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Wednesday, March 8, 2017 issue

Overnight backpacking trips planned


At Cumberland Falls State Resort Park; other one-day hiking trips offered


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01/12/2007 -  CORBIN — Cumberland Falls State Resort Park is offering a great opportunity to anyone interested in learning more about overnight hiking with its "Backpacking 101" trip.

The park is offering three one-night hiking trips through beautiful Daniel Boone National Forest. The experienced naturalists at Cumberland Falls will teach about the basics of environmentally responsible backpacking on these guided tours. The trips are being offered on the weekends of Jan. 27-28, Feb. 17-18, and again on March 12-13, a Monday and Tuesday.

These trips are designed for people with little experience as well as experienced backpackers interested in learning minimum impact camping techniques. Participants must be able to carry at least 25 pounds during the trip.

You'll receive in-struction on how to plan an overnight trip and the park will provide the equipment you need for your weekend. The trips are approximately 8-10 miles, with up to 300 feet in elevation change. The registration fee of $75 includes equipment rental, instruction and meals. Trips begin Saturday morning and end on Sunday afternoon.

Participants will receive a list of personal items they need to bring prior to the trip. Pre-registration is required. Contact Steve Gilbert at 606-528-4121 or e-mail Steve.Gilbert@ky.gov.

For those not interested in an overnight hike, Cumberland Falls will also offer a one-day hike on Feb. 3 called "Hiking the Cumberlands." This 6-mile hike will begin in the morning stopping for lunch along the trail and finish before dark. Lunch on the trail is included. Learn about native plant and animal life and experience some breathtaking views. The fee is $15 per person and is limited to 10 people.

Natural Bridge State Resort Park is also offering a guided hike on Jan. 13 called "Exploring Arch Country." This is the first in a series of hikes for this year. You'll get a good look at the area's rugged cliff lines, rockhouses, rhododendrons and natural arches. Destinations include White's Branch Arch, Whittleton Arch, Kentucky's Natural Bridge, and many other lesser known geological formations in the area. Distance will range from 6 to 12 miles and last from 6-9 hours. The fee is $15 per person for the first trip, $7 per person for each additional trip. The fee includes a guide, snacks or lunch, and Natural Bridge Trail Guide bandana. Limited to 10 people. Call 1-800-325-1710.

 

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