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Next Outings

6 Sept (Sat). Wildlife Float, Rankin Wildlife Management Area, Douglas Lake.


At this time of year, Douglas lake will be “drawn down” enough to expose large mud flats in the Rankin Bottoms area. These attract many species of migrating shore birds and waterfowl, making Rankin a real treat at this time of year.

< Though we can’t know for sure what awaits us in terms of migrating birds, we’ll have a fair chance of spotting several species that may be new to you.

< Only very basic canoe skills are necessary for this trip. Sorry, but we cannot provide canoes. Check with local outfitters for rentals.

< One-way drive: 50 miles. Pre-register with Ron Shrieves at 922-3518 or ronaldshrieves@comcast.net (email preferred).


13-14 Sept (Sat-Sun). Backpack, Rabbit Creek, Hatcher Mountain, and Abrams Falls Trails, GSMNP.


We will meet at the Cades Cove Loop entrance parking lot at 10:00 AM (closed for bikers before then).

< Starting from the Abrams Falls trailhead, we'll hike up Rabbit Creek Trail to Campsite 15. It is an easy hike, but not too easy - there is a creek crossing (Mill Creek) that requires wading, a little under 1000 feet of elevation change,

< and about 4 miles. For the return trip, we'll consider returning by way of Hannah Mountain and Abrams Falls if Abrams Creek isn't too high.

< The Abrams Creek crossing can be challenging or pleasant depending on the weather. If it’s more of a challenge than we want, we'll return the way we came in. The campsite is limited to 12 persons. Backcountry camp fee $4 per person – check with the leader about reservations status. Distance, about 11 miles. Rated easy to moderate.

< One-way drive: 50 miles. Pre-register with Conrad Ottenfeld,


< co11505@charter.net; 865-288-0975



20-21 Sept (Sat-Sun). Backpack, Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area (John Muir Trail).


One of the best hiking-only trails in the Big South Fork NRA is the John Muir Trail (JMT),

< and on this backpack we’ll be hiking the JMT from Leatherwood Ford to Station Camp,

< a distance of about 15.1 miles (9.5 miles on Saturday to a creek side campsite, and 5.6 miles on Sunday). Features include the famous Angel Falls Overlook (in recent years a featured Hike

e-of-the-Month in the Knoxville News Sentinel) plus fall wildflowers and numerous views of the Big South Fork River and the cliffs and rock houses for which the Park is famous.

< We’ll learn about the history of the Big South Fork along the way. Because of mileage and some significant up and down elevation gain, plus a wet crossing of the Big South Fork River at the end, it is rated difficult.

< One-way drive: 72 miles. Preregister with Will Skelton: H 523-2272; Cell 72-7327; whshome@bellsouth.net.



Upcoming Meetings

July 20-21-22: Summer Chapter Meeting @ Natchez Trace State Park, hosted by the Chickasaw Group

October 19-20-21: Fall Chapter Meeting @ Pickett State Park, hosted by the Chickasaw Group

January 25-26-27: Winter Chapter Meeting @ Cedars of Lebanon State Park, hosted by the Harvey Broome Group

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