Join us for a hike in the lovely Laurel-Snow State Natural Area near Dayton, TN. Five-mile out and back hike with a vertical rise and fall of around 800 feet. The trail to Laurel Falls is moderately difficult and the boulders below the falls can be slick and difficult to navigate, but you do not need to go all the way to the foot of the falls to enjoy a view of it. Much of the trail to the falls follows an old logging and coal-haul railroad pathway because this area was extensively logged and mined between the late 1800s and the 1940s. However, the landscape has recovered magnificently and the hardwood forest is now lush and mature. Must pre-register by emailing Jerry Thornton at firstname.lastname@example.org
Only if all participants agree, there are options for a longer hike to an overlook beyond Laurel Falls or to Buzzard Point or Snow Falls on the west side of Richland Creek. These options would add considerable distance and difficulty to the hike.