Hard Core – Bitter End to Dennis Cove Relocations (2003)

In spite of the rainy weather predictions, we had fair weather and a great 3rd annual Damascus Hard-Core work trip. The two days of work involved 71 individuals for over 1,000 hours. Seventeen were TEHCC members or program affiliates. The remaining 54 were enthusiastic volunteer hikers. They came for work and work they did! There were many rhododendrons and short terrain dips that contained over two feet of duff. Duff became a new addition to the hiker vocabulary. They even created Mr. Duff using duff as the head, soda cans as eyes and a rain jacket and pants for the body. Continue reading “Hard Core – Bitter End to Dennis Cove Relocations (2003)”

Round Bald Relocation / Stairway to Heaven (2000-2001)

During 2000-2001, the A.T. on Round Bald was relocated and rehabilitated, to eliminate significant erosion problems and replace the former steep route with a more gradual sidehill trail. The project has three distinct phases:

  • Phase 1 – Gravel delivery and trail construction from Carvers Gap to a large rock about two-thirds of the way up to the summit of Round Bald – summer of 2000.
  • Phase 2 – Gravel delivery between the large rock and Engine Gap – February-March 2001.
  • Phase 3 – Spreading the gravel on the existing Trail route between the large rock and Engine Gap – summer of 2001.

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Laurel Fork Gorge Bridge Replacement (1999)

On January 7-8, 1998, torrential rains struck northeast Tennessee and western North Carolina. Carter County, Tennessee was hit especially hard, with widespread flooding and seven deaths caused by ten inches of rain during a 24 hour period. The lower two bridges on the A.T. in Laurel Fork Gorge were completely destroyed. The center span of the upper bridge (the Koonford Bridge) was also destroyed, but temporary repairs were quickly made by TEHCC on January 17, 1998. A temporary blue-blazed route for the A.T. to bypass the two destroyed bridges was completed in May 1998. Continue reading “Laurel Fork Gorge Bridge Replacement (1999)”