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Wednesday, 17 May 2017 16:01

Explore the Smokies, support the park

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An overnight excursion to a remote section of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park will explore the area in style Aug. 28-29.

A special fundraiser for Friends of the Smokies, the weekend will include two guided hikes, meals, a cocktail reception, overnight accommodation at Fontana Village Resort, a presentation about the historical significance of the Hazel Creek area and a chance to meet National Park Service Staff. 

Danny Bernstein, a Western North Carolina hiking expert, will lead a 7.6-mile hike along the remote Twentymile Loop, as well as a 15.5-mile trek to Hall Cabin, a historic log home that hosted tourists fishing the Smokies before it became part of the park. J.P Smith, who has hiked every trail in the park, will also lead a 5-mile hike along Lakeshore Trail to a site where old cars were abandoned where N.C. 288 once existed before the Tennessee Valley Authority flooded the road. UNC Asheville professor and historian Dan Pierce, Ph.D., will give a campfire presentation on his book Hazel Creek: The Life and Death of an Iconic Mountain Community. 

Proceeds from the event will fund a variety of projects and programs in the park, including Parks as Classrooms, preservation of historic structures and black bear rehabilitation. 

$350 for individuals or $500 for couples. Register at

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