By MARION MINER
For The Vista
On Friday, May 31, the Fairfield Glade Hiking Group will hike to the Angel Falls Overlook.
The hike begins by crossing the Cumberland River at the low-water bridge at Leatherwood Ford in the Big South Fork Recreation Area.
They will continue downstream 1.9 miles to Fall Branch. From Fall Branch the trail climbs approximately 500 feet in elevation to reach the Angel Falls Rapid Overlook.
The length of the hike is 5.6 miles round trip and is rated moderate plus. Bring a lunch to eat on the trail and make sure you have plenty of water.
Difficulty: Most trail books and hike reviews, as well as the National Park Service, rate this hike as moderate.
There are some pretty steady up-hills to the top and for this reason they rate it moderate +. At almost 6 miles long it is a little tougher than their normal moderate rated hikes. They always recommend that you wear boots.
Next week’s hike is the last for the spring season. They will hike and then have their semi-annual picnic at the Methodist church in the Glade. Think about what you want to bring. They will provide the hot dogs.
The group will depart from the parking lot closest to the 4-way stop sign in Fairfield Glade at the corner of Peavine and Stonehenge at 8 A.M. SHARP. Please be there between 7:30 A.M. and 7:45 A.M. to receive information and form carpools.
If you ride with someone else to and from the trip the policy is to reimburse the driver for gas. The amount to reimburse the driver for this trip is $7 per person. Please have the correct amount.
They hope to be back around 3 P.M.
Call the leaders for the hike Tom Cox at 459-2309 and Jim Lamb at 484-5991 if you have any questions. You can visit us on the web by typing “FFG Hiking” in Google and our site pops up.
Hiking has risks and safety is a high priority on every outing. Hazards include uneven trails, drop-offs, slippery rocks, stream crossings, wildlife encounters, auto accidents, and more. The hiking group assumes no collective or individual liability for any mishaps. Hiking is at your own risk.
Participants in the hikes should be in good physical condition. Walking on paved and level surfaces does not compare with hiking on uneven trails with elevation gains and losses.
Please assess your level of fitness to the difficulty of the hike so that you can keep up with the group.
If you experience any difficulties during a hike, let one of the hike leaders know.
Hikers should wear good sturdy hiking shoes, be prepared for changes in temperature and weather, carry a day pack with first aid gear, bring insect repellent, and take plenty of water to drink.
You are responsible for your own safety during the hike.