The Friends of South Cumberland State Park is issuing a new challenge. Take the plunge and hike to 15 of the most spectacular falls in South Cumberland State Park in 2015. The Waterfall Challenge (WC15) kick-off hike is Saturday, March 14, at Fiery Gizzard, with a chance to visit five of the waterfalls on the list.
Hikers should gather at the Grundy Forest parking lot pavilion (131 Fiery Gizzard Road, Tracy City, TN). Check-in time begins at 9 a.m. (CST) with hikes departing by 9:30 a.m. Hikers will have an option to do the full 5-mile hike to Sycamore Falls, which will take approximately four hours, or a shorter hike on the Day Loop, which will include four waterfalls and take about three hours. All participants should bring lunch and plenty of water.
Challenge Chair Naullain Kendrick notes that all who complete the WC15 will receive a certificate, but the biggest reward will be setting a goal to see these amazing, varied waterfalls. When the weather warms up, the Friends plan to invite willing hikers to take a photo of themselves standing underneath a waterfall and post it on the FSC Facebook page. “We are going to start our own version of the ice bucket challenge,” said Kendrick, “but we’ll be using icy creek water instead.”
The 15 falls selected for WC15 are located in a number of the 10 parks that make up South Cumberland. The waterfalls in the challenge are Greeter Falls (Upper, Lower, main Greeter Falls), Boardtree Falls (Upper and Lower), Laurel Falls, Ranger Creek Falls, Horsepound Falls, Suter Falls, Savage Falls, School Branch Falls, Hanes Hole Falls, Blue Hole Falls, Black Canyon Cascade, Sycamore Falls, Yellow Pine Cascade, Anderson Falls and Foster Falls.
For more information, contact Kendrick: email@example.com or go to the FSC website. friendsofsouthcumberland for maps and directions to all of the parks.