What we're about

This Meetup group will give us a chance to meet and hike with our fellow hikers from Nashville and Chattanooga as we will do a lot of hiking in the Cumberland Plateau and Cumberland Mountains which are between Knoxville, Nashville and Chattanooga. Most of these hikes will be long day trips but are very awarding hikes.

We will also do hikes in the Smoky Mountains as well as longer hikes that involve overnights. These hikes are from anywhere from from Red River gorge to the Rocky Mountains or anywhere there are good hikes that the group would like to hike.

We will try to plan to go to different National Parks across the country on hiking trips.

In addition to hiking we will be open to all kinds of outdoor activities from kayaking, biking, horseback riding, sitting around a fire, camping, caving, having a picnic, listening to live music outside, rock climbing or pretty much anything that is outdoors. We may also have some social activities as well such as dinners or other activities that will help us all get to know each other.

We are always looking for people who are will to host meetups and I am always willing to help you organize your first few meetup events so let me know if you would like to be an Event Organizer

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Let's Keep in Shape for Hiking! Greenway at Westside YMCA

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"The most difficult thing is the decision to act. The rest is merely tenacity." - Amelia Earhart

This event of for hikers who want to stay in shape or get back into shape so they will be ready and physically able to hike whenever they want.

We will meet Rain or Shine as long as it is not a thunderstorm.

This will be 'hike' at your own pace. We will begin and end together. I will explain how later in the description.

We will begin at the bottom of the Westside YMCA parking lot on Winston Road, right where you turn in for the Westside YMCA. Do not drive up to the building.

We will

-meet at 6:35 to get warmed up and meet each other

-leave at 6:45 and 'hike' (or walk 😂) for 30 minutes

-turn around at 7:15 to head back to our cars

-Meet back at our cars at 7:45am to wave goodbye and head off to start the rest of our beautiful day.

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Agamont Park Bar Harbor Pre Hike Meetup

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Let's plan to meet at Agamont Park in Bar Harbor to meet everyone on the trip and make sure we have a good start to our Acadia trip. We will set up a time to meet at the trailhead the next day and get to catch up as it has been a while for most of us to do one of these trips.

After we can walk around town get dinner or just relax in the park.

Acadia National Park Trip (Rescheduled from 2020)

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Please plan to meet Sunday at Agamont Park before our hike in Monday. We will meet at 4pm Sunday October 16 Here is the link to that meetup

https://www.meetup.com/knoxville-hiking-meetup/events/288865512/

JUST A HEADS UP YOU MUST GET A PASS TO DRIVE UP CADILLAC SUMMIT ROAD.

There are timed entries so you will want to reserve the date and time you would like to drive that road. There is also a option for Sunrise. Here is the link to buy the permit they become available a little more then 12 weeks before the date.

https://www.recreation.gov/timed-entry/400000

As always on our trips we will give suggested hikes however everyone can do there own exploring I do suggest that everyone stays in groups of at least 2 or 3.

Also this was the hardest hikes to map out due to so many complex network of shorter loop trails. The good news is if you want to add more or do shorter amount of miles every day has options to do either.

I came up with these trails with the National Geographic Map.

Please get this map to see all the trails and how they route.

SUGGESTED HIKES

Monday

Park at Sieur de Monts
Hike Kane Path to Ladder Trail to Dorr Mountain to Cadillac North Ridge Trail to Kebo Brook Trail to Kebo Mountain Trail to Hemlock Trial to Stratheden Path Trail to Parking lot.
Miles around 7 miles

Tuesday

Park at Precipice Trail Parking Lot
Hike Precipice Trail to Champlain South Ridge Trail to Bowl trail to Beehive trail to Champlain South Ridge to Champlain North Ridge Tr to Orange and Black Path to Schooner Head Path to Murphy Lane to Parking lot
Total Miles around 7.

Wednesday

Park at Bubble Pond Parking Lot
Hike Pemetic North Ridge Trail to Pemetic South Ridge Trail to Pemetic East Cliff trial to Triad Trail to Brook Trail to Triad Pass then continue to Jordon Pond. We will go up the east side of Jordon Pond on Jordon Pond Path to Bubbles Trail to Eagle Lake Trail to The Carriage Road to the Parking area
Total Miles around 8.5

Thursday

Is our off day as we all split up to explore the area.

