Darrin, Jason, Mike and myself headed out this weekend to the Laurel/Snow Falls area in Dayton, TN.  This trail is part of the Cumberland Trail project that when completed will extend 300 miles from its northern terminus in the Cumberland Gap National Park (KY) to its southern terminus at the Chickamauga Chattanooga National Military Park located on Signal Mountain just outside Chattanooga, Tennessee.

We really enjoy camping/testing gear in this area because its only about 2 miles from the trailhead to the campsite.  Richland Creek Campsite sits very near the creek and provides plenty of water for filtering.

We were limited on time this trip so we hiked in Saturday morning and came back out Sunday morning.  There’s a total of about 12-13 miles of trail in this area but for this trip, we only covered about 4 miles of that.

Packed up and ready to go!

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The crew posing for a photo op.  I wasn’t expecting this many vehicles in the parking lot. The weather called for mid-50’s with a chance of rain on Saturday.

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My bearded friend Mike right before crossing over the metal bridge to the campsite.

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Darrin and Jason

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A few shots of our tents/hammock and relaxing.

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The area has been picked pretty clean of dead wood so while scouting round above camp and took this shot.

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Saturday morning.  Breakfast of champions!

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Jason photobombing my selfie pic.

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After breakfast, we decided to go ahead and get everything packed up.  We had been lucky and hadn’t had any rain and the last thing we wanted to do is pack up in the rain unless we had too.  On our way back to the trailhead it started misting rain and by the time we got out and to our lunch location it was getting really foggy and  the rain had set in.

Bimbo’s restaurant!  Burgers.

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