For The Vista
On Friday, April 12, the Fairfield Glade Hikers will drive to Fall Creek Falls State Park where they will take the Gorge Trail to Fall Creek Falls — which is the highest waterfall in the eastern United States at 256-feet high.
Off this main trail are several short trails to overlooks of Cane Creek Falls. For those hikers that are in good condition they can hike an additional 8/10 mile round trip to the bottom of the falls.
With the recent rains that we have had it should be in full force. Theywill begin and end at the Nature Center. The group hopes to retain the services of a local Ranger to explain the flora and fauna of the area.
There will be two options for lunch. You can bring your own and sit at one of the many picnic tables in the area or you can have lunch at the park restaurant. Bring your camera. Remember they have map books for sale.
Difficulty: This is an easy hike of three miles. There are a lot of roots and stones on this hike. There is also a suspension bridge and 70 steps after that to get to the top of the falls. 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 hikes so that you can keep up with the group.
Hikers should wear good sturdy hiking boots, 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.
Be aware of your personal health and know your abilities and limitations. Everybody is different. You are responsible for your own safety during the hike.
There is a 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 Fairfield Glade at the corner of Peavine and Stonehenge at 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. The group hopes to be back by 3 P.M.
Call the leaders of the hike Ray and Marion Miner at 456-9265 if you have any questions.
Please check out their web site by going to Google and typing in FFG Hiking.