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Hiking season with Friends of the Smokies starts March 11

out cataloocheechurchOutdoors author and blogger Danny Bernstein will once again lead this year’s Friends of the Smokies Classic Hikes, which kick off March 11 with a trek to Little Cataloochee in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.


Hikers 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 hike is an easy, 6.1-mile round trip with an elevation gain of 1,100 feet. Participants will visit historic log cabins in the park and Little Cataloochee Baptist Church. Other hike destinations this year will be Ramsey Cascades, Kephart Prong, portions of the Appalachian Trail,  Mountains-to-Sea Trail and a special overnight engagement in July. 

For the complete calendar of 2014 Classic Hikes of the Smokies, visit Register by calling 828.452.0720 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..