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Big South Fork State Park, Tennessee
  • Upon arrival at the ranger station we were filling out our backpacking permit which cost 5.00, when the ranger informed us that the trail we had chosen was closed due to serve flooding, and suggested the John Litton Farm Loop trail as an alternate
  • The next morning while refilling our water bottles the purifier became clogged and useable so we opted to go back to the ranger station and get clean water as we also were having a problem with our camp stove which later turned out to be that we were out of fuel
  • We made the best of some unfortunate events and learned to prepare and plan better for the next trip

    • by sadonna
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      In August 2006 my son’s boy scout troop decided to forgo a backpacking trip. One of the scouts had a Hiking the Big South Fork guide book. Upon arrival at the ranger station we were filling out our backpacking permit which cost 5, when the ranger informed us that the trail we had chosen was closed due to serve flooding, and suggested the John Litton Farm Loop trail as an alternate.

      The John Litton Farm Loop trail was rated easy to moderate and 5. 9 miles round trip.

      The ranger had mentioned a cozy camping spot that was about 2. 1 miles from the start which would be easy with inexperienced boys and water readily available.

      Most of the trail to the


      camping spot was down hill with two small ladders that offered a small challenge to negotiate. There were several caves and we followed a creek most of the way making for some beautiful scenery.

      When we arrived at the camp site we were next to a small water fall on top of a large rock. We quickly set up camp because we were tarp camping and started a fire.

      The next morning while refilling our water bottles the purifier became clogged and useable so we opted to go back to the ranger station and get clean water as we also were having a problem with our camp stove which later turned out to be that we were out of ...


      • fuel. It was rather hot hiking uphill to the rangers station and the boys got bored so we decided to swim in the pool to cool off.

        Then we started on the opposite side of the trail which was also mostly down hill. We found the old homestead and took a break for dinner while we explored the old barn and cabin which was in very bad shape.

        After a short hike we came to a fork in the trail and decided to go back to the old camp site rather than venture out further knowing we had no way to get additional clean water with out returning to the rangers station again. We set up camp again

        and went to sleep early as we were worn out from hiking 5.

        9 miles in the course of the day. We were woke up in the middle of the night by what sounded like wild boar at the base of the waterfall.

        When we woke in the morning there were several crayfish crawling over some of the boys which made for some excitement. We cooked breakfast over the camp fire, packed up our gear and headed back for one last dip in the pool before our ride would be picking us up for the trip home.

        Overall it was a good trip. We made the best of some unfortunate events and learned to prepare and plan better for the next trip.




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