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Wednesday, 12 July 2017 00:00

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Hike through logging history

Learn about the history of logging while hiking to a beautiful mountain stream at 10 a.m. Friday, July 14, on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Parkway rangers will lead the 2-mile roundtrip hike to Bridges Camp Gap, discussing the area’s history of widespread logging and the impact it had to local flora and fauna. The group will leave from the Looking Glass Rock Overlook at milepost 417 on the Haywood-Transylvania county line.

Bring water, good walking shoes and clothing for changeable weather. Ranger-led hikes are offered every Friday through October at various points along the Parkway in Western North Carolina. 828.298.5330, ext. 304.


Work hike planned on the Cherohala Skyway

Trail volunteers are needed Saturday, July 22, to help the Benton MacKaye Trail Association work on a section of trail that runs from Mud Gap to Beech Gap along the Cherohala Skyway.

The trail section passes near the grave of an unknown man who was killed by the Kirkland bushwhakers, a rock quarry converted to a wildlife clearing, and the North Carolina-Tennessee state line.

Having recently celebrated its 36th birthday, the BMTA needs volunteers to help maintain the nearly 300 miles of trail that run from Springer Mountain, in Georgia, to the Big Creek Campground at the northeastern end of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in near Bryson City. Monthly group work hikes are held at various places along the trail on the fourth Saturday of each month.

Participants in the July 22 hike can meet at 8:30 a.m. at the Cherohala Visitor Center in Tellico Plains, Tennessee, or at 9 a.m. at the Unicoi Crest Overlook near Beech Gap. Bring at least two quarts of water, lunch, sturdy boots and long pants. RSVP to Ken Jones, 423.506.8128.


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