March 17, 2018
Hike Rugby!  Ornament Workshop. Opening Day For 2018 Season.

Historic Rugby kicks off its season each Spring with “Hidden Trails Hike Rugby!”


Eric Wilson

Join a group of local trail leaders in exploring the Hidden Trails of Historic Rugby in honor of Eric Wilson (1935-2013) on Saturday, March 17. Wilson was a long-time resident who discovered the Cumberland Plateau hiking. He was a charter member of the TN Trail Association, an advocate for the Cumberland Trail and active in developing and maintaining trails and encouraging hiking in and around Rugby. Historic Rugby sits adjacent to Big South Fork National Park and boasts ten trails you can choose from.

Historic Rugby is one of the hidden treasures of hiking in East Tennessee. The trail system has trails beginning at an easy level that can accommodate almost every visitor. The trails will lead along scenic waterways, rock caves and outcroppings, wildflowers and much more picturesque scenery.

Registration for this FREE event will begin at 9:30 a.m. at the Community Center building (behind the Visitor’s Center) and hiking will begin at 10 a.m. Please be sure to wear comfortable shoes for hiking. Water will be provided free (thanks, donors). Hikers are encouraged to bring their own snacks. The Harrow Road Cafe will offer Brown Bag Trail Lunches with a grilled chicken sandwich wrap (vegetarian option available), an apple, and Tanya’s Special Recipe Granola Bar for $8.  You can pre-order your lunch so it’s ready and waiting for you by calling 423/628-2350.

Springtime Easter And Felted Ornament Workshop

Also on Saturday, March 17, there will be an Historic Rugby workshop where you can make your own Spring felted ornaments. Crafter extraordinare Sue Duncan will guide students through making a series of freehand felt ornaments. Click here for details.

Irish Road Bowling

At 3pm, there will be a demonstration of Irish Road Bowling, with the opportunity to join a team and compete. Irish Road Bowling involves throwing a cannonball (22 ounces, about the size of a tennis ball) around a set course. The team that completes the course in the fewest throws wins. It’s fun and anyone can play, young or old.

Irish Food Specials At The Harrow Road Cafe

The Harrow Road Cafe will also feature traditional Irish food and drink specials including corned beef and cabbage and an ale sampler.