include wood bunks and fireplace. There are also tent sites available that would have to reserved and paid for through the park website. If the cabin portion of the trip fills, anyone is welcome to reserve a tent site and join the group. This hike is for experienced backpackers or conditioned beginners familiar with the mileage involved. If I haven't hiked with you previously, please send me a Meetup message with your phone number when you rsvp for this trip. If I don't receive your contact info when you sign up, your spot will go to the next person on the wait list. There is a one guest limit per signed up member. This is a dog friendly trip....feel free to bring your pups. If you have any questions about this hike, please let me know. My phone number is[masked]. Please RSVP with integrity.

    Savage Gulf Ranger Station

    State Hwy 111 · Palmer, TN

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  • Early Winter Mountain Expedition
    Are you a hardy winter backpacker? As of now the mountains are tracking to get a foot or more of snow this weekend. If you're up to the challenge of trekking through 1-2 feet of snow with possible blizzard conditions (high winds + snow) then let's go. The snow is predicted to start late Friday night, so let's hightail it out of Nashville friday after work and night-hike in a couple miles to set up camp. We'll probably wake up to snowy wonderland in the morning and it will likely snow all day and not let up until Sunday. Location will be based on snow predictions and probably be as near to a main road as possible. We'll try to park at lower elevation and then climb up by foot. Expect 2-3k feet of elevation gain and something around 15 miles of hiking. I'm open to locations, but I'm thinking GSMNP, Western NC, etc. I only have a small car so if you're willing to drive and have something more substantial (4x4) etc, that would be awesome if you can drive. I'm also able to get Monday off, in case those that can go are interested in extending. This trip is weather dependent - predictions can be way off. The weather could be really nasty and only experienced backpackers with winter gear should sign up.

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    Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Park Headquarters Road · Gatlinburg, TN

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  • 3 Day Orienteering/Off-Trail Backpack, Daniel Boone National Forest
    Let's skip the Black Friday madness and instead, participate in the #OptOutside movement over Thanksgiving weekend. Beaver Creek Wilderness in Daniel Boone National Forest is a great area to work on off-trail navigating. We'll work together to plan a route from a topo map of the area, then attempt to hike that route over 3 days. We'll meet Friday morning at 11:30 am central at the parking lot near the Three Forks of Beaver Overlook (see map pin). If I haven't hiked with you previously, please send me a Meetup message with your phone number when you rsvp for this trip. If I don't receive your contact info when you sign up, your spot will go to the next person on the wait list. There is a one guest limit per signed up member. This is a dog friendly trip....feel free to bring your pups. If you have any questions about this hike, please let me know. My phone number is[masked]. Please RSVP with integrity. https://www.rei.com/opt-outside https://www.wilderness.net/NWPS/wildView?WID=32&tab=General https://www.topozone.com/kentucky/mccreary-ky/park/beaver-creek-wildlife-management-area/

    Beaver Creek Wilderness Area, Daniel Boone National Forest

    Bowman Ridge Road · Parkers Lake, ky

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  • We thru-hiked California's John Muir Trail
    (NOTE: You must RSVP on REI's site. Link below.) This year, two NB members won their "Golden Ticket" (i.e., lottery-based permit) to thru-hike the John Muir Trail in California. From August 28 to September 21, Raymond Myers and Neal Caldwell backpacked over 240 miles from Happy Isles in Yosemite National Park to the summit of Mount Whitney. Over this 25-day trek, they often hiked above 10,000' elevation and ended with Mount Whitney's grand finale at 14,500' elevation (the tallest point in the continental United States). The trail was hard, the views were awesome! The weather was super, the people were wonderful! Come hear about their journey as they share photos of the JMT's famous landmarks including Half Dome, Devil's Postpile, Evolution Creek, Red's Meadow, Muir Trail Ranch, the ten "passes" they climbed, and beautiful lakes and tarns. Raymond and Neal are happy to discuss food, travel, hiking, camping, wildlife, weather, and logistics and to answer the questions you might have about hiking the John Muir Trail. NOTE: This is officially an REI class presentation. It's free to attend, but you must RSVP on the REI website (not here on Meetup) at https://www.rei.com/events/89795/we-thru-hiked-californias-john-muir-trail?previousLocation=37220&course.session.anyLocation=25.000000~[masked]~[masked];geo_r You MAY be able to "show up" and see if there are any spots available, but we highly recommend RSVP'ing online in advance.

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    REI

    261 Franklin Road · Brentwood, TN

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  • Report on Thru-Hiking California's John Muir Trail
    A California John Muir Trail Thru-Hike Presentation by Raymond and Neal, two of our Organizers. They started in Yosemite Valley on August 28 and finished on 14,505' Mt. Whitney on September 21, hiking over 240 miles total. Besides sharing some amazing photos, they'll be happy to answer your questions. (This Presentation will be repeated on Thursday night on behalf of REI. If you'd like to attend on Thursday also/instead, feel free, but you must register for that separate/duplicate presentation on the REI website.) DINNER: Next door to REI at the new Jason's Deli (in the old Ruby Tuesday bldg.) at 6:00. Ask for the "hiking" group if you can't find us. PLEASE DO NOT RSVP merely to say "no." It fills up the organizers' inboxes with needless, irrelevant emails. Thanks! We appreciate your help!

