By Marion MINER
For The Vista
On Friday, March 22 the Fairfield Glade Hiking Group will traverse two short hikes to see Natural Bridge and Hazard Cave both located in the Big South Fork Recreation Area.
These natural wonders are only about 65 miles north of Fairfield Glade.
The trails are mostly flat with little elevation change. This is another good hike to determine if you are ready for the longer more rugged hikes of the season. Bring a lunch to eat on the trail and make sure you have plenty of water. You are responsible for your own safety during the hike.
Difficulty: This hike is rated easy and is 5 miles long. There are a few up and down grades on this trail and all trails can have roots and rocks so be careful. Boots are always recommended.
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.
There is a sign up sheet on the bulletin board across from the Fairfield Glade Post Office for people to sign up for the hike. The group will depart from the parking lot closest to the 4-way stop sign in FFG at the corner of Peavine and Stonehenge at 8 A.M. sharp. Please be there between 7:30 and 7:45 A.M. to receive information and form carpools. If you ride with someone else to and from the hike the policy is to reimburse the driver for gas.
The amount to reimburse the driver for this hike is $7 per person. Please have the correct amount.
For more info, call the leaders of the hike Nancy Burleson at 484-6149 or Phil Spencer at 707-8168. Or go to the web and google “FFG Hiking” in their site pops up.