This section of the Cumberland Trail, completed in fall 2018, will be our third joint spring outing of TCWP and the Tennessee Native Plant Society. Which spring flowers we will see is hard to predict, but the route is definitely scenic. The trail is up and down, with many steps. Total walking distance will be about six miles.
We will meet for carpooling at 9 a.m. at the Gold’s Gym/Books-A-Million parking lot in Oak Ridge (at the end close to S. Illinois Avenue, near Salsarita’s), or meet at the Rocky Top/ Exxon/ MacDonald’s on US 27 in Spring City at 10 a.m. We will caravan from the Exxon to the Lower Piney River Trailhead to start a shuttle, leaving some cars there. We’ll then carpool to the Stinging Fork Falls Trailhead; from there we’ll hike back to the Piney River Trailhead. Bring water, a lunch, and bug spray.
Alternatives: Participants are welcome to head back early to the Stinging Falls Fork Trailhead; they will need to have a car there, or otherwise will have a wait until afternoon when the shuttle is completed. Those taking this alternative 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.
Reservations are not required, but are helpful for planning and for sending updates or cancelations. Contact Larry Pounds at 865-705-8516 (cell).