Join Team Green Adventures on this intermediate backpacking trip on the Cumberland Trail. We will be traversing the Eagle Bluff section of the Cumberland Mountain Segment. Along the way there’s a wonderland of rock, including two “Great Walls of China” rock walls, massive sandstone cliffs, a stone arch, and numerous rocky lookouts, with vistas of the Powell River Valley, Cumberland Mountain, and on a clear day the Southern Appalachians.! With proper pacing, we will stop at Eagle Bluff for a much deserved lunch, before making our way to the campsite, that offers an optional shelter that was constructed by the CTC in the late 90s by the CTC, for the evening. In the morning there will be some impressive rock formations as well as a staircase built by a local group of Eagle Scouts that ascends a rock face. The wild flower population should still be prevalent on the remainder of the trail. With only half of a mile remaining, we will pass a massive concrete foundation, there is an overlook that provides a view of the scenic CSX Railroad Bridge.
When: Saturday, April 29th at 6:00am (Carpool)
Where: Cumberland Trail - Eagle Bluff Segment
Carpool information will be provided in your confirmation email
Cost: FREE for Members, $5 for Non-Members. Registration required.
Trip Leader: Jerud Colbert & Joseph Broome
Difficulty: This is considered a strenuous trail with some serious elevation changes. Proper footwear should be worn and hiking poles are recommended. Hikers in good physical condition with previous backpacking experience hiking are welcome. There is significant elevation gain and loss on this trail.
Registration Deadline: Wednesday, April 26th at 3:00pm, while spots are available
Group Limit: Limited to 6 participants plus 2 trip leaders
Parking: There is free parking available in the trailhead parking lot
Children Policy: This trip is limited to participants 18 years and up who have prior experience hiking strenuous terrain and longer distances.
Dog Policy: Friendly dogs on leashes who have prior experience hiking 8+ miles are permitted
Weather Policy: This trip is drizzle or shine. In the event of severe weather, this trip may be postponed or cancelled. Participants will be notified of any changes due to weather the week leading up to the event by their trip leader.
Cancellation Policy: If you register and can no longer make it, please email TeamGreen@Lightning100.com
ABOUT THE TRAIL
Drive time to trailhead from Nashville: About 3 hours with a time change into the Eastern Time Zone
Hike Distance: Approx. 12 miles
Hike Elevation Gain: Approx. 3,400 Feet
Estimated Hike Time: Approx 12 hours (8hrs on Saturday, 4 hours on Sunday)
We will meet at the carpool Saturday, at 6am CST, begin hiking by 10am CST. Plan on returning to Nashville around 4-5pm on Sunday. You will need to supply your own meals, snacks, and water. (There may be a communal surprise dessert around the campfire Saturday night) group dinner on the way home is optional. There are NO water sources or restrooms at the trailhead. Please pack water ahead of time.
Registration is required for this event.