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#3298430 - 07/22/13 09:12 AM Help! Backpacking trips in Middle Tennessee
BirdDog123
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Registered: 08/17/12
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Hey guys,

I have been having a hard time trying to find some good backcountry or backpacking trips in Middle Tennessee. I am looking for a 3-4 day trip. I live in Franklin/Nashville area and was hoping to find something within 90 minutes.

Does anyone have any good suggestions? I am trying to leave Wednesday.

Thanks!!

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#3298454 - 07/22/13 09:33 AM Re: Help! Backpacking trips in Middle Tennessee [Re: BirdDog123]
BuckHunter511
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Gotta go east my friend, near the smokies. You could maybe do a 2 day trip at Virgin Falls here in Cumberland County ! great trails! Ever thought about doing a section of the Cumberland Trail? or anything in the Big South Fork?
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#3298620 - 07/22/13 11:35 AM Re: Help! Backpacking trips in Middle Tennessee [Re: BuckHunter511]
BirdDog123
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Yeah Big South Fork was where I was headed if I couldn't find anything closer. I got a huge topo from when I thought I would go out there for a hog hunt. Maybe I'll just grab a back country permit Wednesday and head out that way.
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#3300255 - 07/23/13 10:02 PM Re: Help! Backpacking trips in Middle Tennessee [Re: BirdDog123]
eightpointer
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Another vote for Virgin Falls. We did it when I was many years younger in the Explorers. Of course it rained.
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#3301867 - 07/25/13 01:23 PM Re: Help! Backpacking trips in Middle Tennessee [Re: eightpointer]
Brisco Darlin
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savage gulf state park. fierry gizzard trail.
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#3306161 - 07/30/13 07:26 AM Re: Help! Backpacking trips in Middle Tennessee [Re: Brisco Darlin]
whiskey
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Big South Fork is well worth the drive. Stop at the ranger station and tell them how many days/miles you want to hike and they will help you map a route that will be a great hike. They will let you know how the water levels are too. You could hike a couple days without seeing anyone, so if you are hiking alone, be cautious.

Savage Gulf is supposed to be great too.
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#3306739 - 07/30/13 03:58 PM Re: Help! Backpacking trips in Middle Tennessee [Re: whiskey]
Brisco Darlin
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whiskey,
savage gulf is great. the southern part is probably less crowded than the stone door side. old coach trail is pretty rough but the gulf has some of the largest virgin timber around.
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#3313509 - 08/06/13 12:09 PM Re: Help! Backpacking trips in Middle Tennessee [Re: BirdDog123]
Buzzard Breath
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Hey BirdDog123,

I cleaned out my PM's and lost your contact info. I'm headed out to LBL for the opening weekend of squirrel season to do a backcountry squirrel hunt. Shoot me a PM if you're interested.

Buzz

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#3326132 - 08/17/13 09:13 PM Re: Help! Backpacking trips in Middle Tennessee [Re: Buzzard Breath]
The ScubaCamper
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I did a 30-mile loop in Savage Gulf years ago - it's a great one to go on...10 miles in, there's a primitive cabin with a fireplace and many cots.

Definitely sign it at the rangers' station though!

There's also some good hiking in the Conasauga Wilderness, which is near Cohutta, GA (near Chattanooga)
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#3330108 - 08/21/13 07:04 AM Re: Help! Backpacking trips in Middle Tennessee [Re: The ScubaCamper]
G8rntn
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Any way to hike fall creek falls for a few day???
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