Joint hike with Upper Cumberland Chapter. Ninth hike of the CT 200 mile challenge. Long Hike: Newby Branch Trailhead to Shut-in Gap Road for 8.5 miles rated moderate to strenuous. Short Hike: 4 mile moderate in/out from Newby Branch trailhead. A vehicle shuttle is necessary. This hike passes through dense mountain laurel, rhododendron, hemlock and several large beech trees. We’ll see waterfalls, cascades, rockhouse, and bluffs along the trail. Five bridges cross various streams, and a 100-foot suspension bridge across the Piney River. Bring snacks, lunch, water, bug spray and sunscreen. Depart 7:30 am central from Central Baptist Church, South Main St in Crossville. Gas cost $3. For additional information contact the hike leader, Deb Westervelt, text/call 931-267-2243 or email email@example.com.