Appalachian Trail- Grindstaff Plot

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Date(s) - 10/31/2020
8:30 am - 12:30 pm

Kyle Haas, 812-746-7119

Medium, 7.2 mi in-and-out without extensive elevation change

Osborne Farm A.T. Trailhead
3372 TN-91, Shady Valley TN 37688


With Halloween in mind, the Hiking Club wanted to utilize a trail with bit of a historical (and spooky) past!  Join us on this 3.6 miles (one-way) hike to the grave site of Uncle Nick Grindstaff, who was rumored to have lived up on Iron Mountain as a hermit, only going to the General Store in town once a year.  After about 40 years of this lifestyle, Uncle Grindstaff passed away in 1923, but legend has it that his loyal dog “Panter” wouldn’t let anyone move his body.  Eventually, a proper burial and tombstone followed his death, however, many people hiking/camping along the AT today claim to hear “mournful/haunting” howls of a dog at night.

Meet at parking lot at the intersection of Highway 91 and Cross Mountain Rd @8:30 AM.  (This is where Osborne Farm trail is located).