Cumberland Trail 3 of 5 - Rock Creek Gorge - Sat, Jun 13 2020

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Cumberland Trail 3 of 5 - Rock Creek Gorge

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Sale Creek, Tn   Hike: Cumberland Trail 3 of 5 - Rock Creek Gorge  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Jun 13 2020  8:45 am >> Sat, Jun 13 2020 3:45 pm
Registration Opens: Thu, Jun 4 2020 8:12 pm
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Jun 12 2020 8:37 pm
Event Duration:7 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D5: Difficult (Exploratory)
Distance:14 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
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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: 9 / 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 Gorge

Part IV - Laurel Snow

Part V - North Chickamauga


Rock Creek Gorge

We will begin our adventure at the "Lower Leggett Road Trailhead", where a medium sized, paved, parking area will welcome us. We will start on the Lower Connector Trail that will take us to the Rock Creek Loop Trail.  We will take the high road and climb to the Leggett Point Overlook for views of the entire gorge. Back on the loop trail we go as we head towards the Cumberland Trail. We will cross a series of bridges and take a peak at the Rock Creek Overlook as well as the Leggett Branch waterfall as we traverse the gorge at a moderate pace. After we cross the 80 foot Rock Creek bridge we will climb out of the gorge and head towards our turn around point at Retro Hughes Road. If we were to continue across the road we would eventually make it to Possum Creek and Imodium Falls, but that is a hike for a different day. Somewhere along the way we will stop for lunch before retracing our steps back towards the car. On the way back we will be taking the lower section of the Rock Creek Loop and, if time permits, find a nice swimming hole for a quick dip. 

 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 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 6:50. 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.

Required Items to Bring:




Sense of adventure

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Hazmat suit

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

We will meet at the Lower Leggett Road Trailhead at 8:45 EASTERN.  Trailhead location

If you choose to caravan, please meet at the Acworth Park and Ride at 6:50.  



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