Dates & Times
Oct 12, 2013
8:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.
1050 State Park Road,
Pine Mountain State Resort Park,
Enjoy expanded adventure hiking within one of Pine Mountain’s most diverse ecological treasures. A virtual time capsule, the 3,124-acre Blanton Forest is one of eastern America’s largest old-growth forests.
The trek ascends the south slope of Pine Mountain to an intersection of the forest’s two loop trails just below Knobby Rock. From there, we’ll climb still higher into the Watts Creek and Big Branch watersheds. We’ll encounter and negotiate “the Maze,” a jumble of large sandstone boulders, before arriving at Sand Cave, a large sandstone rock shelter. Finally, we’ll descend back down to Knobby Rock and enjoy the spectacular bird’s-eye view of the surrounding forest and mountains.
The challenge level varies widely over the course of the outing from easy to strenuous with an overall elevation change of 1300 feet. The maximum elevation near summit is 2400 feet. This hike should only be attempted by hikers in good condition.
Advanced registration is required; departure time from the park is 8:00 AM. The registration fee is $15 adults and $10 for children aged 12 & under. Van transportation will be provided to the first 10 persons. Participants are encouraged to bring a day pack with water, snacks, lunch, and any other needed items. Total hiking distance is 5 miles. Hiking boots are recommended. Pets are NOT permitted within the Blanton Forest State Nature Preserve. Total field trip time is 8 hours. Lodging may also be available; make lodging reservations separately. To register, contact the park’s Guest Services Desk at (800) 325-1712 or (606) 337-3066 and mention the Blanton Forest hike.