Sun, Apr 7 2002 - Hike (View Original Event Details)

Trip Leader(s): No Coordinators Found
Participants:Matthew Woodruff, Christie Williams, , Jacqueline Savage, , , karen gennuso, Steven Koonce, Jennifer L. Feister, Thomas Zoe, , Cindy Carlton, , Robert Morris, , Todd Biggs, Debbie Sisley, Daryn Gibson, , Becky Barker, Matthew Woodruff, Brad Krewson, Timothy Redmond, Elizabeth Maggi

Write Up:
This was an adventure! Getting there was half the battle. We met at the Indian Trail exit off I-85 early in the morning, and drank some hot coco to wait for those that might be late due to the time change. Daylight savings time comes only twice a year, and how many of us truly change our clocks the night before?

The ride there took about 3 hours. A little bit longer than expected, but due to the road conditions quite understandable. The most treacherous part of the driving was the last 9 miles. It didnt seem bad at first, but in the end, I recommend only driving off-road vehicles on this route. It was very rocky and at times quite steep and narrow.

On the way to our trail we past another named, Three Forks Trail. It is a popular trail, especially since it is mentioned in several hiking books as a relatively good one to hike. Not to mention all the cars parked along the side of the road. We kept on driving and found several people along the way fishing from bridges and camping in tents.

When we finally came to the fork in the road with Holcomb Creek Trail written on the face of the rock sitting on the right hand side of the road, we were quite happy. It was a long journey. The parking here was non-existent so we made do with what we could find. The nice thing was the trail was ours. No one else was here to share it with. How often does that happen?

We started along the path and within a quarter mile of walking we came up to Annum Falls. A short distance later we came to Holcomb Creek Falls. Both falls were nice, with Holcomb Creek Falls being more impressive. We took some photos, jumped back on the trail, hopped in our cars and drove another half mile up the road to the Bee Gum Gap trailhead.

The trail time averages about 30 minutes per mile and the distance to the gap was 2.7 miles. We were able to get to the Gap by 1pm. Once there we took about 20 minutes break for lunch. We sat along the path, talking, joking, and looking at the evergreen skyline along the mountain-tops.

The temperature had been in our favor for most of the day: slightly cool with a breeze until the last 30 minutes. The hike back seemed to pass by quickly. We never did see any other hikers, but did get to hear some of the birds chirping as we reached our vehicles.

The day was great, the conversations were interesting and new friendships were made. We decided to grab some grub from the local Mexican restaurant. Now if you take this trip and stop here to eat, dont let the water fountain of a guys face with water running out of his only nostril on the front of the building scare you off. The service was good, but the food was better. A recommended place to eat if you pass through town.

On the way home we stopped past Tallulah Gorge for a picture- taking event and to also find out more about the kayaking Spring water release riding event that takes place the first weekend in April each year. Only the experienced kayakers are allowed to participate. Even though we didnt get a chance to see them in action, we did stay for a few minutes to catch the scenery.
Written By: Todd Biggs
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