6-1/2 miles Moderately strenuous for terrain and length.
This less often hiked out-and-back trail is in the northern sector of Fall Creek Falls State Park. It winds through the forest past a large cave entrance to small but beautiful falls. With luck we’ll see some early spring wildflowers. Bring snacks, water, and a lunch. We’ll likely encounter muddy sections so plan accordingly. Register with Mark for updates
Most of the trail is in the woods on natural turf. We will sometimes see Bald Eagles. Dogs are welcome if on a leash. The Battle of Fort Donelson, February 11-16, was the first major Union victory in the Civil War. Nashville would fall to Union troops in a matter of days. The Cumberland River and Tennessee River became integral parts of the Union supply lines. Our goal is to finish the hike and be in place to see cannons firing and possibly speak with reenactment troops.
Sign-in at 7:45 at the Dover Crossing Kroger. We will depart at 8:00 CT and drive 30 miles to the trailhead. Contact Hike Leader: Philip Anderson 931-561-0925
Description CROSS THE ROAD from the parking area and follow the winding trail. After 1.3 miles the trail crosses an old gravel logging road and after 2.2 miles you reach the wooden bridge over McGinnis Creek. Stop, rest, have a drink, enjoy the rocks and vegetation, and then retrace your steps . Meet at 105 Stonehenge Dr (parking lot) Fairfield Glade TN 8:00 am
Rating: Easy to Moderate This trail follows along the banks of Byrd Creek for the entirety of the hike. At approximately one and a half miles hikers will come to the red and yellow junction. From here you should follow the red trail back to the CCC dam, then walk across the dam back to the park office where you started. This trail provides hikers with a unique tree top canopy of hemlock trees in several sections. Through these sections you will notice less vegetation on the forest floor and cooler temperatures in these areas. Hikers will also cross a small creek that is home to a very unique bridge that was built by an eagle scout. Cumberland Park is about four miles southeast of Crossville on Highway 127. Park at the Park Office: 24 Office Dr, Crossville, TN 38555
APRIL 21 10:00am Obed River Park Distance: 1.2 miles Rating: Easy Established in 1982. Offers 2.1 miles of paved walking trails, much of which is along the banks of the scenic Wild Obed River! Approximately 35 acres located off HWY 70 West, just past the entrance to the Cumberland County Community Complex. While exploring the park, be on the lookout for 2 historical Markers – FIRST: Broken Dam from the 1930s – Second signifies the site where the railroad once crossed the Obed River. The park is a Level 1 Arboretum with 60 species of Flora identified with markers. 24 Obed River Park Drive, Crossville, TN 38555-6817
FAIRFIELD GLADE: Amherst Trail Distance: 1.9 Rating: Easy This is a 2.0-mile grassy road hiking trail located between St. George and Sherwood Lakes. This is an easy trail with very little change in elevation. Although most of the trail is on grassy roads, there are some sections along paved roads. There is limited parking just off St. George Drive on Castlebar Lane. From the Peavine Road/Stonehenge Drive stoplight, take Peavine Road towards Crossville. Shortly after passing Food City turn left on to St. George Drive. After 2.25 miles (about one mile after passing Lake St. George) look for the trail sign on the left at the grassy road Castlebar Lane (first left past Amherst Drive). Park on the grassy road. Most roads are unsigned so follow the trail posts and signs.