Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

August 1, 2013

Tennessee Trails take on Caney Fork River in August


CROSSVILLE — The Plateau Chapter of the Tennessee Trails Association has announced its hiking plans for August. There is a leaderless hike (typically five to seven miles) every Wednesday morning. For additional information, contact Bill Harris at 484-9152 or visit the Plateau Chapter Blog at Check blog for cancelations or changes before hiking.

Thursday, Aug. 8. — Chapter meeting at 6:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church Annex, 69 Neecham St., Crossville.  The program will be on hemlock and other tree issues by Douglas Godbee, Tennessee Department of Agriculture, Division of Forestry. Dinner will be at LaCosta Mexican Restaurant, 138 The Crossings, Crossville, at 5 pm. Contact Chapter Chair Cheryl Heckler at or 456-6437 for additional information.

Aug. 10 — Lilly Bridge Overlook and Point Trail, Obed Wild and Scenic River, Wartburg. They will hike to the Lilly Bridge Overlook and then go along a ridge to a point above where Clear Creek and the Obed River join. This will give them a total distance of about five miles. The trail is easy most of the way, but is rated moderate due to some elevation gain. They will also explore the Lilly Boulders. Meet at the southwest corner of Vanity Fair shopping center parking lot at 7 a.m. For more information and to register, contact Cheryl Heckler or 456-6437. 

Aug. 24 — Canoe/kayak trip, Caney Fork River, Silver Point. Six-mile float with a three-mile car shuttle. This is an easy, Class 1 float down the Caney Fork River from below the dam to the take out point at Happy Hollow boat access. Along the way, they will pass through wooded areas, pastures and see some rock bluffs. Swimming and fishing are possible. As most of the members own canoes or kayaks, they do not plan to rent boats.

Since the water generation schedule depends on numerous factors, they may not know until the night before if they will be able to float the Caney Fork River. If the generation schedule permits, they will put in below the dam at the Buffalo Valley Access at 9 a.m. If it is not possible to float the Caney Fork due to the amount of water being released from the dam, the back-up plan is to go to Cumberland Mountain State Park and explore the lake and Byrd Creek. Swimming is not allowed in the lake at Cumberland Mountain State Park, but a swimming pool is available.

As plans are subject to change, registration is required. Please register by Wednesday, Aug. 21. Bring lunch, snacks, water shoes and life jackets. Meet behind Cracker Barrel at 8 a.m. to carpool. Co-leaders will be Don Taylor and Carolyn Miller. Email or call Carolyn at, 260-6674 or 839-3213.