Looking for a weekend hike? Try Rugby

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National Park Service rangers from Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area are offering weekend hikes in Rugby through the end of September.

The Meeting of the Waters hike each Saturday is a moderately difficult 2.3-mile loop.

The trail begins by descending into the Clear Fork River gorge to the historic Gentlemen’s Swimming Hole.

It continues along the Clear Fork River to the Meeting of the Waters where the Clear Fork is joined by White Oak Creek.

Along the way hikers can view some of the prettiest forest to be found on the Cumberland Plateau.

From the Meeting of the Waters, the trail begins a short, steep climb back to the ridge top where it follows an easy path back to the trailhead.

The entire hike takes about two and a half hours.

The Gentleman’s Swimming Hole Trail hike on Sunday is a moderately difficult 0.8-mile round trip into and out of the Clear Fork gorge to the swimming spot once favored by early Rugby colonists.

This one-hour walk provides a journey through a hemlock and rhododendron forest and offers a chance to sit for a few minutes alongside the Clear Fork River.

Both hikes begin at 1 p.m. from the Rugby Trailhead next to Laurel Dale Cemetery in Historic Rugby.

Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

Call 423-569-9778 or 423-628-2991 for more information about the weekend hikes.