Shut in Gap Rd
This will be our second April joint outing with the Tennessee Native Plant Society. We will caravan from the Exxon station in Spring City to the Lower Piney River Trailhead to start a shuttle, leaving some cars there and carpooling to the Stinging Fork Falls Trailhead. From there we’ll hike back to the Piney River Trailhead. This section of the Cumberland Trail was completed in the fall of 2018. Which spring flowers we will see is hard to predict, but the route is definitely scenic. Total walking distance will be about six miles. The trail is up and down, with many steps.
As an alternative, people are welcome to head back early to the Stinging Falls Fork Trailhead. They will need to have a car there or will have a wait until the afternoon when the shuttle is completed. With this alternative, hikers could drive back from the Stinging Fork Trailhead to the Piney River Trail Head and walk in along the flat trail by Soak Creek to meet the rest of the group as they reach Soak Creek. Bring water, lunch, and bug spray.
We’ll meet for carpooling at the Gold’s Gym/Books-A-Million parking lot in Oak Ridge (at the end close to S. Illinois Avenue, near Salsarita’s) at 9 a.m. Eastern, or meet at the Rocky Top/ Exx-on/McDonald’s on US 27 in Spring City at 10 a.m. Eastern.
For additional information, contact Larry Pounds at (865) 705-8516 or at PoundsL471@aol.com. Reservations are not required but are helpful for planning and to send updates or cancellations.