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#2867440 - 07/06/12 09:08 AM Overnight hiking recommendations in SE TN
caseyb73
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I'm looking for a place to take my kids (teenagers) hiking where we can camp overnight and then hike back the next day. I know Prentice Cooper has a pretty good loop, but I was wondering if anyone could recommend some other areas. Scenery and wildlife would be a huge plus!
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#2867609 - 07/06/12 12:42 PM Re: Overnight hiking recommendations in SE TN [Re: caseyb73]
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Anywhere along the cumberland plateau. Check out the south cumberland state park and the Stone Door. http://state.tn.us/environment/parks/SouthCumberland/ They have a ton of trails and back country camping. There are also some waterfall hikes you can do that are easy 1 hour hikes.
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#2867677 - 07/06/12 01:55 PM Re: Overnight hiking recommendations in SE TN [Re: wildb1]
stik
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anywhere in the cherokee national forest.
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#2867679 - 07/06/12 01:58 PM Re: Overnight hiking recommendations in SE TN [Re: stik]
Brisco Darlin
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savage gulf state park.
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#2867852 - 07/06/12 05:00 PM Re: Overnight hiking recommendations in SE TN [Re: stik]
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 Originally Posted By: stik
anywhere in the cherokee national forest.
Defenitely here or Cohutta wilderness. Close drive from Chattanooga.
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#2868482 - 07/07/12 11:19 AM Re: Overnight hiking recommendations in SE TN [Re: CATCHDAWG]
whiskey
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South Cumberland is a good area, but being in a drought and since it's hot as all get out, be careful of the water situation. I called the rangers there last week and lots of normal watering holes are dry. It is also deer fly season and they were relentless in Big South Fork this week. I cut my trip short due to the flies and dry conditions.

Walls of Jericho is a nice long day hike with some swimming opportunities.

Just be sure to check on the water situation and plan for around 4 liters or more per person per day.
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#2868771 - 07/07/12 06:42 PM Re: Overnight hiking recommendations in SE TN [Re: whiskey]
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i agree with whiskey abou the water situation. you get down in the gulf and you might find pockets of water here and there , but with this drought i'm sure it's bad.
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#2868794 - 07/07/12 07:18 PM Re: Overnight hiking recommendations in SE TN [Re: Brisco Darlin]
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The Tellico area has some good trails to hike on. There are several that you can hike through an area to a pick-up point at a different access. Like others have said, take plenty of water and in the Cherokee keep an eye out for rattlers and bears.
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#2868905 - 07/07/12 10:52 PM Re: Overnight hiking recommendations in SE TN [Re: Beekeeper]
eightpointer
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http://www.tn.gov/environment/na/natareas/virgin/
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#2869124 - 07/08/12 11:10 AM Re: Overnight hiking recommendations in SE TN [Re: eightpointer]
caseyb73
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Thanks, everyone!
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