Saturday, March 20, 2010

Southeastern Foot Trails Coalition Biennial Conference

The Southeastern Foot Trails Coalition will hold its biennial conference in Tennessee the weekend of May 20 - 23, 2010. The conference will be based at the DuBose Conference Center in Monteagle, TN.

Members of hiking and trail building organizations from across the southeastern United States, partners of the coalition and any other interested parties will gather in Tennessee for a weekend of hiking, education, fun and celebration of the foot trails experience. Several guided hikes of varying length and difficulty will be offered in nearby locations. Simultaneously, at DuBose Center, there will be a series of educational sessions of varying length on tracks which address needs and interests of the hiking and trails community. Social activities will provide opportunities to share in fun with other participants and make new friends in the "trails community".

The DuBose Center is located about an hour northwest of Chattanooga, a mile off Interstate 24.

The following are the hikes scheduled in conjunction with the conference:

Thursday 1:00 pm

1 - Grundy Forest Day Loop...Sycamore Falls, 3 miles

2 - Savage Gulf Day Loop...Savage Falls, 4.2 miles

3 - Bridal Veil Falls and University of the South Campus, 4 miles

Friday 8:00 am

1 - Fiery Gizzard, 12.8 miles

2 - Raven Point, 9 miles

3 - Grundy Forest Day Loop, 3 miles

4 – Cloudland Canyon State Park, GA...Rim Trail, 5.0 miles

5 - South Rim Trail, Savage Gulf, 5.8 miles

Saturday 9:00 am

USAF Arnold Engineer Development Center
Hike/Ride to several natural and historic features

Sunday 1:00 pm

1 - Sewanee Perimeter Trail, Length TBA

2 - Franklin Forest...Tom Pack Falls, 5.5 miles

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