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Smoky Mountains

Hiking Club

Sampson Mountain Wilderness, Cherokee National Forest

  • 11/11/2023
  • 7:00 AM
  • Cracker Barrel, 1510 Cracker Barrel Lane, Strawberry Plains, TN


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This loop hike will explore an area rarely visited by the club. The hike starts at the Horse Creek Recreational Area in the Greene County portion of the Cherokee National Forest. We will quickly cross Horse Creek on a bridge and enter the Sampson Mountain Wilderness. Traveling past an A-Frame house we will soon come to a trail intersection and take a right, then another intersection and take a left to ascend the steep Middle Springs Ridge Trail. We’ll take a right at the intersection with Turkeypen Cove Trail and follow the ridge of Middle Spring Ridge Trail eventually to the Appalachian Trail. We’ll go right on the AT and explore Views on Coldspring Mountain and descend either FS-94 or the more scenic Sarvis Cove Trail, depending on recent rainfall. The descent will involve crossing Horse Creek unbridged. This is a difficult hike of 11 miles, and you will get wet. Meet at the Cracker Barrel Strawberry Plains (I-40 exit # 398, 1510 Cracker Barrel Lane) ready to leave at 7:00am. Drive: 140 miles round trip {@7¢=$10.00}.

Leader: Mark Shipley

Leader contact information is included under Additional Information in the email you receive after registration.

For information about the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, visit the NPS website or call the information line at (865) 436-1200.

Smoky Mountains Hiking Club

PO Box 51592

Knoxville, TN 37950-1592

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