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Beginner or Advanced Overnight Trip: Rock Creek Loop at Big South Fork
***Please read the entire trip description before signing up*** 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 1:30 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 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. https://tnstateparks.com/assets/pdf/additional-content/park-maps/pickett-park-map.pdf 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 waitlist. For those who'd like to eat on the drive over, we'll stop for lunch around 12:00 pm central at Beaty's Wildwood Grocery and Restaurant (2880 Pickett Park Hwy, Jamestown, TN 38556). 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.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)

Big South Fork NRRA

Divide Road · Jamestown, TN

Respond by: 5/4/2018
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Meet others in Nashville, middle Tennessee, and beyond, interested in backpacking. At regular monthly meetings at REI we discuss trails, equipment, tents, hammocks, packs, stoves, cameras and photography, clothing, weather, wildlife, first aid, food, recipes, etc., and find fellow hikers to take trips with. Our hikes are multi-day events that require a great deal of work by hike organizers. PLEASE RSVP WITH INTEGRITY; if you can't do that, this might not be the Meetup group for you.

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