Friday

Park at Bald Peak Parking area
Hike Bald peak trail to Parkman Mountain trail to Gilmore Peak to Sargent Mountain via Grandgent trail to Sargent east cliffs trail to Deer Brook Trail to Penobscot Mountain trail to Carriage Road to Amphitheater trail to Hadlock brook trail to Bald Peak Trail to Parking Lot.
Total Miles around 9 miles

Saturday

Park at Long Pond Parking Area
Hike Beech West Ridge Trail to Beach Mountain Fire Tower to Beech South Ridge Trail back to parking lot. Continue on Long Pond Trail to Perpendicular trail to Mansell Mountain to Great Notch to Little Notch to Bernard Mountain via Bernard Mountain Trail to Sluiceway trail to Notch trail to Gilley Trail to Cold Brook trail to parking lot.
Total Miles around 7.5 Miles

Let's plan to do a hiking trip to Acadia National Park.

Lodging:

I have rented one house near Bar Harbor. Unlike previous trips I will not be renting multiple houses. However I would encourage people to sign up for the trip and find other hikers that are going and go in on houses together.

Some of the houses have a 100% refund if you cancel at least 30 days before the check-in date. Make sure you take note of the cancellation policy of the house before you book it.

Links for lodging

https://www.vrbo.com/

https://www.airbnb.com/

https://www.booking.com/

https://www.kayak.com

I will post the hikes later

Here is a link to the park

https://www.nps.gov/acad/index.htm

I will set up a restaurant for us to meet at on Sunday Oct 16 around 4pm

Standard Notice:

Meetup organizers/leaders are not guides. Expect the same risks and take the same precautions you would take if you were hiking alone. You are solely responsible for your own safety and well-being.
By signing up for and/or attending this Meetup event, you acknowledge, understand, accept, and agree that hiking and other outdoor activities can be dangerous and can cause serious bodily injury and possibly death. The organizers of this group and current and former members can not be held responsible or liable in any way for the actions of any participant - including you - at any event. All attendees participate at an event at their own risk and are solely responsible for any damage to their property, and/or any injury to themselves or their guests. By signing up for this event, you affirm that you understand this disclaimer, and that you knowingly and voluntarily agree not to bring any type of claim arising out of or related to this Meetup event against the organizers of this Meetup group.

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Wanted Dead or Alive, Halloween Costume Hike 2022!

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Here's one of our 'just for fun' hikes!

You don't have to wear a costume, but why not join those of us that will. Two prizes will be given, one for the best costume and one for the most original costume. Voted on by all of us. YOU MAY JUST WIN!

***With the Butcher safely back in New York roaming the alleyways looking for his next victim, maybe the Smokies will be safer this year. Just watch out for the bear, turkey, deer, salamanders, hikers in costumes, etc... Who knows what other gory creatures are lurking just off trail.

This is Halloween Weekend, lets costume up and enjoy a stroll through the woods in the Smokies. These hikes are getting more and more fun as more and more hikers are getting into the Spirit of the Holiday and costuming up! This hike is about having fun! So, come on out and join us for the fun.

This year, we will stay close to home and go to the Peacefull side of the Smokies to enjoy this hike. Going up the Middle Prong Trail to Indian Flats Falls. This is an 8-mile hike, 4-mile in- 4-miles back out. This is a fairly easy hike with lots to see.

Afterwards, we will head into Townsend for food and drinks (still in costume).

Standard Notice, Disclaimer:
Meetup organizers/ leaders are not guides. Expect the same risks and take the same precautions you would take if you were hiking alone. You are solely responsible for you own safety and well-being. By signing up for this and/or attending this Meetup event, you acknowledge, understand, accept, and agree that hiking and other activities can be dangerous and can cause serious bodily injury and possible death. The organizers of this group and current and former members cannot be held responsible or liable in any way for the actions of any participant-including you- at ant event. All attendees participate at an event at their own risk and are solely responsible for any damage to their property, and/or any injury to themselves or their guests. By signing up for this event, you affirm that you understand this disclaimer and that you knowingly and voluntarily agree not to bring any type of a claim arising out of or related to this Meetup event against the organizers of this Meetup group.
**Covid-19 is still out there and spreading. So PLEASE, be respectful and follow all guidelines to stay safe and keep others safe and virus free. If you feel you, have it and/or may be asymptomatic, please stay home and take care of yourself. If you are virus free, let's hike.

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