Due to the rain on April 4, we have rescheduled that hike and are going to do the Old Stone Fort hike on Friday, April 25. We will hike the perimeter trail around Old Stone Fort, which was named by early European settlers because of the appearance and construction of a walled area. We will see the remains of a mounded earthwork enclosure built by the Middle Woodland Indians. Archaeologists suggest the area was used as an Indian ceremonial site and was begun nearly 2,000 year ago. We will walk beside the Duck River, which has several waterfalls. The wildflowers should be blooming abundantly. There is a museum at the start of the trail which houses some of the few artifacts from the area. There is also a restroom there. Bring lunch to eat after the hike. Always remember to bring plenty of water.
Difficulty: The hike is rated easy and is 3.5 miles long. There are two steep climbs of approximately 150 feet and a couple of sections where we will encounter rocks and roots. The ticks are already out so be sure to spray.
Hiking has risks and safety is a high priority on every outing. Hazards include uneven trails, drop-offs, slippery rocks, stream crossings, wildlife encounters, auto accidents, and more. The hiking group assumes no collective or individual liability for any mishaps. Hiking is at your own risk.
Participants in the hikes should be in good physical condition. 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 hike so that you can keep up with the group. If you experience any difficulties during a hike, let one of the hike leaders know. Hikers should wear good sturdy hiking shoes, 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. 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. If you ride with someone else to and from the hike the policy is to reimburse the driver for gas. The amount to reimburse the driver for this hike is $9 per person. Please have the correct amount. We have name badges for sale as well as map books that have information on how to get to the trailhead of some of our old and favorite hikes. The cost of the books is $8.
For more information, please call the leaders of the hike Mary and Roger Listenberger at 456-9599 if you have any questions. You can visit us on the web by typing “FFG Hiking” in Google and our site pops up.