Join us on a hike in the Cumberland Mountains. We will park at the West Lookout Tower trailhead. We will follow the Lookout Tower trail about 2.85 miles to the intersection with the Bird Mountain trail/Cumberland Mountain trail gaining about 1050 feet. We will then follow the Bird Mountain trail for about 4.25 miles to where we first started on the Lookout Tower trail, gaining about 250 feet in the first mile then losing 1400 feet. Along the way we will pass Castle Rock. The total hiking distance is about 7.1 miles. The hike difficulty is rated as moderate. The distances and elevation changes are estimates from the park map.
We will meet in Oak Ridge at the Books-A-Million parking, lot nearest Illinois Ave. for carpooling, leaving at 9 am. Books-A-Million is located at 310 South Illinois Ave. If you prefer you can meet us at the Park headquarters. We will leave the Park headquarters at 10 am and drive to the trailhead. We recommend that riders in a carpool pay the driver as requested.
The weather is variable; we recommend hiking poles, shoes to wear to and from the hike plus sturdy hiking shoes, other weather appropriate clothing, a snack, a drink and a camera.
After the hike plan on stopping on the way back for a meal and refreshments.
For specific information about the hike please call Tom at 865-588-5622 and leave a message or send an email to email@example.com before February 17th..