Gentleman’s Swimming Hole and Meeting of the Waters Trails at Rugby

Oneida, Tennessee

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This hike actually combines a couple of short hikes. The first hike takes you down to the Gentleman’s Swimming Hole, which was the place where English colonists from the settlement of Rugby would go to cool off. After visiting this old swimming hole, you can follow the Meeting of the Waters Trail downstream along the Clear Fork to its junction with White Oak Creek. This trail follows the riverbank, weaving between huge boulders and alongside tall bluffs en route down to the junction of the two rivers. Some of this trail was most likely built by the English colonists in the 1880s.
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by Kelley Roark and Stuart Carroll (Falcon Guides)

This hike actually combines a couple of short hikes. The first hike takes you down to the Gentleman’s Swimming Hole, which was the place where English colonists from the settlement of Rugby would go to cool off.

After visiting this old swimming hole, you can follow the Meeting of the Waters Trail downstream along the Clear Fork to its junction with White Oak Creek. This trail follows the riverbank, weaving between huge boulders and alongside tall bluffs en route down to the junction of the two rivers. Some of this trail was most likely built by the English colonists in the 1880s.

© 2016 Kelley Roark and Stuart Carroll/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Oneida
Distance: 2.2
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 2 hours
Season: Year-round
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area, 4564 Leatherwood Rd., Oneida, TN 37841; (423) 569-9778. For visitor info call (423) 286-7275.
Local Maps: USGS 7.5' quad Rugby
Driving Directions: Directions to Gentleman’s Swimming Hole and Meeting of the Waters Trails at Rugby

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