This hike includes energizing climbs and spring flowers. We'll park at the Old Mac trailhead parking and walk about a mile up the Flat Fork road to the Panther Branch trail. We'll stroll past DeBord Falls, taking time to admire it, and hike up the rocky trail to Emory Falls before returning to Panther Branch trail. We'll continue upward on Panther Branch trail to North Old Mac, enjoying both flowers, sections of rough trail and aerobic climbs. We then follow North Old Mac down to the Old Mac trailhead. Depending on weather and flowers, we may choose to add a small loop of Judge Branch-South Old Mac, for an extra 2 miles. Hike 7 - 9.5 miles. Moderate, but includes some steep grades and rough, rocky trails. 1800 feet total elevation gain.
Meet 7:45am at Books A Million, 310 S Illinois Ave, Oak Ridge, TN 37830, or Old Mac Trailhead parking area, Frozen Head State Park at 8:30am. ($2.50 payable to driver for carpooling @ $.05)
Pre-registration is required. Masks are now required for all those participating in carpools, shuttles or key swaps, regardless of vaccination status. You may also choose to drive your own vehicle to the trailhead.
Leaders: Claudia Dean & Jean Gauger
Leader contact information is included under Additional Information in the email you receive after registration.
Smoky Mountains Hiking Club
PO Box 51592
Knoxville, TN 37950-1592