Intermediate Backpacking: Chickamauga

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Bandy Creek Visitor Center Sat, Oct 13, 2018 6:00 AM - Sun, Oct 14, 2018 5:00 PM
Bandy Creek Visitor Center Fri, Nov 1, 2019 7:00 AM - Sun, Nov 3, 2019 3:00 PM



We usually plan on a trip to Eagle's Bluff this time of year, but it's looking like water won't be readily available on the trail. As a precaution, we're going to make the Chickamauga trail our fall tradition. Overall, it exhibits similar qualities including breathtaking views of fall foliage.

Some commonly asked questions:

Q1. Does this new section have breathtaking views of fall colors?  Yes.  Yes it does.
Q2. Does this new section have big elevation changes that will challenge my fitness level?  Yes.  It is literally uphill both ways.
Q3. Does this new section have a private waterfall at our campsite?  Yes.  Yes it does.

When: Saturday - Sunday, October 13th - 14th at 6:00 am (Carpool), 11:00 am (Trailhead)
Where: Cumberland Trail - Chickamauga
Carpool information will be provided in your confirmation email
Cost: Free event

Trip Leader: Jerud Colbert

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.
Group Limit: Limited to 10 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 can handle the mileage and terrain.
Dog Policy: Friendly dogs on leashes with prior hiking experience are welcome.
Weather Policy: This trip is drizzle or shine. In the event of severe weather, this trip may be postponed or cancelled.
Cancellation Policy: If you register and need to cancel, please email


Drive time to trailhead from Nashville: About 3 hours with a time change into the Eastern Time Zone
Hike Distance: Approx. 8.4  miles (4.2 per day)
Hike Elevation Gain: 500 feet loss and gain (literally uphill both ways)
Estimated Hike Time: Approx 12 hours (8hrs on Saturday, 4 hours on Sunday) 


Registration is required for this event. If you have any questions please email


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