On Friday, May 20, the FFG Hiking Group will hike the Piney River Trail. The Piney River Trail is a section of the Cumberland Trail that the group has never done before. The hike follows the river for much of its length for a very pretty hike. It is only about 40 miles for the Glade. This hike is rated moderate as it is 7.2 miles. Please bring your lunch to eat on the trail. 

Difficulty: This trail is in very good shape and not very hard for a 7-mile hike. You will want boots for any wet spots that we might encounter.

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 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 will be 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 four-way stop sign in Fairfield Glade, 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. 

For more information, call the leaders of the hike Linda Barclay, at 456-2857, or Mary deWolf, at 484-6042. Please check out our web site,  http://sites.google.com/site/ffghiking/Home.

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