Whitesburg KY

Nature hike planned

The Cumberland Mountain Arts and Crafts Council (CMACC) in Jenkins is scheduling the third annual Redbud Nature Hike April 12 to Scuttle Hole Gap on Pine Mountain. The hike is open to the public and there is no charge. Richard Brown of Whitesburg will be the guide.

The Scuttle Hope Gap area has historical significance. The low gap was traveled for centuries by herds of buffalo, Indians, and mountain ancestors. Hikers can meet at the crest of Pine Mountain on U.S. 119 at 10 a.m. at the entrance to Little Shepherd Trail. Folks in the Jenkins area can meet at the Little Shepherd Amphitheatre site at 9 a.m. and carpool to the meeting place.

The groups will then get together and drive approximately five miles along the trail to Scuttle Hole Gap. They will hike down the mountain along the old wagon road for 1/2 mile. The old wagon road was used to haul farm produce, hides and moonshine to the mining camps in Stonega, Va., and barrels of sugar, salt, flour, coffee and dry goods were brought back on it before the railroads were extended into Letcher County.

The hike will be at a slow to moderate pace so folks of all ages can participate. After the hike some will continue the drive along the Little Shepherd Trail and stop at the scenic overlooks. Hikers should bring cameras and plan to make a day of it.

Hike sponsors say, “We have many points of interest and natural wonders right here in our own backyard. Let’s enjoy them and help promote tourism in the mountains.”

In recent years the CMACC has sponsored hikes to Bad Branch Falls, Lilley Cornett Woods, Raven Rock and The Red Fox Trail. In case of inclement weather the hike will be rescheduled to a later date. For more information, call Ked Sanders at 832-4122.

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