I led a small group of Boy Scouts Saturday on what was intended to be a 10-mile hike. I chose for the trip a section of the Cumberland Trail.
The route we took starts at Nemo Bridge and follows the Emory River at first, before it turns to follow the Obed River. Our destination was Breakaway Bluff, a high overlook above the river.
The weather was sunny and unusually warm, making for a perfect day of hiking in January.
I’m not sure why, but the trip came up well short of 10 miles, however.
Information on the Cumberland Trail Conference’s Web site says:
“This portion of the Obed W.S.R. Segment, within the Obed and Emory River gorges, incorporates the Obed’s 2.5mile Nemo Trail and an additional 2.5 mile segment built by the Cumberland Trail Conference, Tennessee Trails Association, and Breakaway Volunteers, giving a total one-way distance of 5.0 miles.”
By my limited mathematical skills, returning to the starting point should total 10 miles. A trailhead sign at Rock Creek Campground, which is maybe a quarter mile from Nemo Bridge, said the trail was 4.9 miles to Breakaway Bluff.
So why did my GPS track show the trip was only 8.8 miles?
I’ll try to find out before I write up my trip report.