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Wednesday, 24 May 2017 00:00

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Backpack the Smokies

A three-night, professionally guided backpacking trip will explore what is arguably one of the best backpacking routes in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park May 25-28.

The loop hike begins and ends at the Big Creek Trailhead near Newport, Tennessee, taking in the summits of Mount Cammerer and Mt. Sterling, traveling through old-growth forests, visiting historic sites and passing by waterfalls, a swimming hole and beautiful creek side trail. 

Ian Mauhs of Asheville-based Wildland Trekking will lead the trip. The route is rated strenuous due to distance and elevation change. Participants are expected to bring their own food, water and gear. Organized by the Great Smoky Mountains Association. 

$300 through May 12 and $350 through May 21; free for Hemlock members of the GSMA who register by May 12.

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