The trail begins in the parking area to the left of the Bald River Falls. The portion leading up to the picnic area at the top of the Falls is paved . Once you reach the top of the ridge, the trail levels out and follows the river to where it flows under FS126. Shortly before this there is a small waterfall/large cascade, a nice place for lunch. It is 4.8 miles to this point and about 5.6 miles to FS126. The total elevation gain is about 500 feet, a gentle but somewhat long hike. The total trip is about 11 miles. The hike is rated as moderately difficult due to the mileage.
We will meet in the Central Baptist Church of Bearden parking lot for car-pooling and leave at 8:30 am and stop at the Walmart Supercenter, South of Maryville at 2410 US-411, meeting at the front of the parking lot nearest US-411, and leave there at 9:15 am for those who would prefer to meet there. We recommend shoes to wear to and from the hike plus sturdy hiking shoes, other weather appropriate clothing, a snack, a drink and a camera. We recommend that riders in a carpool pay the driver 5 cents for each mile. Round trip distance from Knoxville is 144 miles ($.05 x 144 = $7.20) or from Walmart the distance is 103 miles ($.05 x 10 3=5.15).
After the hike, depending on the time, we may stop on the way back for a meal and/or refreshments. For specific information about the hike please contact Tom at 588-5622 or leave a message or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org before July 12th.
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