The hike is part of the Friends of the Smokies “Classic Hikes of the Smokies” series, which features a different hike each month. Outdoors author and hiking expert Danny Bernstein, who wrote Hiking North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, will lead this 9-mile hike on the Caldwell Fork loop trail.
The hike is moderate in difficulty and has a total elevation gain of 1,650 feet. It will pass through old home-sites, graves, and end with the historic Steve Woody House. The hike also goes past holding pens where the elk were acclimated to the Park while being re-introduced to the area.
A donation of $35 to go to the Friends’ Smokies Trails Forever program is requested and includes a complimentary membership to Friends of the Smokies. Current Friends of the Smokies members hike for $10. Hikers who bring a friend hike for free.