No, really, you should — with one of these groups
For The Vista
If you are wanting to see some beautiful scenery, get some exercise and have some fun with fellow Fairfield Glade residents — then take a hike!
There are two well-established groups that will offer you the chance to do all the above — the Fairfield Glade Hiking Group and the Glade Trails Committee, chaired by John Conrad.
Below is a map of the walking and hiking trails in Fairfield Glade as submitted by Conrad.
“A few weeks ago we started offering short weekly guided hikes on our trails under the leadership of Linda Barclay,”Conrad noted. “These hikes are every Tuesday morning. Hikers meet at 9 A.M. at the Peavine and Stonehenge Dr. 4-way intersection and carpool to the trail of the day. They have proved to be very popular with over 25 hikers participating each week.”
Meanwhile, the Fairfield Glade Hiking Group will begin the fall 2014 season of hikes on Friday, September 12 with the first of 12 interesting hikes throughout East Tennessee. (See schedule in the box on the left).
This informal group hikes every Friday until early December. The week of the hike, there will be a sign up sheet posted on the bulletin board across from the Fairfield Glade post office for people to put their names and phone numbers.
Hikers will meet at the pavilion near the parking lot that is closest to the 4-way stop in FFG at the corner of Peavine and Stonehenge.
Plan on being there between 7:30 and 7:45 A.M. to form car pools and receive information about the hike. Departure is 8:00 A.M.
It is the policy to reimburse the driver for gas and the amount will be determined by the distance traveled. The following is the fall schedule.
General guidelines for rating hikes are up to 5 miles in length and elevation gains less than 1000 feet are rated easy. Hikes of 5 to 8 miles with elevation gains less than 1500 feet are rated moderate. Hikes over 8 miles with substantial elevation gains or rough terrain are rated strenuous. All of these ratings are subjective and hikes are subject to change.
The Glade Trails group are having another “Hit the Trails” festival on Saturday, October 4th from 10 A.M. to 3 P.M.
“We are excited that the festival was so successful last year and it looks like this year it is going to be bigger and better,” Conrad said. “Don’t miss this event where you can learn all about our trails and learn about all the outdoor activities that are available to residents and visitors. We do need volunteers to help on the day of the event. If you would like to help setting up the canopy tents or staffing the trails booth please let me know. No experience necessary – we will train you!
Conrad noted that they are adding another two miles to the trail network this year.
1. A beautiful new Hemlock Nature Trail is being built from the parking area on Rotherham Drive (at Lake Dartmoor) up the valley to Catoosa Boulevard.
Part way along the trail is a large majestic hemlock tree that volunteers have treated to save from the deadly Woolly Adelgid beetle.
2. The trail along Stonehenge Drive is being extended to go from Kingsboro Drive all the way to the Heatherhurst Golf Club. This trail has been renamed The Stonehenge Nature Trail and will hopefully give pedestrians a safer alternative to walking on this very busy road.
“The trails continue to grow in popularity and are well used throughout the year,” he said. “These are just a few of the many wonderful things that are happening on the trails right here in our community.
“I would like to thank all the willing volunteers for their dedicated efforts and I would like to thank everyone in the community for being so supportive of our efforts in so many different ways,” he added. “Get out and explore the wonderful sights in our own backyard – and get healthy doing it!”