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Hike away Thanksgiving pounds
A 7-mile hike along the Bartram Trail — from Wine Springs to Saw Mill Gap in Macon County — will offer views to the south of Siler Bald Saturday, Nov. 28, right after Turkey Day.
The Nantahala Hiking Club is organizing the hike with Gail Lehman as hike leader. RSVP to 828.524.5298.
Explore the Smokies on Black Friday
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park will offer a chance to ditch the malls on Black Friday with a ranger-led hike on the Little Cataloochee Trail at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 27.
This 5-mile roundtrip hike follows an old road that once allowed travel between the Big Cataloochee and Little Cataloochee communities before the park was formed. The group will stop at the Hannah cabin, Little Cataloochee Church and cemetery, the Cook cabin and several old homesites along the way.
After 2.5 miles, hikers can either follow the group back to the parking lot or explore the area further at their own pace.
The group will assemble in the parking area on the left just after entering Cataloochee Valley. From there, participants will follow the ranger to drive 5 miles to the Little Cataloochee trailhead.
Park rangers will lead a pair of other hikes that day on the Tennessee side of the park, as well. Hikes to Abrams Falls in Cades Cove and through Cucumber Gap near Elkmont, both 5-mile routes, will take place at the same time as the Cataloochee hike.
The outdoors beats shopping, REI says
REI made national news with an announcement that it will close all 143 of its stores — including the one in Asheville — on Black Friday this year.
Instead, the co-op is paying its employees to spend the day after Thanksgiving enjoying the outdoors.
To promote this decision, REI launched the hashtag #OptOutside to encourage others to follow suit.