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Bartram Trail - Beechertown to Cheoah Bald

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Beechertown, NC
Date(s) & Time:Tue, Aug 10 2021  9:00 am >> Tue, Aug 10 2021 3:30 pm  (Carpool Departure: 7:00 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Thu, Jul 29 2021 7:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Mon, Aug 9 2021 7:10 pm
Event Duration:6 Hours 30 Minutes
Difficulty Rating:D5: Difficult (Exploratory)
Distance:12 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
RonnyJ (Call me Ron)
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:12
Minimum Group Size:3
Number Registered So Far: 5 / 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.


Join me as I explore the northern terminus of the Bartram Trail and beyond to the summit of Cheoah Bald.

This trail offers creek side hiking, vistas, creek crossings and even a short walk on the AT.

We start our adventure in the picnic area for Findley Falls. The picnic area offers paved parking for 6-8 cars as well as a tunnel to explore and the scenic Ledbetter Creek as a backdrop. This trek starts with a nearly 6 mile uphill climb of the Bartram trail with several stopping points for viewing. After we reach the northern terminus of this iconic trail, we will turn right on the AT for the last 1/4 mile of climb to the summit of Cheoah Bald. The bald provides a majestic vista and will serve as our lunch location. After lunch and laughs we retrace our steps back to our cars to complete our out and back adventure. There are about 15 creek crossings on this hike, most of them should be rock-hoppable, but water shoes may be necessary on some.

This hike qualifies as a difficult D5 event with about 3800 feet of gain and a brisk pace. Only accomplished D5 hikers will be permitted to  join this adventure.

Required Items to Bring:



Water Shoes

Recommended Items to Bring:
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65 inch television


How to Get There:
Event Directions:

The trailhead is located in the Findley Falls picnic area.

Trailhead location

Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):210Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 7:00 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $84.00 using a reimbursement rate guideline of $0.400 per mile. The total amount should be divided by the number of people in the vehicle, including the driver. This is a guideline, not a rule, for drivers but the cost should not be higher unless there are extenuating circumstances.


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