This is a "Y" shaped out and back hike within the 710-acre Laurel-Snow State Natural Area, (formerly Bowater Pocket Wilderness) near Dayton, TN. In the future the trail will connect to the 300-mile Cumberland Trail. The Laurel-Snow CT Section contains an area of gorges deeply cut into Walden Ridge of the Cumberland Plateau by Morgan, Henderson, Laurel, and Richland Creeks and is named after two scenic waterfalls, Laurel Falls (80 feet) and Snow Falls (35 feet). This hike features scenic creeks, steep gorges, geologic features, a small stand of virgin timber, and a wide variety of plants and animals but will exclude Snow Falls due to the required shallow ford crossing of Morgan Creek. Lunch will be at Buzzard Point which offers views of the gorge and the Tennessee River Valley. Total 10.6 miles, about 1700 feettotal gain. Rated Moderate. Meet at Lowe’s, 1800 Roane State Hwy, Harriman, TN which is near I-40 at Midtown exit, Exit 350. Be ready to leave at 8:00 am. The carpool drive is 42 miles, 1hour. Total round trip is 84 miles @ 0.10/mile = $8.40 total. Those not carpooling should meet at the Laurel-Snow Trailhead ready to hike at 9:15. (1098 Pocket Wilderness Rd #100, Dayton TN).
Leader: Larry Johnson
Leader contact information is included under Additional Information in the email you receive after registration.
Smoky Mountains Hiking Club
PO Box 51592
Knoxville, TN 37950-1592