Cumberland Trail Hiking the black mountain & devil's breakfast table sections

Partial Map of the Cumberland Trail (Black Mountain & Devils Breakfast Table sections of the trail).

Linda Barclay (in the blue coat, adjusting her glasses) organized the Black Mountain hike on the Cumberland Trail. As hike leader she pre-hiked the trail 7-10 days prior to this hike. During the pre-hike she selected several locations to point out wildflowers and other interesting natural items along the trail, Linda then stopped the group during the hike to give a brief description of each pre-selected natural wonder.
Nancy Burleson came prepared for the cool temperatures, as weather can change at any moment.
All the hikers paid attention as Linda Barclay talked about some native plants along the trail.
The hike Sweeper (Bob Obohoski in the green coat with a hiking stick) is responsible for counting noses before and after the hike, making sure he does not lose anyone during the hike.
Hikers looking for wildlife and wildflowers along the hiking trail..
A couple of times during the hike, we stopped for a few minutes for a water break and for a needed rest stop.
What happens when you reach the end of the trail? You turn around and head back the way you came (this way you get to enjoy the same scenery a second time, and find out what you missed the first time down the trail).
At the end of the trail, one of the hikers found a home made arrow that was lodged into a tree. What do you think the arrow was aimed at?
Mark Richie (second image, wearing the orange hunting vest) made everyone line up on the right side of this bridge (the upstream side or the Cumberland County side), then he asked everyone to look at their watch/cell phone as they walked to the other side of the bridge into the Easter time zone (Morgan County). Mark then asked if anyone's watch/cell phone time had jumped an hour ahead as they crossed into the Eastern time zone? Mark's idea of a magic trick on how to lose or gain an hour and not know what happened during that time (if you cannot figure out the trick call Mark Richie and he will be happy to explain it to you).
Hikers take their turn crossing the single person bridge, listening to Mark Richie explain the building of the trail, and one hiker taking pictures of the new trail section.
Assistance is welcomed on the slippery rock crossing.
Although Mark tried to take credit for creating this wonderful rock formation along the trail, several hikers challenged his boast that his work crew moved all these stones into this scenic outcropping in less than three days.
Everyone enjoyed the natural beauty of this rock outcropping/formation.
When the work crew was working in this area, everyone heard running water but no one could see the waterfalls, after a few volunteers investigated and found the waterfalls, the decision was made to cut down several tress so that hikers could see this waterfall from the hiking trail during the rainy season.
View of Daddy's Creek from the Cumberland Trail.
Our slow decent from the overlook above Daddy's Creek.
Best part of the hike, taking a rest at the end and having a snack, then the sadness sets in as its time to head home in the carpool or be left behind.


Photos and Video by NICO CearGeo

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