Huckleberry Knob and Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest, about 3.5 miles total, easy. Join us for a spectacular drive and a couple short hikes on the Cherohala Skyway, a National Scenic Byway that starts near Tellico Plains and takes us into North Carolina. The two hikes have trailheads located a short distance from each other, near mile marker 8 on the Skyway. Plan on an all-day outing, encompassing beautiful 360° views and fall colors at higher altitudes. We will cap our trip with a visit to Joyce Kilmer, which contains trees that are over 400 years old, 20 feet in circumference, and 100 feet tall! We’ll plan on lunch at the Joyce Kilmer picnic area. Bring water, lunch and a snack, and wear sturdy hiking boots. Watch the weather forecast, be prepared for cooler weather at higher altitude, and dress in layers.
Due to the long drive, we’ll start earlier than usual. Meet at 8:00 am ET at the parking area near the gas station at Food City in Ooltewah, right off I-75 exit 11. https://bit.ly/3dwmbxn Please register with hike leaders Marti & Roy Owensby. Carpool cost: $10.