By Marion Miner
On Friday, Oct. 18 we will travel to Dayton, TN where we will hike on a portion of the Cumberland Trail to Buzzard Point. The trail starts near Dayton in the Bowater Pocket Wilderness. Buzzard Point is a fabulous overlook. There are many rock formations and viewing positions that will require us to linger and enjoy our own lunch as we take in the vistas. Remember to bring plenty of water and snacks if you desire. As we ascend to the overlook, we will pass old coal mining and coke producing areas and three 50 foot bridges.
Difficulty: This is a 6.5 mile hike that is rated moderate plus due to the elevation change.
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 $6 per person. Please have the correct amount. We should be back to The Glade by approximately 4 p.m.
If you have any questions, call the leader of the hike Gary Ruetenik at 337-7921. Please check out our web site by going to Google and typing in FFG Hiking.