Fort Oglethorpe, GA: Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park invites the public to participate in a free ranger-guided hike of the Blue Blazes Trail on Moccasin Bend. The two mile, two hour hike will begin at 9:30 am on Saturday, January 31, 2015, at the Blues Blazes Trail parking area off Moccasin Bend Road, south of the Moccasin Bend Golf Course. “Special Event” signs will be posted along the road to help guide visitors.
Blue Blazes Trail has been a focal point for hikers since the late 1980s and has more stories than meets the regular hiker’s eye. National Military Park Historian Jim Ogden will relate some of the rich history traversed by the trail’s route as well as discuss how the path came into existence. Participants will also learn more about the history of Moccasin Bend and how the Blue Blazes Trail can serve as an entry point to the Bend.
Comfortable, supportive, wet-weather footwear, clothing appropriate for environmental conditions and water are recommended for this moderate hike.
For more information about programs at Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, contact the Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center at (706) 866-9241 or visit the National Military Park’s website at www.nps.gov/chch. Or contact Michael Wurzel at the Friends of Moccasin Bend office at 423-322-5014 or visit the FOMB website at www.moccasinbendpark.org.
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