The Fairfield Glade Hiking Club will begin its spring 2006 season on Friday, March 10, with the first of 13 great hikes. This informal group of people hikes every Friday, weather permitting, until early June. Listed below is a preliminary schedule of hikes. There is a sign-up sheet posted on the Fairfield Glade post office bulletin board the week before each hike for those interested to sign up. People are expected to be able to complete the hikes they sign up to take; roughly to be able to hike five miles. Please sign up with your phone number as well as your name, in case the hike is changed or canceled.

All hikes start at the parking lot across from the Recreation Center at 8 a.m. unless otherwise noted, in order to set up car pools. Riders share the gasoline expense. Always wear good hiking shoes and carry a day pack with first aid gear and plenty of water to drink. For more information, call Bob or Helen Callis, 707-8177.

* indicates a new club hike

March 10 — Black Mountain: 3 1/2 miles easy; figure 8 at the top of the mountain — one of the best overlooks in eastern Tennessee. Leader: Helen Callis, 707-8177.

Optional hike: down the mountain to Cox Valley Rd. on the Cumberland Trail

4 1/4 miles moderate, includes the overlook. Leader: Bob Callis, 707-8177.

Lunch for both groups at Cumberland Mountain State Park after the hikes.

March 17 — Piney Creek Falls: near Grandview; two waterfalls, one which we walk behind on the trail; optional climb up the bluff with a rope assist; 2 1/2 miles, easy; sack lunch on the trail. Leaders: Terry and Pam Brophy, 707-7234.

March 24 — Fall Creek Falls State Park: Woodland Trail to the falls; 3 miles, easy; plus optional 0.4 miles to the bottom of the falls; rated moderate; eat at the park lodge after hike. Leaders: Jim and Josette Williams, 459-2132.

March 31 — Honey Creek: short loop to the overlook; 3 miles, moderate; then drive to Colditz Cove; nice waterfall we walk behind; 2 1/2 miles easy. Lunch in Jamestown after the hikes. Leaders: Karla Miller, 707-5502, and Dick Mavity, 484-2227.

April 6-7 — *Overnight trip: University of the South (Sewanee); architecture on campus is unique; interesting hike in the Domain; lunch in the university cafeteria; stay overnight at a Manchester motel; then next day hike the Old Stone Fort: three waterfalls; 2000 year old ruins; museum; 3 1/2 miles easy/moderate. Leaders: Helen and Bob Callis, 707-8177.

April 14 — Laurel Falls: near Dayton; nice waterfall; 5 1/2 miles moderate. Leader: George Piland, 707-9940. Optional short hike: Richland Creek (from the same trailhead); pretty stream up to the old reservoir; 3 miles easy. Leader: Sara Piland, 707-9940. Eat at the Heartland Grill after hikes.

April 21 — Frozen Head State Park: wildflower hike; 6 miles moderate/strenuous; with elevation gain of 1,000 feet; sack lunch on the trail. Picture taking group leader: John Milligan, 456-2929. Normal hike group leader: Bill Godsey, 456-8109.

April 28 — Angel Falls Overlook: in the Big South Fork; great overlook; 6 miles moderate; Leader: Phil Spencer, 707-8168. Optional short hike: Angel Falls Rapids: 4 miles easy; nature guide hike. Leader: Bob Emrick, 484-9341. Sack lunch on the trail for both hikes.

May 5 — Smoky Mountains National Park: Finley Cane Trail near Cades Cove; 6 1/2 miles moderate with 500 foot elevation gain; sack lunch on the trail; car shuttle. Leaders: Bob and Helen Callis, 707-8177.

May 12 — *Possum Creek: segment of the Cumberland Trail, near Soddy Daisy; 6 miles moderate; sack lunch on the trail. Leaders: Ray and Marion Miner, 456-9265.

May 19 — *Pickett State Park: Hidden Passage Trail to the RR tunnel; 4 1/2 miles easy/moderate; includes overlook; sack lunch on the trail. Leaders: Eve Pry, 456-1338, and Dick Mavity, 484-2227.

May 26 — Savage Gulf: South Cumberland Recreation Area; three short hikes to three waterfalls; 6 miles total; moderate. Leaders: Gary and Doris Ruetenik, 484-0824.

June 2 — *Middle Creek Trail: in the Big South Fork; 3 1/2 miles easy/moderate; club picnic after the hike at Pickett State Park; bring a favorite dish to share and the club will furnish the hot dogs, buns, and condiments. This is a great way to end the spring hiking season. Leaders: Gordon and Joann Fraser, 456-1929.

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