In this joint event with the Smoky Mountains Hiking Club, we will caravan or carpool from Oak Ridge to the Norma Road trailhead of the Cumberland Trail in the New River valley. We will hike southwest along the New River then tributary Lick Creek, then climb to the top of the ridge and hike out to the Lick Creek overlook for views of the New River valley and surrounding mountains.
If there is interest in the party, we will drive back a different route up to the headwaters of the New River and look at a few historic railroad and coal mining sites and Brushy Mountain penitentiary along the way. The hike will be eight miles round trip, rated moderate. The drive is 80 miles round trip.
We’ll meet to carpool or caravan at 8 a.m. at Golds Gym/Books-a-Million parking lot along Illinois Ave in Oak Ridge, on the end near Salsarita’s. For more information contact Tim Bigelow, 865-607-6781, Bigelowt2@mindspring.com.