Winter time is a great time to enjoy the scenic Fiery Gizzard (Map of Fiery Gizzard).
MEETUP Time @ 1st CARPOOL LOCATION 7:30 am (CT): Steak N Shake parking lot in Antioch, off I-24 Bell Road Exit #59.
MEETUP Time @ 2nd CARPOOL LOCATION 8:05 am (CT): Cracker Barrel parking lot in Murfreesboro, off I-24 Exit #81B.
HIKE DISTANCE : Fiery Gizzard: 9 miles.
DIFFICULTY RATING : Strenuous hike, due to uphill climbs and distance. Some brief off-trail detours.
DRIVE TIME: ~1 HR one way from the 2nd carpool to Tracy City. Should be at the Grundy Forest State Park trail head between 9:15 and 9:30am (CT).
ACTIVITY TIME : Approximately 6.0 hours on the trail.
DIRECTIONS: To Grundy Forest State Park. GPS [masked],[masked]
COST: $1 donation to the Organizer to help pay the Meetup fees for our site.
Fiery Gizzard is one of the most beautiful areas in the South Cumberland State Park area. Perhaps we will see long icicles or frozen whirlpools?
Agenda calls for taking the rocky path UP to Raven Point and the eastern ridgeline DOWN. If you have never done this trail before, be aware that the rocks "move" in the boulder field. Caution should be exercised and proper hiking footwear should be worn to avoid twisted ankles, jammed knees and a generally scraped up body. The overlook at Raven Point is worth the effort.
Please offer your carpool driver gas money; no less than $15 should be offered. Gas prices are $3.15/gal as of this writing.
My estimation is total activity time of hike activity time of 6 hours. There is an area near the parking to change clothes.
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