Cumberland Trail 1 of 5 - North Soddy Creek Gorge - Sat, Jun 6 2020

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Cumberland Trail 1 of 5 - North Soddy Creek Gorge

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Soddy Daisy, Tn   Hike: Cumberland Trail 1 of 5 - North Soddy Creek Gorge  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Jun 6 2020  7:30 am >> Sat, Jun 6 2020 5:30 pm
Registration Opens: Thu, May 21 2020 7:11 pm
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Jun 5 2020 7:11 pm
Event Duration:10 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D5: Difficult (Exploratory)
Distance:11 Miles
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:10
Minimum Group Size:3
Number Registered So Far: 10 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: Yes

Note: This is an "EXPLORATORY" trip. This means that there are parts of this trip, or perhaps the whole trip, that is new to your Trip Leader(s). However, they are confident that this will not be an issue.
This note is here so that you can make an informed decision. When a Trip Leader isn't personally familiar with a trip, there is an increased chance of things not going as planned and you need to be prepared. The Trip Leader may have additional details in the itinerary.


The Cumberland Trail is one of my favorite trails and is full of gorges, waterfalls, rivers, boulders and more! Join me as I hike 2 new sections and 3 old favorites.

Part I - North Soddy Creek Gorge

Part II - Possum Creek

Part III - Rock Creek

Part IV - Laurel Snow

Part V - North Chickamauga


North Soddy Creek Gorge

We will start at the Little Soddy Trailhead. We will start walking through an old mining area and parallel Little Soddy Creek as we descend into the gorge. We will cross the creek and start our ascent out. We will then have a ridge walk and enjoy the views of the gorge until we descend again, this time to cross the boulder filled Deep Creek. Back out, then in the gorge we go as we make our way to the 100 foot suspension bridge that crosses Soddy Creek. This is where we will stop for lunch.  We may go a bit further to explore the gorge or explore some side trails before retracing our steps back to the car. We will be moving at a fast-moderate pace (2.6 mph average) through out this hike so we have time to stop and enjoy the highlights.

This is an exploratory D5 event, you must have recent D4/D5 experience to join the fun. When signing up please note what fitness level you have maintained throughout the lock down. I reserve the right to move members to the wait list.


 The carpool has been eliminated from this event due to our friendly virus. If you want to caravan to the event, feel free to meet at the Acworth Park and Ride at 7:20. No ride sharing or carpooling will be supported by the AOC for this event.

No masks will be required for this event. We will try to social distance during the event. If you are not comfortable with these arrangements, please choose a different event.  No complaints will be accepted.

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We will meet at the Little Soddy Trailhead at 9am (Eastern).  Trailhead location

If you choose to caravan, please meet at the Acworth Park and Ride at 7:20.  



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