Wildflowers, Waterfalls and Sunset Dinner Cruise - Sat, May 21 2011

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Wildflowers, Waterfalls and Sunset Dinner Cruise

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Cumberland Trail Rock Creek Loop and Chattanooga
Date(s) & Time:Sat, May 21 2011  11:30 am >> N/A  (Carpool Departure: 8:45 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Tue, Apr 5 2011 7:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Mon, Apr 18 2011 10:00 pm
Event Duration:15 hours
Difficulty Rating:D3: Moderate
Trip Leader(s):
Lisa Maldonado
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Member Cost:$35.00/Person (See Detailed Cost Info Below)

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:20
Minimum Group Size:8
Number Registered So Far: 22 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No

Come out and enjoy a beautiful hike on the Cumberland Trail Rock Creek Loop. Then get ready for an urban hike if time permits and and a Sunset Dinner Cruise on the Tennessee River.

We will begin our journey on The Rock Creek Loop Trail.
The scenic loop descends into Rock Creek Gorge and affords a number of scenic overlooks and waterfalls. Wildflowers are especially beautiful on this trail in the spring and early summer. The Chance to see eagles and the endangered plant Large Flowered Skullcap are among the attractions of a hike along the Rock Creek Segment of the Cumberland Trail. This hike will be about 6 miles.
After finishing on the Rock Creek Trail we will drive to Chattanooga for a Sunset Cruise Aboard The Blue Moon. If time permits we will walk around Chattanooga. Boarding Time is at 5:30 PM. The Cruise departs at 6:00 PM and lasts for 2 1/2 hours.
Dinner is included in the cost. Dinner is a choice of  Bar-b-que Chicken or pulled Pork, Coleslaw, Potato Salad, Brownies, Tea
The Blue Moon has a full bar to purchase adult beverages. Please keep in mind that if you are the driver please do not drink alcohol.

"Enjoy a relaxing evening cruise aboard the Blue Moon as we experience the Tennessee River at that magical time of day as the sun goes down.
As we cruise, you will be able to enjoy historical narration by Captain Dave on Native Americans, the War Between the States and other fascinating local history.

Our slow relaxing pace and on-board binoculars allow opportunities to view the diverse wildlife along the river. The lights of the city and nighttime on the river set a serene and magical atmosphere for the return trip.

The intimate atmosphere along with the view of the Tennessee River Gorge and Chattanooga's city lights makes this an unforgettable private-yacht experience"

The cruise is over at 9:30 PM

Required Items to Bring:
Good Hiking Boots
Trail Snacks
Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.
Hiking Poles
Money for drinks on the boat

How to Get There:
Event Directions:TBA for hike
Dinner Cruise:

To get to Chattanooga, TN:

  • From Atlanta, GA: take I-75 N to I-24 W
  • from Birmingham, AL: take I-59 N to I-24E
  • from Knoxville, TN: take I-75 S to I-24 W
  • from Nashville, TN: take I-24 E


From I-24 in Chattanooga:

  • Take I-24 to downtown Chattanooga; take exit for US Hwy 27N.
  • Take exit 1-A (MLK Blvd); turn left at bottom of exit.
  • Follow MLK Blvd until it deadends at Riverfront Parkway
  • Turn right onto Riverfront Parkway - go less than 1/2 mile
  • The City Pier is directly across from Power Alley. Power Alley is the street one block left of Chestnut Street. The Pier where the Blue Moon is docked is directly across the street from the pay lots at Ross’s Landing/City Pier.

  • Once Riverfront Pkwy turns into one lane you will see parking on the right. When using the pay lot, we suggest you choose the $5 all-day ticket (a 4-hour ticket is only $1 less). This ensures that you do not receive a ticket if we encounter a delay in getting you back to the dock.
  • Parking along the street is FREE after 4:30 PM.
Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):220Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 8:45 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $88.00 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.

There is free parking in Chattanooga on the street but your drive may have to park in the paid lot.
Please remember to split the parking fee of $5
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Cost & Payment:
Member Cost:$35.00/Person
Cost Includes:Sunset Cruise and Dinner.
Payment Cut Off:Payment must be received by the AOC on Mon, Apr 18 2011.
Make a Payment:Click here for the details. PLEASE PAY AFTER YOU HAVE SIGNED UP BELOW.

Cancellation/Partial Attendance:   Please review the AOC cancellation policy.
*Note: Cancellations before April 19th get a full refund minus the $5 AOC administrative fee.
Cancellations After April 19th will only be refunded if a member takes your place. Full payment is due to the Blue Moon company for this event on April 20th. You must have checks or paypal payments in by the 19th with no exceptions. The best way to pay is Go to The My Upcoming Events link under events. There will be al list of all your upcoming events. Click on the "Pay Now" button. Your payment will automatically be recorded.