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Northrup Falls Dayhike & Burnt Mill Loop Beginner Backpack
Big South Fork
Saturday, Oct 28, 2017 8:00 AM - Sunday, Oct 29, 2017 5:00 PM
Join Team Green Adventures on this beginner-friendly backpacking trip through Pickett State Park! The section we'll be hiking is a loop through Pickett State Park and features tons of great sights along the way, including waterfalls, overlooks and tons of interesting rock features!
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Come out and enjoy a waterfall dayhike to Northrup Falls, lunch in historic Rugby, Tennessee and overnight in the Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area. We will begin our trip with a 1.3 mile hike to Northrup Falls located in Colditz Cove State Natural Area.  Colditz Cove is a 165-acre natural area located approximately two miles east of Allardt in Fentress County. Its most impressive feature is Northrup Falls. This is one of Tennessee’s most stunning waterfalls plunging more than 60 feet over a protruding rock ledge into a scenic, narrow, gorge along Big Branch Creek. The waterfall is named for the family who settled here and operated a mill above the falls in the 1800s. These high cliffs and “rock houses” (cave-like overhangs) at the falls and along the creek gorge were once used by cliff-dwelling Woodland Indians over 3,000 years ago.  We will then head to the historic English Colony of Rugby for lunch at the Harrow Road Café.  Afterwards, we will continue on to Robbins, Tennessee for an overnight backpack along the Clear Fork River. The Burnt Mill Loop Trail, a section of the Sheltowee Trace & John Muir Trail, is a relatively short and extremely beautiful hike which parallels the Clear Fork River for much of its 3.6-mile length. We will hike a short distance in and setup camp.  Enjoy dinner by the creek and sleeping under the stars. Sunday morning we will hike out passing through a number of rock shelters and along some interesting rock walls, while gradually climbing out of the gorge.  

When: Saturday, October 28th, 2017 8:00am (Carpool) or 10:15am (Colditz Cove State Natural Area)
Where: Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area
Cost: FREE for Members & Non-Members

Trip Leader: Michelle Guess

Difficulty: This is a beginner’s trip. Distance will be less than 5 miles over two days. Do not expect significant elevation gain or loss on either trail. Sunday morning we will have a short 1/3 mile hike out of the gorge then along the plateau heading back down as we loop around the river.

Registration Deadline: Registration closes on Wednesday, October 25th at 3pm.
Group Size Limit: This trip is limited to 10 participants & 2 leaders

Parking: Parking is available for free near the trailhead.


Children Policy: This is a 13 and up event. Children 18 and under must be accompanied by an adult and have prior experience hiking strenuous terrain and longer distances
Dog Policy: Friendly dogs who have prior experience hiking 5 miles are permitted,  but must be on leashes.

Weather Policy: This trip is drizzle or shine. In the event of severe weather, this trip may be postponed. 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


Drive time to trailhead from Nashville: About 2 hours 15 minutes with no time zone change to waterfall. Please note the waterfall hike is in Central Time zone and the backpack hike is in the Eastern time zone. Times referenced are ALL central time in order to save confusion.
Hike Distance: 5 miles total for two days
Estimated Hike Time: Approx. 5 hours total

We will meet at the carpool at 8:00am CST or waterfall trailhead at 10:30am CST. Participants are responsible for their own food and gear. On Saturday we will stop in Rugby for lunch at the café, prices vary $10-$15. You can also bring your lunch with you. Please bring snacks, dinner & water for Saturday on the trail. Sunday morning you will need a light breakfast and snacks for the hike out. Water from the creek will be filtered for group use. Participants are also encouraged to bring a few layers as the evening could be cold.


Registration is required for this event.