By Marion Miner and Pam Westerdahl
On Friday, March 28 the FFG Hiking Group will complete two hikes. We will start at the Rock Island State Park and do a 1.6 mile hike rated easy with one moderate area. From there, we will drive to Burgess Falls State Natural Area where we will eat lunch prior to starting the next hike. The Burgess Falls State Natural Area is on the eastern edge of Tennessee’s Highland Rim, adjacent to the Cumberland Plateau. The area has sheer bluffs, narrow ridges, and rolling water. There are also three great waterfalls. This hike is rated easy and is 1.5 miles long. There are steps down to the falls that could be wet due to the mist from the falls. Please take this into consideration. Total distance for both hikes is just over three miles and we anticipate a return to Fairfield Glade by 2:30 p.m.
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. The amount to reimburse the driver for this hike is $6.
For more information please call the leaders of the hike Tom Cox at 459-2309, Tove Thomas at 287-1399 or Pam Westerdahl at 309-310-2555. Please check out our web site by going to Google and typing in FFG Hiking.