Things to Do:
- Decide on Section 2 of 4 – i’m way behind on my blogs, but I am ahead of the game and have everything mapped out so the next paragraph’s/bullet points will have everything regarding the hike and day to day schedule.
- Finish refining Section 1 Itinerary. Its all changed I planned on hiking Sobo toward home and now due to car issues I have chosen to go Nobo and Sobo more info down below on route.
- Download more and more maps – done I have found an incredible app(Avenza Maps) similar to gut-hooks but for more state park trails/state forest lands. the entire Cumberland trail is on this app and i have every map necessary for my hike. It has location and everything so time to start laying out the itinerary now.
The past month has been incredible, work was super fun and relaxing way better than hard labor even though I had to carry way more than my own weight multiple times. I guess when you truly love the work you do, you can see why it makes time fly by. That’s exactly what happened, and I miss it already. I was only working for a season of BOA which is a program at my alma martyr, East Tennessee State University. Its a outdoor program for freshman and shows them the outdoors and why its important to them and the community. It’s to build leadership and to help with transitioning from high school to college.
Okay less about that and more about the hike.
I have switched maps so I will be referencing the locations on the Avenza maps and not toward the CTC website, some of the names differ. Example section names and trailheads, some of the maps use trailhead names instead of location names.
Starting Trailhead Address – Barker Pounds Trailhead (BPTH) – 3000 Barker Camp Road, 37327
Day 1 – Barker Pounds Trailhead to Mowbray Pike – 15 miles Avenza Map Used – The Cumberland Trail North Chicamauga SNA Trailhead
Road Walk directions / 5 miles
- follow Montlake Rd to Mowbray Pike
- right turn on Mowbray Pike, Mowbray Pike Trailhead / Trail crosses road to your left.
- water yes, camp no
only 5 miles of road for this section other days are stacking up into days in it self so i’m doing my best to keep things day to day within reason for the road walks.
I will already have the luck of seeing some falls along the first day which is really cool. I’ve learned that the plateau is full of water. So far the trail chef says water is super high for the year of rain so far. Perfect News.
Day one is my favorite and worst day, its the beginning of long days, tired legs and hunger. I’ve had hiker hunger since my Florida hike so I’m always eating. I will be carrying roughly 5 days of food for the beginning I bet it will be gone in 3 :0
Road walks are in day one too though, so wahoo haha. Road walks are not bad I love seeing different neighborhoods and family homes. Sometimes they aren’t that nice (50% of the time) so im crossing my fingers I will luck out.
Trailhead Addresses – Mowbray Pike Trailhead (MPTH) – 2000 Mowbray Rd, Soddy Daisy TN37379, Sluder Road Trailhead (SRTH) – Old Hotwater Road, Soddy Daisy TN 37379, Big Possum Creek (Heiss) Trailhead (BPCTH) – 1840 Heiss Mountain Road, Soddy Daisy 37379 TN, Upper Leggett Road Trailhead (ULRTH) – 1560 Leggett Road, Sale Creek 37373
Day 2, 3, 4 ,5,6??? – Mowbray Pike Trailhead to Upper Leggett Road Trailhead – 34 miles Avenza Maps Used – The Cumberland Trail – Soddy Creek Lower Trailheads, Upper, Possum Creek Trailheads, Rock Creek Trailheads
Day 2 – 10, 12 miles to Soddy Gorge – Board Camp Creek
water yes, camp yes
Day 3 – 10, 12 miles to Possum Creek – Little possum South
water yes, camp yes
Day 4 – 8, 10 miles to Possum Creek – Little possum North/Hughes Branch
water yes, camp yes
Day 5 – 8 miles to Rock Creek RMA
water yes, camp yes
Day 6 – Trail/Road Walk, 23 mile day or so, Town Day Sale Creek/Graysville
Resupply Time in Sale Creek/Graysville – I will be doing my first resupply in this area to prep for the next sections. I’ve done some research on the towns and have plenty of options to get food. Savealo, DG, Walmart, etc. A great resupply.
Road Walk Directions from Trailhead to Salecreek/Graysville
Follow Leggett rd to Sale Creek, from sale creek to Dayton ave, then Pikeville ave, Roaring Creek trail head is on Pikeville ave
Unfortunately for the Graysville section Avenza Maps does not have a map for this section. So I will be using the CTC website to map out this part. It will be a short section to Morgantown and the Laurel Snow section. After the Laurel Snow section I am going to hop on a bus from crossville and head to Knoxville. From Knoxville I will be heading to the Tank Springs Trailhead to do the sobo section thru FHSP passed Wartburg and into Catoosa WMA to end the hike!
Day 7 – Roaring Creek Trailhead to Morgantown – 14 to 20 miles
Road Walk Directions from end of trail head to Dayton Mountain HWY and go toward Morgantown
roughly 14 miles, the exact miles are hard to come by, all of the maps I’ve checked give different mileage and I have to just kind of wing it due to so many different descriptions. That really is the fun of all of these hikes, seeing where the trail takes you (all you need is to be prepared). With a little Stealth camping I plan to be at Morgantown the next day for lunch/relaxing till I head to the next section (laurel Snow) which is just a stay the night for connivence of getting on a bus the next day. I’ve been to the Laurel Snow section before and it does not disappoint beautiful water and sights all around.
Day 8 – Morgantown to Laurel Snow section – 3.5 miles to 8 miles (including road walk)
Road Walk Directions to Laurel Snow – 4 miles
Black Vally Rd to Pocket Wilderness Rd
My next section will be from Catoosa WMA, FHSP to Tank Springs Trailhead this section is roughly 6 to 7 days long with 1 resupply at Wartburg, (will Update in new post, once i get to this portion of the hike. With the fact of things will change I have decided to update as walk more due to real time and scenarios. I’m ready to walk only a few more days and i’ll finally be on trail!