Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Walking Tour of Camp Wildcat

The esteemed folks of the Cincinnati Civil War Round Table, of which I am a member, have, in a momentary lapse of typically good judgement, have made me the activities chair of the newly formed activities committee.  Seeing that I am the only person on the committee at this time, I am not certain if this is a blessing or a curse, but I plan on adding two to four events each year for Round Table members to join in, beyond the eight meetings we have.

To that end, I am leading an eight mile walking tour of Camp Wildcat on Saturday, November 1st.  The eight miles sounds like a lot to most folks, but most of the walking is easy, and there are only two spots where we will see an increased heart rate.  

For those in the greater Cincinnati area, you can meet up for a carpool (details below).  For those not joining the carpool, meet at Hazel Patch by 10:00 a.m.  Directions from I-75 to the tour start are HERE.

Details for the event:

The Battle of Wildcat Mountain was the first effort of Confederate General Felix Zollicoffer to invade the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Our first trip will be a walking tour of the Wildcat battlefield in southern Kentucky. This tour will be held Saturday, November 1, 2014. We will meet at the Florence Meijers parking lot (Exit 182 on I-75, 4990 Houston Road – park behind the Chick-Fil-A) between 7:45 and 8:00 a.m., leaving at 8:00 a.m. We will carpool to Camp Wildcat, which is about a two-hour drive. We will start our tour in Hazel Patch and walk the Wilderness Road to Camp Wildcat, where we will proceed to walk the hiking trails on the battlefield. This walk will be eight miles in length and involve two short but steep changes in elevation. Make certain to wear comfortable walking shoes, bring water and a snack, and an appetite to discover a hidden Civil War gem. This will be an all-day trip based on driving time, touring, and stopping for a meal on the way home. Those interested in joining should contact Darryl Smith (ohioatperryville@yahoo.com or 513-321-1539) so that we have an idea of how many folks to plan for. We will need drivers who are willing to drive other members, as well.

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