The next two months

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

08/08/2020F/B: Phipps Bend TrailVic423-416-3166
08/15/2020Buffalo Mountain White Rock LoopKyle Haas812-746-7119
08/29/2020Chimney Top HikeAndy Steffan919-928-4738

F/B: Phipps Bend Trail, Saturday, August 8th, 2020
Leader: Vic, 423-416-3166
Rating: Easy, level walk of around five miles on gravel walking path and roads
Time: 9:00 am - 11:30 am
Location: Phipps Bend Trailhead, Schmiede Road, Surgoinsville TN

With goal of being off the trail before late summer heat or thundershowers arrive, this hike starts as an easy jaunt on the three mile path along the Holston River in the Phipps Bend Industrial Park.  The adjoining area has been designated a nature preserve with wetlands full of waterfowl.   The hike will take it from end to end, and then return on roads past the uncompleted nuclear structures to take a closer look while cutting the distance.  Families are welcomed on this flat walk, and kids could ride bicycles as an option.  Bring a day pack with water plus sunscreen and/or a good hat as there isn’t much shade.  Meet at the parking area in Phipps Bend at the end of Schmiede Road, Surgoinsville by 9 am.  We’ll finish up by lunch.

Buffalo Mountain White Rock Loop, Saturday, August 15th, 2020
Leader: Kyle Haas, 812-746-7119
Rating: Medium, shorter length but with elevation gain
Time: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Location: Buffalo Mountian Park, 570 Highridge Rd, Johnson City TN 37604

Join us for a trip up Buffalo Mountain on the White Rock Loop. We will park at the Hartsell Hollow Trailhead and continue on the hike at 9:00 A.M. This is about a 4 mile loop and bring water due to some elevation gain. I am looking forward to it!

Chimney Top Hike, Saturday, August 29th, 2020
Leader: Andy Steffan, 919-928-4738
Rating: Moderate, 3 miles round-trip. 1,488’ elevation gain
Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Location: Chimney Top Trailhead, 435 Sugar Hollow Ln, Fall Branch TN 37656

Ever seen the volcano-shaped summit south of Kingsport and wondered if you could hike it? Here’s your opportunity. This hike is on private property and I will be requesting permission to hike it on behalf of the club; if there are any issues with this permission, I will update hike/location accordingly. We will meet at the parking area (in Hawkins County) at 9 AM. Hope to be done and off the trail right before lunchtime; bring plenty of water and snacks. Please notify the hike leader of attendance/interest or use the TEHCC online registration form. Please reference the trail wiki page for driving directions and additional hike details: