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Wednesday, 29 October 2014 00:00

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Hike takes in Deep Creek and high falls

A hike along Deep Creek Trail in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park Tuesday, Nov. 11, will yield views of the 80-foot Toms Branch Falls as well as plenty of other waterfalls and cemeteries.

Hiking guide author Danny Bernstein will lead this Friends of Great Smoky Mountains National Park hike, traversing 9 miles and a total elevation gain of 1,600 feet. The hike is classified as moderately difficult. 

Starting on the Deep Creek Trail, hikers will visit Juney Whank Falls and pick up the loop trail to Indian Creek Falls before gaining elevation and returning to the Deep Creek Trail. 

Deep Creek was one of the first trails constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps when the park was created in the 1930s, and the area was briefly home to Horace Kephart, author of Our Southern Highlanders and a leader in the park’s creation.

Bernstein will discuss native trout management and ginseng poaching protection, both efforts funded by Friends of the Smokies and important in the Deep Creek area.  

$20 for Friends members; $35 for nonmembers, with year-long Friends membership included. Donations benefit Smokies Trails Forever program. Carpools will leave from Asheville and Waynesville. Register with Anna Zanetti at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 828.452.0720. 


Hike at night

A full moon will light up the Blue Ridge Parkway during a hike Friday, Nov. 7, led by Jackson County Parks and Recreation. 

The hike will involve about 3 miles of hiking, and chilly nights will require some bundling up. The group will meet at the Cullowhee Recreation Center at 6 p.m., and a Parks and Rec vehicle will leave from there. 

Cost is $5 per person, with space limited. Registration is open through Nov. 5 at the Cullowhee and Cashiers/Glenville recreation centers, 828.293.3053 or 828.631.2020. Jennifer Bennett, 828.293.3053, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . 

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