The next two months

The following non-routine, non-APEs events are scheduled within the next two months.

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10/24/2020Channels TrailVic Hasler423-416-3166
10/25/2020Fall Lunch MeetingJonathan Shumaker417-389-6987
10/31/2020Appalachian Trail- Grindstaff PlotKyle Haas812-746-7119
11/21/20203rd Saturday, Hiking with Tools!admin423-302-0846

Channels Trail, Saturday, October 24th, 2020
Leader: Vic Hasler, 423-416-3166
Rating: Medium Hard ~6.4-mile in-out hike with 1,260’ of net elevation change
Time: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Location: Channels State Forest, 23250 Brumley Gap Road, Abingdon VA 24210

I explored this trail in early August as the alternative route to popular The Channels Natural Area Preserve which allowed creation of the trail wiki page (  Intent is to return to allow others to experience this option versus the ridgetop path, potentially with some light trail maintenance.  An early start from Colonial Heights is desired since a good hour drive to bottom of the mountain and then up a couple of miles on the gravel forest road to reach the preferred trailhead.  The group pace will be slower pausing to paint some of the red blazes as agreed with the state forest ranger.  Goal is to have a late lunch up at the Hayter Gap firetower area with its views.  Once folks have finished enjoying the maze of channels, we’ll head back at a faster pace.  Estimated return time to Colonial Heights is between 4-5pm.   Please call/e-mail the hike leader to know headcount for transportation or last-minute changes.

Fall Lunch Meeting, Sunday, October 25th, 2020
Leader: Jonathan Shumaker, 417-389-6987
Time: 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Location: Eastman Recreation Area, 406 Bays Mountain Park, Kingsport TN 37660

We are having our get together at the Eastman Recreation Area, shelters 28 and 32 (near the ball fields).  Lunch will be served at 12:30 and will be followed by a short program.  A ribbon cutting will be done on the Forest Walk trail in the recreation at 2:00 and will be followed by a short walk (less than one mile) around the loop.  Lunch is $5/person for a Panera box lunch.

Chantel Roberts will be keeping up with reservations to the event.  Checks payable to Chantel can be mailed to her attention via plant mail to Building 167 or externally to PO Box 511, Kingsport, TN 37662-5167.  The Steering Committee is also going to try Venmo payments for the first time – made to “@Jonathan-Shumaker”.  

If you have any issues with the online reservation, let Jonathan Shumaker know (417-389-6987).

How to Book Online:

Use the form below. If you already have an account on the website, go ahead and login first so you don’t have to re-enter your name and email address.

Please use the comment field at the bottom to explain your method of payment (Venmo, plant mail, USPS mail, etc.).

Appalachian Trail- Grindstaff Plot, Saturday, October 31st, 2020
Leader: Kyle Haas, 812-746-7119
Rating: Medium, 7.2 mi in-and-out without extensive elevation change
Time: 8:30 am - 12:30 pm
Location: 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).

3rd Saturday, Hiking with Tools!, Saturday, November 21st, 2020
Leader: admin, 423-302-0846
Time: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Contact: TBD

Hiking with Tools! is an opportunity to enjoy a day hike on our beautiful section of the A.T. while helping out with some routine maintenance such as cleaning out waterbars and steps, lopping rhododendron, breaking up fire rings, and painting blazes or shelters. All tools will be furnished and no prior experience required! We typically have four to five people on each trip. The more folks who show up, the less work each individual has to do… so the trip becomes a nice hike – with tools! Contact TBD for hike details, including meeting time and place.