News for hikersWritten by Admin
Walk through time
A two-hour stroll through Bradleytown will show participants how the area transformed from a forested haven to a barren wasteland and back again, beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturdays, Oct. 15 and 29.
Park Volunteer Dick Sellers will lead the walk, starting from Smokemont Baptist Church near the entrance to Smokemont Campground in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Afterward, visitors will have a chance to hike with Sellers to Bradley Fork Cemetery.
Free, with walking shoes and water bottle recommended. 828.497.1905.
Explore Noland Creek
A 10-mile trek along Noland Creek will explore autumn waterscapes and historic homesites Tuesday, Nov. 1, in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park near Bryson City.
Led by outdoor enthusiast and author Danny Bernstein and organized by Friends of the Smokies, the hike offers a chance to meet the Hike 100 challenge encouraging people to hike 100 miles in the Smokies to celebrate the National Park Service Centennial. The challenge ends Dec. 6.
The hike meanders along a gentle grade, with a total elevation gain of 800 feet.
Meeting locations for the daylong excursion will be designated in Asheville, Waynesville and at the trailhead. $20 for Friends of the Smokies members; $35 for nonmembers with a one-year membership included. Donations benefit the Smokies Trails Forever program, which supports trail rehabilitation in the park.
Register at hike.friendsofthesmokies.org.