Join Us on the Benton MacKaye Trail!

Join Us!
Winter Walk on the Benton MacKaye Trail
Regina Reiter & Forgiveness Walks
January, 2013

January 11 – 13, 2013
Coker Creek, TN and Cocobelle Lodge Bed & Breakfast

Here’s the Plan:

Friday, January 11. Meet Regina and John at Cocobelle Lodge for dinner and a relaxing evening. Spend the night in the lodge, a quiet bed and breakfast we’ll have all to ourselves.

Saturday, January 12. Let’s walk! We’ll leave the lodge after breakfast and get on the Benton MacKaye Trail at Unicoi Gap, TN for a moderate 5-mile walk through the forest at the foot of Buck Bald. We will certainly visit the top of the Bald, either by foot or by car and enjoy the 360 degree view of the Unicoi Mountains we will have just traversed the week before. Return to the Lodge for another dinner and relaxing evening, including the Radical Forgiveness board game, Satori.

Sunday, January 13. Off again! After breakfast, Regina and John will pack up and resume their thru-hike of the Benton MacKaye Trail. You may join us for as long as you wish walking south, then return to your vehicle at TN 68 on your own.  It’s an 8-mile round trip down the mountain to beautiful Coker Creek and back to TN 68.

Reservations: Call  or Text Regina at 678-938-2075 and leave your name, phone number, and itinerary.
Cost: Retreat at Cocobelle Lodge is $89 per person per night.
Food: Bring your own Lunch/Breakfast plus one dish to share for dinner.

Directions: Coker Creek, TN


Sunday, January 20, 2013
Fall Branch Falls and Rocky Mountain near Blue Ridge, GA
This is a 5.7 mile walk on a fairly strenuous trail with 1,400 feet of elevation gain. It features the scenic Fall Branch Falls and a view of Lake Blue Ridge from Rocky Mountain.


Reservations: Call Regina at 678-938-2075 BEFORE 6 p.m. Saturday, January 19. Leave your name and cell phone contact.
Meet at 10 a.m. at L&A Corner General Store & Grill. 825 Cherry Log Street, Cherry Log, GA 30522
Shuttle to the Benton MacKaye Trail at Fall Branch Falls and Laurel Creek trailheads.
Walk north from Fall Branch Falls to Laurel Creek.
This will be a leisurely walk. We’ll walk at your pace!
Bring your own food and water.


Thursday, January 23, 2013
Celebration Campout and Walk on Springer Mountain, GA
Celebrate our Joyful Completion of
Four Seasons on the Benton MacKaye Trail

Reservations: Call or text Regina at 678-938-2075. Leave your name and cell phone number and your itinerary. Are you coming on Thursday to camp or on Friday to walk up Springer Mountain?
Meet at the Springer Mountain Shelter for camping on Thursday. Camp on your own, we’ll meet you there.
Friday, If we have heard from you, we will meet walkers at Springer Mountain Parking Lot at 10 a.m. for a leisurely 1 mile walk to the summit. Regina and John will continue south to Len Foote Hike Inn. You are welcome to walk with us and return to Springer Mountain on your own.
Bring your own gear, food, and water/purification.


From Ellijay, GA turn onto Hwy. 52 east (towards but not all the way to Amicaloa Falls State Park).

Drive east on Hwy. 52 for approximately 6 miles to the junction of Big Creek Road.

Look for a Dollar General store at the intersection of Hwy 52 and Big Creek Road.

Turn north (left) on Big Creek Road and drive approximately 8 miles.

After 8 miles Big Creek Road merges into Doublehead Gap Road (no turn or stop needed).

Continue to follow Doublehead Gap Road for approximately 5 miles to USFS Road 42.

A large US Forest Service sign with direction to Springer Mountain marks the junction of Double Head Gap Road and USFS Road 42.

Mt Pleasant Church is also at this junction.

Turn right onto USFS Road 42 and drive approximately 6.5 miles on this bumpy gravel road.

After 6.5 miles the Springer Mountain Parking Area & Trail Head will be on the left.





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