Due to stong interest in the hike, we have changed the destination and participants will be given two choices: Tallulah Gorge and Panther Creek Falls, described below. Transportation and lunch to be provided for registered conference participants.
Buses will leave the Classic Center at 9am, and return by 4pm. We expect to hike from 11:00-2:30, stopping mid-way for lunch. The following items are recommended for the hike: sturdy walking/hiking shoes, clothes for warm/hot weather, insect repellent, sunscreen, hat, water bottle, granola or tail mix and rain jacket. Lunch will be provided.
Destination 1: Tallulah Gorge. Located 1.5 hrs north of Athens on US 441. One of the most spectacular canyons in the eastern U.S., Tallulah Gorge is two miles long and nearly 1,000 feet deep. Visitors can hike over 2 miles of rim trails to several overlooks. A suspension bridge sways 80 feet above the rocky bottom, providing spectacular views of the river and waterfalls. An easy to moderate hike.
Destination 2: Panther Creek Falls Trail. Located 1.5 hrs north of Athens on US 441. This trail follows Panther Creek through stands of white pine and hemlock along the steep, rocky bluffs of the creek. Passing a series of roaring cascades cut through solid rock, the treadway culminates in a waterfall at Panther Creek's junction with Davidson Creek. A more strenuous hike with a round-trip distance of just over 4 miles.