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Muddy Boots Hike - John Muir Trail 152 -- Childers Creek to Big Bend
Lakeside Real Estate Group
100 Chota Center
Loudon, Tennessee 37774
(865) 458-9600

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Monday, July 12, 2021, 8:00 AM EST
Category: New Villagers

Muddy Boots Hike John Muir Trail 152 -- Childers Creek to Big Bend

MUDDY BOOTS HIKING GROUP

John Muir Trail

Big Bend to Childers Creek, Reliance, TN

Monday, July 12, 2021

(Rain Date- July 19, 2021)

Depart Chota Center, Lakeside Realty Parking Lot, 8:00 AM 

 

Rating: MOSTLY EASY 

Distance:   5 miles total

Elevation gain: (the total of uphill climbing) 300 ft. 

Change in elevation: (difference between high point and low point) 100 feet   

Hike Leader(s):  Louise Williams & Debe Symanski

Hike Coordinator(s):  Carol & Pat Gilles, 860-917-8852, [email protected] 

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE HIKE

This is a 2.5-mile out and back hike between the Big Bend Recreation Area walking west towards the Childers Creek Trailhead. The trail follows the Hiawassee River with rock bluffs, during water releases this section of the river is a favorite area for floaters and kayakers. This hike is considered an easy hike, but does have one short area that is narrow and very rocky.  It is an excellent area for flowers and birds.

HIKING BOOTS AND HIKING STICKS ARE RECOMMENDED.    

Bring ample water and trail snack if desired.  

 

RESTROOM AND PARKING INFORMATION:  

 

There is ample parking and a pit toilet at the Big Bend Rec Area entrance.  

 

DRIVING DIRECTIONS FROM T.V. VISTORS CENTER TO BIG RIDGE STATE PARK:

Go South on 444/Tellico Pkwy for 6 miles.  Turn left onto TN-72E for 6 miles. Turn right onto US-411S toward Madisonville for 7.2 miles.  In Madisonville, turn South onto TN-68S. toward Tellico Plains.  In 11.9 miles, just before Tellico Plains, turn right onto TN39W/Mecca Pike, proceed 3.8 mi.  Turn left onto TN-315S, proceed 13.3 miles to Perry Branch Rd. where you will veer to the left from the highway  (this turn is difficult to find as it is more like going straight off of TN315 when the main highway bends to the right, the road sign is mounted on top of the stop sign). Proceed on Perry Branch Rd 0.5 miles, at the Reliance Fly and Tackle store, turn left onto Childers Creek/Powerhouse Rd. Continue on Powerhouse Rd for 1 mile, veering right at the signage for the Rec Area (do not go left toward the Mtn Springs Lodging).  The Big Creek Recreation area will be on your right in 0.8 miles.  

Important Note: if you reach the Hiawassee BBQ restaurant you have driven too far, to correct simply turn left after the BBQ restaurant and proceed until you get to the Fly and Tackle shop where you turn right on Powerhouse Road and rejoin the directions

General Info:  We encouraging carpooling for anyone who is comfortable riding together.  We all enjoy pets, but, please leave your dogs at home.

 

MUDDY BOOTS HIKING GROUP 2021 COORDINATORS:

Lisa Worner, 319-269-4839, [email protected] / Don Worner, 913-912-2984, [email protected]  

Carol Gilles, 860-917-8852, [email protected] / Pat Gilles, 860-917-9876, [email protected]

 

 

Muddy Boots Coordinators:

Carol Gilles       Ph: 860-917-8852 / [email protected]
Pat Gilles          Ph: 860-917-9876 / [email protected]

 


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