Harvey Broome Group Outings
1 Nov (Sat). Dayhike, Graysville Mountain and Roaring Creek, Cumberland Trail.
This is a brand-new section of trail on previously-closed land recently acquired by the State of Tennessee.
It is being constructed by CTC volunteers and college students on their spring breaks and will eventually connect the Rock Creek Gorge Section with Laurel-Snow State Natural Area.
We’ll begin at the new trailhead off Brayton Rd southwest of Dayton and hike not far from Roaring Creek to a series of three impressive overlooks. As of this writing the trail ends 3.85 miles from the trailhead, where we’ll turn around.
However, additional construction planned for March 2014 should extend the trail. Be among the first to see this new area! Not yet rated. One-way drive: 85 miles. Pre-register with Warren or Carol Devine, 483-7894 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
9 Nov (Sun). Dayhike, Little Greenbrier Gap and Laurel Falls Trails, GSMNP.
We’ll hike the 4.3 miles Little Greenbrier Trail from Wear Cove Gap to Chinquapin Ridge,
with a possible detour for 0.4 mile down to the historic Walker Sisters Cabin. Then we will follow the 3.1 miles Laurel Falls Trail where we’ll see the always-scenic Laurel Falls before continuing on to the trailhead on the Little River Road.
Most people hike up to the falls from the trailhead but we’ll be coming down from above. The fall colors should be at their peak and views of the high peaks of the Smokies will be an added attraction.
Hiking distance will be 7.4 miles total. Rated Moderate because of the elevation change. One-way drive: 35 miles.
Preregister with Will Skelton: H 523-2272; Cell 72-7327; email@example.com
15-16 Nov (Sat-Sun). Backpack, Middle Prong Wilderness, Pisgah National Forest, NC.
Starting at Haywood Gap on the Blue Ridge Parkway, this hike takes us along the Mountain-to-Sea trail,
first by going north on the Buckeye Gap trail (#126), camping near junction of trails #126 and the Haywood Gap trail (#142), then completing a loop by returning on #142.
There is a major stream crossing at north end of the route. Distance, approximately 10 miles.
This hike is rated difficult. Driving distance is about 110 miles to the trailhead. Pre-register with Rob Davis at 865-202-6661 or firstname.lastname@example.org (email preferred).
22 Nov (Sat). Take-a-Hike, Biodiversity tour (Old-Growth Cove Hardwood), Albright Grove, GSMNP.
Not many low elevation cove hardwood forests remain. Albright Grove is a special place where tulip poplars, Frazier magnolias, silverbells and maples have grown into giants.
For the hike to this unique place we will use the Maddron Bald Trail to Albright Grove Loop trail and then return.
For those that are interested we will study tree identification in winter. Total distance is 6.9 miles and rated moderate. One-way drive: 60 miles.
Preregister with Mac Post at 865-806-0980 or email@example.com (email preferred).
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