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Visitors invited to hike to Flint Creek Battle Site on Oct. 1

From Staff Reports

Visitors are invited to hike back to the Battle at Flint Creek in Rocky Fork State Park on Saturday, Oct. 1.

Beginning at the Rocky Fork trailhead, this historic trail marks the battle site of John Sevier’s militia and the Chickamauga. It was in this hollow in January 1789 that Sevier led an ambush of a Chickamauga camp composed of Cherokee, Creek and possibly Shawnee warriors. Historic interpreters with Tennessee State Parks will provide demonstrations and describe the battle with period-specific props. The demonstration will include objects from the late 1700s, including a musket, knapsack, period clothing, wool blanket, a shelter and appropriate food (mess kettle, salted beef, rice, dried peas, etc.).

“Part of Tennessee State Parks’ mission is to preserve and protect the cultural aspects of our state and providing experiences like this helps connect visitors to Tennessee’s rich past,” said Hobart Akin, Cultural Resource and Exhibits Specialist in the Division of Interpretation and Education.

To reach the battlefield site, visitors should begin the moderate two-mile hike at the Rocky Fork trailhead. The encampment will be open on Oct. 1 between 8 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. with two guided hikes offered. This event is free and visitors are welcome to explore on their own, but guests do need to register to participate in the guided hikes at http://tnstateparks.com/parks/events/rocky-fork/#/?park=rocky-fork or by contacting Will Miller at 957-1980 or [email protected]