Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

April 9, 2014

Hiking Group goes to Norris Dam Friday

By Linda Barclay and Marion Miner
Sun contributor

CROSSVILLE — On Friday, April 11 the FFG Hiking Group will travel to Norris Dam State Park and TVA property for two easy waterside trails. We will begin with the first mile of the hike which is the TVA’s River Bluff Trail along the Clinch River where an abundance of wildflowers will be in bloom. The second hike is along Clear Creek and should also have wildflowers in bloom. We will have a chance to visit Norris Dam State Park’s Lenoir Museum (free) and eat lunch near the Grist Mill and Threshing Barn. 

Difficulty: The first hike is an in and out trail that is a total of two (2) miles. The second hike is a total of 1.4 miles and is also an in and out.          

Hiking has risks and safety is a high priority on every outing. The hiking group assumes no collective or individual liability for any mishaps. Hiking is at your own risk. Walking on paved and level surfaces does not compare with hiking on uneven trails with elevation gains and losses. Please assess your level of fitness to the difficulty of the hikes so that you can keep up with the group.

Hikers should wear good sturdy hiking boots, be prepared for changes in temperature and weather, carry a day pack with first aid gear, bring insect repellent, and take plenty of water to drink. Be aware of your personal health and know your abilities and limitations. Everybody is different. You are responsible for your own safety during the hike.  

There is a sheet on the bulletin board across from the Fairfield Glade Post Office for people to sign up for the hike. The group will depart from the parking lot closest to the 4-way stop sign in FFG at the corner of Peavine and Stonehenge. Please be there between 7:30 a.m. and 7:45 a.m. to receive information and form carpools. We will leave at 8 a.m. sharp.  Norris Dam is 80 miles one way. The amount to reimburse the driver for this hike is $9. 

For more information please call the leaders of the hike Linda Barclay at 456-2857, Bob Obohoski at 456-4282 or Nancy Brainard at 352-246-7175. Please check out our web site by going to Google and typing in FFG Hiking.