BSA Troop 328

Oak Ridge, Tennessee

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Angle Falls Backpacking Trip

On the weekend of March 24-26 the troop went on a 3 day / 2 night backpacking trip to Angel Falls in the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area. We will started out at the Bandy Creek Visitor Center trailhead on Friday morning and hiked part of the John Litton Farm Loop Trial and then took the Fall Branch trail over to near where it joins up with the GRand Gap Loop Trail. We camped Friday night on top of the ridge overlooking a creek that flows into Fall Branch. This creek was the last water source before we headed out onto the bluff abiove the river gorge. It was a a large campsite with plenty of "level" ground for pitching our tents and we had a very pleasant evening. Saturday morning we got up, had breakfast, and packed up camp. As usual, some of the less experienced scouts had trouble cooking breakfast while getting everything back into their packs so it was almost 10:00 when we got back on the trail. We stopped at the creek and topped off our water bottles and then headed out on the Grand Gap Loop Trail. There were several places where we could look out from the bluff and see the river below. After a little over 5 miles on the Grand Gap Loop Trial we veered off onto the Angle Falls Trail which descended down into the river gorge and followed the river to the Leatherwood Ford Trailhead. We had planned to camp at a nice spot where Fall Branch flows into the South Fork of the Cumberland River, but another scout troop was already camped there. So we hiked about a mile further down the trail toward the trailhead and found a nice place to camp near the river. We had another plesant evening and ttowed all of our gear ahead of the rian expected during the night. It did rain during the night but we had a break in the weather on Sunday morning so we broke camp quickly (the scouts did much better this time) and headed to the trailhead without eating breakfast so we could get out befiore the rain started up again. We did beat the rain and the scouts ate their breakfast/lunch in the shelter at the trailhead while the adults shuttled the vehicles back from the Bandy Creek Trailhead. We got back to the church around 12:00PM.

Packing List
Beginner Backpacking Tips
Trail Map

Here we are at the Bandy Creek Trailhead reday to get started.

Hiking along the John Litton Farm Loop Trail.

We stopped for lunch next to a waterfall.

Back on the trail.

Filtering water before we camp on Friday evening.

Setting up camp on Friday evening.

Breaking camp on Saturday morning.

Filling up on water before we before we get to the junction with the Grand Gap Loop Trail.

Hiking the Grand Gap Loop Trail.

We stopped for lunch at a cave with a passage ion the back l;eading up to the top.

At the Aggel Falls over look.

Hiking down into the river gorge.

Hiking out on Saturday morning.

At the Leatherwood Ford Trailheaad.