News for hikersWritten by Admin
Walk through time
A two-hour stroll through Bradleytown will show participants how the area transformed from a forested haven to a barren wasteland and back again, beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturdays, Oct. 15 and 29.
Park Volunteer Dick Sellers will lead the walk, starting from Smokemont Baptist Church near the entrance to Smokemont Campground in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Afterward, visitors will have a chance to hike with Sellers to Bradley Fork Cemetery.
Free, with walking shoes and water bottle recommended. 828.497.1905.
Explore the Bartram Trail
A 6-mile hike passing waterfalls, autumn leaves and mountain views will explore the Bartram Trail Saturday, Oct. 22, with a carpool leaving from Franklin at 10 a.m.
The hike, rated as moderate to strenuous, climbs 900 feet to William’s Puplit, starting at Wallace Branch.
Organized by the Nantahala Hiking Club. Visitors welcome, but no dogs. RSVP to Mary Stone, 828.369.7352.
Hike the Buggerman
A hike through the old-growth forest, streams and historic structures of the Buggerman Trail in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park will be offered Saturday, Oct. 22, in Cataloochee Valley.
The 7.4-mile loop is rated as moderate in difficulty, gaining 1,040 feet. Joseph Guseman, a Western Carolina University student and avid hiker, will lead the hike.
The event is part of Haywood Waterways Association’s “Get to Know Your Watershed” series of outdoor recreation activities designed to raise awareness of Haywood County’s natural beauty. Free for members and $5 for nonmembers, with memberships starting at $25.