6 Dec (Sat). Dayhike, Honey Creek, Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area.
This is a rather difficult 5.6 mile loop trail.
Originally, it was one of the ten Bowater Pocket Wilderness Areas and is now one of two state natural areas located within the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area.
The trail is very rugged and requires crossing a number of small creeks, climbing a series of ladders up and down the bluff, scrambling through boulders, and hiking up the Honey Creek drainage.
The trail includes a number of waterfalls, a spectacular rockhouse, and one of the best views from an overlook 250 feet above the South Fork of the Cumberland River.
Quite simply it is one of the best trails on the Cumberland Plateau. The hike is difficult and requires about 5 to 7 hours to complete depending on how much time is spent enjoying the trail.
Rated moderate to difficult. The driving distance is about 75 miles from West Knoxville. Preregister with BJ and Bob Perlack: email@example.com; 229-5027.
13 Dec (Sat). Take-a-Hike, Elkmont Section, GSMNP.
This hike will take us to Blanket Mountain, and along the way we'll visit and learn about the history of the Avent Cabin.
The cabin, located just off the Jakes Creek Trail, was owned by an artist at the time the Park was formed.
This cabin has been maintained as an historical structure, and provides a glimpse of life in the Smokies before the park,
though probably of a lifestyle that was not typical of that experienced by the vast majority of mountain folk. The hike will continue past the cabin and up to the peak of Blanket Mountain,
home to an old (now demolished) fire tower. Hiking distance about seven miles, rated moderate due to elevation gain.
Drive: 50 mi each way. Pre-register with Ron Shrieves at 865-922-3518 or firstname.lastname@example.org (email preferred).