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Backpacker Magazine – September 2012

From the Field: East

Our trail scouts' top local hikes

by: Sarah L. Stewart

Table Rock (Pat and Chuck Blackley)
Table Rock (Pat and Chuck Blackley)
Look for Loons on Chase Lake (Tom and Pat Leeson)
Look for Loons on Chase Lake (Tom and Pat Leeson)

North Turnhole Bend Trail, Mammoth Cave NP, KY
Larry Johnson, Mammoth Cave, KY

After your requisite cave tour, explore above-ground on this 6.9-mile out-and-back on a peninsula 200 feet above an oxbow river bend. “When the leaves fall in mid-September, you can see the Green River on both sides of the ridge for the last 1.5 miles,” Johnson says. Cross a 200-foot-wide choke point flanked by cliffs on both sides just before the tip of the peninsula (campsite here; free permit required); follow use paths down to the water’s edge. Trip ID 10250

“You’ll see wild turkey scratching for nuts and acorns.”




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