Join me for 3 days of hiking & hammock camping on a backpacking trip in Tennessee’s Big South Fork Nat’l Rec Area.

For this backpacking adventure, I’ll be breaking the hiking trip into two parts. Part 1 is mostly in the woods and at camp and is more of a hanging in the woods, conversational type video.

Part 2 covers days 2 and 3 where I traverse into the higher regions of Big South Fork, hitting the ridges for views of the Cumberland Plateau’s sandstone bluffs and Big South Fork River.

For an easier read, check out my full blog post here:

For more details on the first day of this trip, check out my Big South Fork Pt 1blog post and video:

The gear list used for this trip along with discussion on each item can be found in my accompanying 2017 Ultralight Backpacking Gear List Blog Post and Video.

Ultralight Backpacking Gear List 2017

Trailhead and Parking Location:
Bandy Creak Visitor Center, 151 Stable Rd, Oneida, TN
N36° 29.275′ W84° 41.837′

Big South Fork Map used in the video

Trails Used Day 2:

Break camp along the Laurel Fork Creek Trail
Continue north on the Laurel Creek Fork Trail
Make a left (east) onto the John Muir Trail (the next 2 miles will cover the bulk of the elevation gain for the day)
Make a right (west) onto the Fall Branch Trail
Setup camp along the Laurel Fork Creek Trail (less than a 100 meters after crossing the creek / bridge. There is a campsite immediately next to the creek as well)

Day 2 Total Mileage: 15.2 miles
Day 2 Gross Elevation Gain: 1,616 feet
Day 2 Gross Elevation Loss: 1,266 feet

Trails Used Day 3:

Break camp along Fall Branch Trail
Continue south on the Fall Branch Trail
Make a Right (north) onto the John Litton Farm Hike Loop Trail (heading south will ultimately bring you back to the parking lot as well).
Continue south onto the road (gravel, then paved) until you arrive back at the Bandy Creek Visitor Center Parking Lot.

Day 3 Total Mileage: 6.1 miles
Day 3 Gross Elevation Gain: 600 feet
Day 3 Gross Elevation Loss: 313 feet

Trip Grand Totals:

Total Mileage for Trip: 28.4 miles
Total Elevation Gain for Trip: 3,076 feet

Simplified Gear List:

Backpack – ULA Ohm 2.0
Pack Cover – Dutchware Argon

Hammock Body – Dutchware Half-Wit
Hammock Suspension – Dutchware Dyneema Beetle Buckle
Tarp – Hammock Gear Cuben Hex Tarp
Tent spike – Titanium

Sleep System
Under Quilt – Hammock Gear Phoenix 30
Top Quilt – Hammock Gear Burrow 40

Bear Bag Line – Zing-it rope and Carabiner

Cooking & Eating Utensils
Cook Pot – Toaks 750ml Titanium
Stove – Esbit DIY (made out of pellet tin) – tablet link
Cookset Stuff sack (came with Toaks pot)
Matches – Coghlan’s Waterproof
Fire Steel – Light My Fire, Mini
Pot Cozy , DIY Reflectix – materials
Spoon – backup, disposable
Spork – Sea to Summit Alloy
Windscreen – Vargo Folding Aluminum
Paper towels squares and Sea to Summit Pocket Soap slivers

Water Treatment & Storage
Water Filter – Katadyn BeFree
Water Bottle – 1.5 Ltr, Disposable (2)
Spare water bottle caps

Compass – Brunton Classic
Lighter – Eddie Bauer
Multi Tool – Tool Logic Card (appears to be sold under the SOG brand now)

First Aid
First Aid Kit
Bug Spray – Ben’s 100% Deet in a 3ml bottle
Sunscreen – 30 SPF in a 10ml bottle

Clothing (not worn)
Dri Ducks Rain Jacket
Underwear – Synthetic (1 Pair)
Shorts, Synthetic workout style
Shirt, Long Sleeve – light weight synthetic
Shirt, short sleeve Champion
Hat, Beanie – Lt Wgt Fleece
Socks, Wool – light weight 1/4 Darn Tough

Headlamp – Fenix HL21 w/ battery –

Toiletry Kit

Clothing Worn
Pants, Hiking – EMS convertible camp pants
Shirt, short sleeve Champion
Underwear – Synthetic
Socks, Wool – light weight
Shoes, Trail Runners – Merrell Moab Ventilator

Optional Electronics
Spot Messenger Gen3
Garmin Oregon 650 GPS