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Cumberland Trail Laurel-Snow Segment




The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Dayton, TN   Hike: Cumberland Trail  Laurel-Snow Segment   National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sat, May 29 2021  9:00 am >> Sat, May 29 2021 3:30 pm
Registration Opens: Mon, May 24 2021 7:10 pm
Registration Cut Off: Fri, May 28 2021 7:16 pm
Event Duration:6 Hours 30 Minutes
Difficulty Rating:D5: Difficult
Distance:13 Miles
Pace:Moderate
Trip Leader(s):
RonnyJ
Leigh B
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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: 8 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: Yes

Itinerary:

CT Laurel-Snow Segment

I had so much fun doing this trail I am going back for more!

Join me as I continue to explore the southern portion of the Cumberland Trail.

The Cumberland Trail is an ambitious hiking trail project currently under development. When completed, the CT will extend more than 300 miles from the Cumberland Gap in Kentucky to Signal Point, just outside of Chattanooga.  Currently over 200 miles are open with the trail slated for completion in late 2019.  Additionally, the CT is part of the Great Eastern Trail, which is under development and will extend from Alabama to New York when completed.

Laurel- Snow

This section is filled with difficult terrain, rock scrambles, waterfalls, gorges, awesome vistas and cool bridges.

If you are looking for a hike on an iconic trail with tons of cool stuff to see, this is your hike! We will be stopping at all points of interest for picture taking and high hilarity. This is an out and back hike. If you have not been on the Cumberland Trail, you have been missing out! The trail is interesting, difficult and BEAUTIFUL!

We will be starting at the trailhead just North of Dayton, Tn.  Dayton is known for being the scene of the famous "Scopes Monkey Trial" in 1925. We will start the hike by going a short distance up Richland Creek until the intersection with Paine Creek.  From here we will do a little off-trailing to head to Monkey Head Falls. After viewing the falls, we head back to the main trail. We will cross several bridges on our way to Snow Falls.  There is a knee deep crossing (Morgan Creek) that we need to do on the way to this Fall. After Snow Falls we head towards Buzzard Point Overlook, the view there is breathtaking! After the overlook we will head to the base of Laurel Falls. Laurel Falls is a beautiful 80 footer! Now we head back to our cars to complete our T-shaped out and back adventure.

This 13 mile hike features rugged terrain, rock scrambles and two creek crossings. You will need to bring water shoes.

You must have recent D4/D5 experience, be comfortable with a pace on the fast side of moderate and be prepared for difficult terrain to participate in this event.

There will be plenty of opportunities to swim on this hike!


Required Items to Bring:

Water

Rain gear

Boots

Water shoes

Snack/Lunch

Pants, socks

Recommended Items to Bring:
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Camera

Hiking Poles

Sense of adventure


How to Get There:
Event Directions:

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Or enter "Laurel Snow State Natural Area" in your GPS app.


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