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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.
Help Panthertown trails stay beautiful
A trail work day in Panthertown Valley — a Cashiers-area backcountry recreation area affectionately known as the Yosemite of the East — will be hosted by Friends of Panthertown from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, May 20.
The group will hike a maximum of 5 miles on easy to moderate trails, pruning and moving earth to fix trails along the way. Meet at the Cold Mountain Trailhead.