    REI

    261 Franklin Road · Brentwood, TN

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  • Big South Fork
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  • Fall Colors Hike: Frozen Head State Park
    Let's head to Frozen Head to check out the peak fall colors! I'm going to break this trip into two trail options with differing lengths for the Saturday hike to the Squire Knob campsite that I have reserved for Saturday night. Both routes will have an elevation gain of approx. 1600'. Option #1: We'll meet at the Old Mac trailhead at 10:00 am central. We'll hike the Flat Fork Creek Trail to the Ross Gap Trail, then to the Cumberland Trail. We'll hike the Cumberland Trail along Bird Mountain with a stop to check out Castle Rock, then connect with the Lookout Tower Trail and on to the campsite. This route will be approx. 8 miles (plus 3 miles round trip to the spring). Option #2: We'll meet at the Big Cove overnight parking lot at 11:30 am central. We'll take the Lookout Tower Trail straight to the campsite. This route will be approx. 5 miles. (plus 3 miles round trip to the spring) Sunday morning, we'll hike to the lookout tower on Frozen Head Mountain and enjoy 360 degree views of fall color. We'll hike down South Old Mac to return to our vehicles. Approx. 6.5 miles There is not a water source at the campsite unless the drainages are running along the jeep trail. We'll need to plan on hiking our water in or heading to Coffin Spring once we get to camp....about 1.5 miles each way. This hike is for experienced backpackers or conditioned beginners familiar with the elevation gain involved. If I haven't hiked with you previously, please send me a Meetup message with your phone number when you rsvp for this trip. If I don't receive your contact info when you sign up, your spot will go to the next person on the wait list. There is a one guest limit per signed up member This is a dog friendly trip....feel free to bring your pups. If you have any questions about this hike, please let me know. My phone number is[masked]. Please RSVP with integrity.

    Frozen Head State Park

    964 Flat Fork Road · Wartburg, TN

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  • AT , winding stair gap, NC to Fontana dam.
    Hiking the AT from winding stair gap to fontana dam (54.7 miles). I am currently planning to use a shuttle from Fontana dam to winding stair gap. First day to siler bald (4 miles) for sunset/stargaze/sunrise. 5 more days averaging 10 miles a day. Stopping at the NOC on Halloween night! Finish up on day 6, November 3 tentatively. Should be challenging for sure with some summits at about 5k feet. Day 4 out of the NOC to Cheoah Bald will be 3325 feet over 9 miles. Yikes! That being said, Im really excited about this section. Anyone is welcome as long as you can do it. All the way or part way. If you feel up to the challenge then send me your info and we can work out travel logistics.

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    Winding Stair Gap Parking

    Murphy Road · Franklin, NC

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  • Beginner or Advanced Overnight Trip: Rock Creek Loop at Big South Fork NRRA
    ***Please read the entire trip description before signing up*** I have decided to take a second group in order to get more folks in the wilds! We will shadow Davids group and if anyone wants to do the long hike, you are welcome to. This easy to moderate 7.1 mile loop follows Rock Creek for part of its distance. It overlaps parts of the John Muir and Sheltowee Trace Trails. The trail also follows part of the old Stearns Logging Railroad along Massey Branch. We'll meet at the Rock Creek trail head at 1:00 pm central on Saturday. This is about a 2.5 hour drive from Nashville. The beginner hike will do roughly 3.25 miles Saturday morning and camp along Rock Creek. We'll complete the remainder of the loop to hike out Sunday morning. This is a fairly easy loop with one stretch of about 400' of elevation gain. This is a great trip for beginners, but all are welcome. For those carpooling for this option, we'll meet at the Kroger parking lot in Hermitage on Old Hickory Blvd, at 8:00 am central. We'll stop at Beaty's Wildwood Grocery and Restaurant (2880 Pickett Park Hwy, Jamestown, TN 38556) by 11:00 and grab lunch, then head to the trailhead. Longer Hike Option: For those who are interested in a more challenging hike, Rob Holt is going to lead an alternate route of more mileage and elevation change, then we'll all regroup at the same campsite. For the longer hike we'll meet at the Pickett State Park visitor center parking lot at 11:00 am central. https://tnstateparks.com/assets/pdf/additional-content/park-maps/pickett-park-map.pdf For the longer hike, we will make our way to the Hidden Trail trailhead and hike up to the John Muir Trail (approx 5.5 miles) on the eastern portion of the loop. We will continue east on the John Muir for a mile to the intersection with the Rock Creek loop. Will continue clockwise and on the John Muir to the campsite for another 2.5 miles where we'll meet up with the rest of the group. Sunday we'll travel with the group back to the Rock Creek trailhead and graciously bum rides back over to our cars at Pickett. When you contact David please specify whether you're interested in the longer hike. Please feel free to send RWHolt a note as well. If I haven't hiked with you previously, please send me a Meetup message with your phone number when you rsvp for this trip. If I don't receive your contact info when you sign up, your spot will go to the next person on the wait list. There is a one guest limit per signed up member This is a dog friendly trip....feel free to bring your pups. If you have any questions about this hike, please let me know. My phone number is[masked]. Please RSVP with integrity. We are shadowing the first group that David has organized. We will camp at another site close by on the rock creek banks. https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/tennessee/rock-creek-loop (https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/tennessee/rock-creek-loop) https://www.nps.gov/biso/planyourvisit/tntrails.htm (https://www.nps.gov/biso/planyourvisit/tntrails.htm)

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