I got to go to McGill Creek today in some beautiful weather to hike and visit with friends. We started at Downy View lane and hiked to the Roaring Creek trailhead parking area. Five of us total including Don, Joan, Sara, and Jane. Don led the hike and also recorded all the downed trees so he could report them to the CTC. We enjoyed our lunch at the McGill Creek Falls. The first mile or so from Downy View Lane is not built trail, but is flagged to the built trail.
Saturday, December 26, 2020
Friday, November 27, 2020
Sunday, November 8, 2020
Joan put together a fantastic weekend camping and hiking at Big South Fork. We hiked all the trails at Pogue Creek State Natural Area. We also hiked to Angels Falls Overlook and Rock Creek Loop. Fabulous hiking, wonderful weather, and nights clear and star filled. TTA hikers included Craig, Lora, Joan, Ruth, Sara, Marietta, Dawn, Celia, Jane, Patty, and Chuck.
Sunday, October 18, 2020
The group campsite was reserved at Rattler Ford Campground on the Cherohala Skyway near Robbinsville, North Carolina. Four hikers hiked the Memorial Loop on Friday and all 7 hikers did the Hangover trail on Saturday. The Hangover offered panoramic views in all directions. The Cherokee Hiking Club had a group there and one of their members pointed out the mountain peaks to us. On Sunday 5 hikers hiked Huckleberry Knob and 4 were staying over another night to kayak Santeetlah Lake. The campers had beautiful clear nights and the campfire was a warm comfort each night. The fall colors were beautiful and thanks to Jan Safavi for organizing and leading the trip. Campers were Joe Campbell, Joan Hartvigsen, Joni Perrine, Sara Pollard, Marietta Poteet, Jan Safavi, and Gloria Dale Williams.
Sunday, October 4, 2020
We had 15 hikers on our hike Saturday at Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park in Eva Tennessee. This was a joint event with the Jackson and Highland Rim chapters. Susan Woods of the Jackson chapter led the hike. She's a member of the Friends group and leads many interpretative hikes there. She told us a lot about the history in the area. Since many of the trails were closed due to the tornado damage last fall, she was able to piece together about a 5 mile loop trail and we enjoyed lunch at the backcountry shelter. We also stopped by the rustic cabin overlooking the lake. After the hike some went on to Johnsonville State Historic Park in nearby Camden for more hiking and touring the museum there.
Saturday, September 26, 2020
National Public Lands Day was celebrated by doing trail maintenance at Barfield Park. Daniel Lees of the Murfreesboro Parks and Recreation Department coordinated the trail maintenance work. Those attending were Jeanne Conatser, Sara Kennedy and Rene Jacobs.