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Classic hike to explore Charlie’s Bunion

Walk in the footsteps of Horace Kephart with a Friends of the Smokies hike to Charlie’s Bunion Tuesday, Aug. 12.

Danny Bernstein, expert hiker and author of many hiking guides, will lead this Classic Hike of the Smokies organized by Friends of the Smokies. Hikers will climb 1,800 feet during the course of this 8-mile roundtrip hike. It’s considered moderately difficult, but stunning views of North Carolina and Tennessee from the Appalachian Trail will dole out rewards along the way, plus the rocky outcrop that’s the namesake of the hike.

En route, hikers will learn how donations to Friends of the Smokies improve the trails, with features such as bear cables and backcountry shelter upgrades coming from these funds.

$10 for members; $35 for non-members with one-year membership included. Carpools available from Maggie Valley. Register for times and locations. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 828.452.0720.


Graveyard fields hike to be a lively time

A short waterfall hike at Graveyard Fields will show off a renovations to the popular recreation area along the Blue Ridge Parkway at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 1. Parkway rangers will lead this easy-to-moderate 2.5-mile hike. 

Meet at the Graveyard Fields Overlook at milepost 418. Be sure to observe any posted parking signs. 828.298.5330, ext. 304.


Beat the dog days with hike to a Jackson swim hole

Cool off after a hike with a dip in a swimming hole through an outing with the Jackson County Parks and Recreation Department on Aug. 10.

Participants can ride a van from Cullowhee Recreation Center at 1 p.m. or meet at the location — which will be disclosed upon registration — at 2 p.m. The hike in is about 2.5 miles roundtrip. 

$5 per person. Registration open through Aug. 8. 828.293.3053 or 828.631.2020

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