Join your hiking mates for another wild day trip to the Cumberland Trail segments. On this adventure, we will track down Big and Little possum, conquer Tylenol Hill, and survive Imodium Falls.
DESCRIPTION: On this hike, we'll do a 5 mile section of the Cumberland Trail – out and back. Our route starts at the Heiss Mtn Rd Trailhead and descends to Big Possum Creek. We'll climb back out of the gorge for a view of the Tennessee River, then head back downhill, crossing Little Possum Creek and following it upstream to the falls. The plan is to take the long break at the falls and enjoy lunch here. Check here (https://www.cumberlandtrail.org/maps-and-guides/trail-segments/three-gorges/possum-section/) for a detailed description of our hike and the rest of the Possum Gorge segment.
WHO SHOULD GO? This hike is strenuous and fairly rugged in places with plenty of uneven terrain, slippery terrain, rocky terrain, and roller coaster terrain. That is, up the hill, down the hill, up the hill, down the hill. If you are comfortable with those elements across a 10 mile hike, then come along!
DEPART TIME: 7:30 AM CT Carpool to meet at O’Charley’s Restaurant off I-24, Exit 66A, Sam Ridley Parkway West.
HIKE DISTANCE & TIME: ~10 miles round trip. Total hike time: 5.5 hours.
HIKE PACE: about 3.5 based on the scale below:
1- Leisurely Stroll
4- Faster than average
Additional Adventure Notes:
Kids under 13 who can handle the rugged terrain must be accompanied by parent(s) or guardian(s).
No dogs allowed.
DRIVE TIME: About 2 hours, 1-way from first carpool. Drivers and riders are typically determined on the morning of the hike in the parking lot. Carpool drivers assume the bulk of the cost for using their vehicles. An appropriate amount to give your driver is $10 to $15 per passenger, depending on the number of passengers. Gas is about $2.20/gallon as of this writing.
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