Discovering the trails around SE Tennesse, Georgia, North Carolina, Alabama, and Virginia; including the Cumberland, Appalachian,Benton Mackaye, and all the State and National Parks I can get to!
Friday, January 21, 2011
Spider Den Bluff With Cumberland Trail Volunteers
Yes, it was cold, but it didn't stop 21 (I think!) of us from making the trip to Piney River for a 6.5 mile round trip to and from the Spider Den. After shuttling to the trailhead at Newby Branch Campground, we filed into the woods off to the right. Soon, we crossed a small bridge over the Branch and turned left, following the water until we turned away and crossed down a ridge to the Duskin Creek Bridge.
From here, we turned left and headed up and then down to wind alongside the tinkling creek. White Pine Cascades provided a spectacular view as we rushed by on the way up to the Spider Den turn down.
Wayne, Richard, and newbyTim reached the bottom and were searching for the 'rock' chairs and 'rock' table which were to be our lunch spot by Duskin Creek. Eventually, we found it and by the time the group arrived in spurts, the others had built a great fire. (Without Bob!!, but Bob, I'm sure it would have been better if you had done it!)
We enjoyed the warmth of the fire with our chocolate treat provided by Che and had some interesting conversation, institgated by Richard, surprise, surprise.
Wayne and Pete searched out the bluff with hanging icicles before we put the fire out and headed back.