- Sycamore Falls Trail at Fiery Gizzard
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
- Begineer Backpacking Trip - Weather Permitting
• 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
- Car Camping at Chilhowee
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.
- July 19 - July 21, 2019 Car Camping & Hiwassee Kayak - Part 1 of 2
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!
- Kayaking on the Hiawassee River, TN (Event Part 2 of 2)
Kayaking on the Hiawassee - what better way to spend a summer day? We will also be camping out on Friday and Saturday at Gee Creek Campground. Please look for that separate event if you want to join us for the full weekend. We'll meet up in the parking lot at 10:30 am. The outfitters will then transport us 5.5 miles upriver and drop us off to enjoy the 2-3 hour ride down the river. Single Sit-On-Top or Inflatable Kayak - $30 Tandem Inflatable Kayaks - $48 Bring your own Kayak - $10 for shuttle and $5 for life vest rental if you need it. Life Vests are Mandatory. We will reserve a number of kayaks for our group, but you are responsible for paying and retrieving your kayak once you arrive. Please indicate in your RSVP whether you want a sit-on-top, single inflatable, tandem inflatable so they can put them aside for us or if you are bringing your own kayak. We will be using Hiwassee Outfitters. Here are their tips for kayaking the Hiwassee: • The price includes Shuttle, Lifejacket, and Paddle rental. • Sales tax is not included in the price (9.25 % in TN). • Each person will have to sign a waiver of liability. Speed things up by printing your own and having it ready. • Private boat shuttles are available for $10-20 dollars depending on the boat size • The trip is self-guided • Trip takes about 2-4 hours depending on the size & shape of the boat taken • You will be taken upstream 6 miles and will float back to your vehicles at the facility • Water temperature is cold at around 54 degrees Fahrenheit • Some type of shoes should be worn other than flip flops because the river has very sharp rocks • You will get wet! We are not responsible for lost items or damaged electronics • Coolers can be brought except Styrofoam • Three things that are prohibited on the river: Glass, Styrofoam, and alcohol • Life jackets must be worn at all times while on the river • While rafting, stay in the middle channel of the river and go left of all the major islands • The first bridge you will come to is the end of the trip and you will exit on the left side of the river • Restrooms and showers are available to you before and after the trip • If any trouble erupts while on the river, there is a road during the first half of the trip on the right side of the river. Also, there is a railroad track that is on the left side of the river the whole way down and would consist of around a 5 mile walk back to our facility. Please make sure that if you leave the boat behind that it is pulled up on land and will not float away.