Hikes of the Smokies
Mark your calendars for the 2014 Classic Hikes of the Smokies series
Explore America’s most visited national park on guided hiking tours with Friends of the Smokies. See stunning vistas, tumbling waterfalls, and discover the hidden gems of Great Smoky Mountains National Park with the 2014 Classic Hikes of the Smokies.
Classic Hikes of the Smokies feature interpretation and leadership by celebrated outdoor author, blogger, and hiking expert, Danny Bernstein (Hiking North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Heritage).
“The monthly hikes have brought together a diverse group of people: new hikers and experienced hikers, people who are new to the area and people who have spent their whole lives in the Smokies,” says hike leader Danny Bernstein. “I'll point out a new flower or chimney and there's usually someone who can add personal story to what we find on the trail.”
This year’s hikes include Little Cataloochee, Ramsey Cascades, Kephart Prong, portions of the Appalachian Trail and Mountains-to-Sea Trail and a special overnight engagement in July. For the complete calendar of 2014 Classic Hikes of the Smokies, visit www.friendsofthesmokies.org/events.html.
Unique to this program, on each Classic Hike of the Smokies, will learn firsthand about a different park stewardship need that benefits from donations made to Friends of the Smokies including hemlock wooly adelgid treatment, historic structure preservation, the Parks as Classrooms program, and elk management. Hikes are offered on the second Tuesday of each month. Each hike is $10 for current Friends of the Smokies members and $35 for non-members, who will receive a complimentary membership. Members who bring a friend hike for free. Registration donations benefit improving trails in the Park through the Friends’ Smokies Trails Forever fund.
The first Classic Hike of 2014 is Tuesday, March 11th to Little Cataloochee. This hike is 6.1 miles round trip and easy in difficulty with a total elevation gain of 1,100 feet. Participants will visit historic log cabins in the park and Little Cataloochee Baptist Church.
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