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Frozen Head State Park
April 10, 2021 All day
Hike Emory Gap, Panther Creek, and Judge Branch trails. Join us on a flower hike in Frozen Head State Park in the Cumberland Mountains. We will park at the end of Flat Fork Road to hike a portion of the Panther Creek trail and the entire Emory Gap trail to the falls. On the Panther Creek trail we will go about 2.6 miles and gain about 250 feet. The Emory Gap trail to the falls and back is about 1.0 mile and gains about 300 feet. The total distance for this hike is about 3.6 miles. If time and energy allow we will relocate and take a second hike on the Old South Mack and Judge Branch trails. This second hike is about 2.7 miles and gains about 300 feet by the turn around point. All of the distances and elevation changes are estimates based on a topo map. If we take both hikes the total distance is about 6.3 miles which is about average of most of our hikes. The hike difficulty is rated as moderate. We recommend shoes to wear to and from the hike plus sturdy hiking shoes, other weather appropriate clothing, a snack, a drink and a camera.
Because of the Covid-19 restrictions there will be no carpooling and you should bring a face mask to wear when you are unable to maintain a 6 foot social distance.
We will meet in Oak Ridge at the Books-A-Million parking lot nearest Illinois Ave. for tailgating to Frozen Head, leaving at 9 am. Books-A-Million is located at 310 South Illinois Ave. We expect to be at the Park headquarters by 9:30 and from there we will go to the trailhead.
For additional information about the hike please contact Tom before April 9th.