Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

October 4, 2012

Hiking club to visit majestic waterfalls


CROSSVILLE — On Friday, Oct. 5 the Fairfield Glade Hikers will hike to Big Laurel Falls and then on to Virgin Falls. This will be a two part hike to some of the best waterfalls in Tennessee. Everyone will go about 2.2 miles to Big Laurel Falls. If that is your final destination the return trip is the same mileage with a total of 4.4 miles. Those who feel strong enough can continue on another 2.1 miles to Virgin Falls for a round trip total of 8.6 miles to Virgin Falls. Both falls are fabulous and less than 40 miles away. The hikes are downhill to the falls, and it is uphill most of the way back. Virgin Falls is a Tennessee treasure. Bring lunch to eat on the trail.

Difficulty: This is a moderate plus hike to Big Laurel Falls and strenuous to the Virgin Falls hike. Make sure you are fit enough for each of the hikes. All trails can have roots and rocks so be careful. Boots are always required.

Hiking has risks and safety is a high priority on every outing. Hazards include uneven trails, drop-offs, slippery rocks and roots, stream crossings, wildlife encounters, auto accidents, and more. The hiking group assumes no collective or individual liability for any mishaps.

Boots, or lug soled hiking shoes are necessary to help prevent falls on slippery trails. Always bring water, insect repellent, and rain gear. Remember, all hiking is at your own risk. It is each person’s responsibility to be in good physical condition to attempt this 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 at 8 a.m. sharp. Please be there between 7:30 a.m. and 7:45 a.m. to receive information and form carpools. 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 $5  per person. Please have the correct amount. We hope to be back by approximately 4 p.m. We have map books for sale for $8.

Please call the leader of the hike Linda Barclay at 456-2857 if you have any questions. Please check out our web site by going to Google and typing in FFG Hiking.