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Wednesday, 25 May 2016 00:00

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Hike Charlies Bunion 

A high-elevation hike will take in the view at Charlies Bunion and head down Kephart Prong Trail in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park Tuesday, June 14. 

Guided by outdoor enthusiast Danny Bernstein, the 10-mile shuttle hike includes a total elevation gain of 1,200 feet, traveling past scenic views and backcountry shelters on the Appalachian Trail. 

Organized by Friends of the Smokies, the hike costs $20 for members and $35 for nonmembers, which includes a one-year membership. Donations fund trail rehabilitation through the Smokies Trails Forever Program. 

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Backpack Hazel Creek

A backpacking trip through one of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park’s most remote, yet historic, areas will give the adventurous an in-depth appreciation of the Smokies June 17 to 19. 

Starting with a boat shuttle to Hazel Creek from Fontana Marina, the first day of the trip will include a 7-mile hike on the Hazel Creek Trail with 500 feet of elevation gain taking in the Proctor and Bone Valley cemeteries, Proctor Historic sites and the Calhoun house. The second day will involve a variety of possible excursions from the campsite, where the group will stay that night as well. The hike out will be 6 miles long using the Hazel Creek Trail, passing the Proctor Historic District and exiting via boat on Fontana Lake. 

$225 with space limited. The trip is part of the Great Smoky Mountains Association’s lineup of Branch Out events designed to enhance knowledge and appreciation of the park.

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