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Camp out in Cataloochee
A backpacking trip through Cataloochee in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park will offer an up-close experience of elk country during fall rut Sept. 9-10.
Offered through the Great Smoky Mountains Association, the excursion will traverse just under 10 miles, embarking to hike 4.5 miles on Rough Fork and Caldwell Fork trails on the first day and finishing with 4.8 miles via Caldwell Fork and Big Fork trails on the second day. Hikers will get to see and hear bugling elk, view the holding pen used during the 2001 elk reintroduction and visit old grave and school sites. Chris Hoge of Wildland Trekking will lead the trip.
Participants should have a high level of fitness and basic backpacking equipment. Cost is free for GSMA Hemlock Members and $99 for those who register by July 31.
Meander Parkway trails with a ranger
A 2-mile hike through the hardwood forest bordering the East Fork of the Pigeon River will include a discussion of water resources and human influences on the environment at 10 a.m. Friday, July 22, at the Looking Glass Rock Overlook of the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Led by a Parkway ranger, the hike will traverse Bridges Camp Gap Trail. The starting point is located at Milepost 417 of the Parkway on the Haywood-Transylvania county line.
Free. Bring hiking shoes, water and clothing for changeable weather.
828.298.5330, ext. 304.