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Wednesday, 27 July 2016 00:00

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Hike up Big Creek

A 10-mile hike exploring the Big Creek area of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park will take in streams and waterfalls Saturday, Aug. 20. 

The hike will leave from the Big Creek parking lot at 8 a.m. and follow the Big Creek trail to its intersection with Swallow Fork. Highlights along the way will include Mouse Creek Falls and Midnight Hole. 

The excursion is part of the Great Smoky Mountains Association’s year-long schedule of hikes supporting the Great Smoky Mountains National Park’s Hike 100 Challenge, issued this year in recognition of the National Park Service’s centennial year. 

$10, and free for GSMA Hemlock members. Space is limited. Register at


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.

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