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Tour the wildflowers with Smokies hike

A flowered hike along the Hyatt Ridge Trail in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park will offer an excuse to get outside Tuesday, May 10, as part of Friends of the Smokies’ Classic Hikes series. 

Accessed through the Oconaluftee entrance to the park, the remote 9.5-mile roundtrip is rated as moderate in difficulty with a 2,000-foot total elevation gain. Hiking guide author Danny Bernstein will lead the excursion. 

$20 for members; $35 for non-members, with one-year membership included. Donations benefit trail rehabilitation through the Smokies Trails Forever program. 

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Eat spaghetti, help the trails

Mounds of spaghetti and dessert will help the Nantahala Hiking Club fund another year of volunteer trail stewardship with a fundraiser held at 6 p.m. Friday, May 13, at the First Presbyterian Church in Franklin. 

Part of the proceeds will buy dinner for the Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s Konnarock Trail Crew, who have done three weeks of trail work on the A.T. section that the Nanthala Hiking Club maintains. 

Bring your own dishes, silverware and a dessert to share. $6 per person. 


See spring in the high elevations

Experience spring in the high elevations with a hike along the Thomas Divide Trail in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 7. 

The hike, accessed from Newfound Gap Road, will cover 4.7 miles of spring diversity, with naturalist Liz Domingue leading the experience to point out tree species and spring wildflowers. Shuttle parking will eliminate the need for out-and-back hiking. 

$20 for Great Smoky Mountains Association members; free for Hemlock members; $35 for nonmembers with a one-year membership included. Part of GSMA’s lineup of monthly branch out activities to educate participants about park history and ecology.

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