BSA Troop 328

Oak Ridge, Tennessee

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Backpacking Trip to Frozen Head State Park

On the weekend of October 25th, the troop went on a backpacking trip to Frozen Head State Park. We met at Kern UMC at 9:00AM on Saturday and were on the road by 9:30AM. We dropped off our backcountry permit at the ranger station and dropped our gear off at the trailhead. After a short delay due to a misscommunitcation about which trailhead we were starting from, we were on our way. Right off the bat, we missed the trun onto Bird Mountain trail and wound up stayting on the Frie Tower Trail all the way to the Square Knob campsite. The weather was perfect. We setup camp and eventually found a water source where we could filter water to refill our water bottles. Everyone cooked dinner and then we built a nice campfire. Sunday morning we got up and bulit another fire since it was rather cool but not uncomfrotable. Once there was enough daylight we cooked breakfast and packed up for the trip back to the trailhead. We decided to return on the Fire Tower trail rather than taking the Cumberland Trail so we did not rack up any miles toward the 50-Miler Award on this trip. It was a beautiful day and we made it back without any trouble. We had lunch at the picnic shelter near the trailhead and then loaded up the vehicles and headed home. We got back to the church around 12:30PM.

Packing Checklist
Beginner Backing Tips
Trail Map (Frozen Head State Park)

At the Big Cove trailhead. The younger scouts are working on the map and compass requirements.

On the Fire Tower trail on Saturday. This trail gradually climbs ~2000 feet up to the top of the ridge. It is not very steep but the climb is relentless.

We finally made it to the Square Knob camp site.

Having dinner.

Around the camp fire (no good photos).

Having breakfast Sunday morning.

Breaking down camp and packing up.

Hiking out Sunday morning. It was a beautiful day.

Back at the trilhead having lunch at the picnic shelter.