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This 3.2 mile hike is a beautiful hike located on the Cumberland Plateau. The trail is well maintained & marked. It would be considered a Trail Dames hike based on length & difficulty. The trail has ups & downs but nothing very steep. Some of the trail is rocky. There is a swimming hole at the base of the falls. Bring 2 liters of water, snacks, hiking poles. Wear sturdy shoes. You may want some water shoes/sandals if it is warm enough to take a dip. There will be a carpool from Chattanooga. There will be a stop at the Dutch Maid Bakery in Tracy City before the hike. This is the oldest family owned bakery in TN! Afterwards we can go grab a bite to eat at the Mountain Goat Market in Monteagle, TN
• What we'll do Prerequisite: You must have attended a beginner backpacking class on with Trail Dames. Or have permission from the trip leaders. We will hike in 2 miles along Richland Creek to the Henderson Creek campsite. We will set up camp. Then you have a couple of choices - relax in camp, hike to Laurel Falls or hike to Snow Falls or swim in the blue hole. This is the BEST swim hole! On Sunday we will backpack out. • What to bring Backpacking set up - tent or hammock, water purification system, sleeping bag, pad, food for Sat. lunch & dinner, Sun. breakfast, optional lunch, water, day pack for hiking excursion. • Important to know If you have questions about this trip - please post to the list. If you have the question - likely someone else does too :D
This is a dog-friendly car camping trip. Please be aware that in accordance with both the Trail Dames Dog Policy and facility rules, dogs must be leashed at all times. This is a Cherokee National Forest campground. The group site is large. There is a lake for swimming. There are also a lot of trails accessible from the campground, including Benton Falls. Please note that your RSVP will not be secure until you have paid for your spot. Please note the following: Facility Information Campfires are permitted in designated fire rings only. Do not leave fires unattended. They will be extinguished. Discharging firearms and fireworks is prohibited. Pets must be on a leash and are not allowed on the beach. No lifeguards on duty; swim at your own risk. Alcoholic beverages are prohibited. GPS coordinates will bring you up Benton Springs Rd. This route is not recommended. We recommend using Forest Service Road 77 to reach the recreation area. The nearest restaurants and/or stores for purchasing supplies are about 14 miles from the campground. Campground hosts are on site. Don't Move Firewood: Help protect our forests! Prevent the spread of tree-killing pests by obtaining firewood at or near your destination and burning it on site. Moving firewood is illegal in some states. Visit dontmovefirewood.org to learn more. Be Bear Wise: Never leave food out on tables or in the open. Store unattended food in bear-resistant containers, in a vehicle in solid non-pliable material, or suspend food at least ten feet off the ground. Remember to use the bear resistant trash receptacles provided at this facility.
Please join us for a 2 night camping trip to Hiwassee State Scenic Rivers' Gee Creek Campground! http://tnstateparks.com/parks/campground/hiwassee-ocoee We have reserved group campsite G 6 and we'll be able to check in anytime after 4:00 pm on Friday evening. There are few hammocking spots - plan on tenting. Saturday morning, we’ve planned a fun kayaking trip down the Hiwassee River. Please read the description of this event if you’re interested in kayaking (Part 2 of this event) and RSVP for it separately. There are some nice hiking trails and good fishing nearby as well as other activities for anyone not planning to kayak. There is a fire ring at our site. Sunday morning after breakfast, we'll cap off our weekend activities with a hike to Gee Creek Falls, on an easy one mile trail. At the end of the trail, we'll arrive at a small but beautiful waterfall with a nice swimming hole set deep in the forest. http://www.tennesseerivervalleygeotourism.org/content/gee-creek-falls/ten0494662A00DD9AFC3 Please note, you will not be confirmed for this event until your payment for camping has been received. Also, please note, refunds are not available. Thank you!