Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Dry Branch

Caroline Woerner, Bob DeHart, Ava Navin, Trish Appleton, Carol Deakins, and Don Deakins again returned to Prentice Cooper State Forest to hike jeep trails. Today we hiked the entire length of Dry Branch Road and completed the loop back to vehicles by walking about 1.2 miles on Tower Drive for a total distance of 4.5 miles. It warmed up fast today which made everyone anxious for fall and the cool weather it will bring.

Group photo along Dry Branch Road
Hiking along Dry Branch Road
Our return hike on Tower Drive

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Thief Neck Island

Jan Agee, Brandy Selman, ​Denise Shepard, Mark Jordan, and Don Deakins took a trip to Watts Bar Lake near Rockwood and paddled around Thief Neck Island. Thief Neck is about 1.75 miles long. Our plans were to paddle over to the island, then follow the shoreline which would have resulted in an approximate 9 mile round trip. We skipped some of the inlets which shortened the length to maybe around 8 miles but still managed to spend almost the entire day on the water. We did discover two TVA maintained campsites on Thief Neck that inspired some talk of returning there for an overnight kayak trip.

Don's photos

Preparing for launch

Friday, August 16, 2013

More Road Hiking

Last week we spent two days at Prentice Cooper hiking the Pot Point trail segment and recording video for my next Cumberland Trail video. Unfortunately we brought home many chiggers so it was back to the road walks today in order to avoid the little pests. This hike was about 4.25 miles and consisted of a loop which began on Tower Drive, then Lusk Point Road, followed by Sulphur Branch Road which took us back to Tower Drive and our awaiting vehicle. Weather was superb, almost like a fall day which is extremely unusual for an August in Tennessee.

Hiking along Sulphur Branch Road

Friday, August 2, 2013

Prentice Cooper Road Walk

Bob DeHart, Carol Deakins, and Don Deakins returned to Prentice Cooper State Forest to walk the same route we hiked last week, a 5 mile loop along Tower Drive, Sulphur Branch Road and Braddison Brow Road. We had it all to ourselves today except for birds, rabbits, squirrels, and snakes.

Hiking on Braddison Brow Rd in Prentice Cooper

Snake on Braddison Brow Road