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Wednesday, 06 December 2017 15:51

Explore Elkmont

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A walk in the woods Tuesday, Dec. 12, will provide opportunity to explore the Elkmont area of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park while also getting some Christmas shopping in at Sugarlands Visitor Center.

Led by hiking expert Danny Bernstein, this Friends of the Smokies hike will feature 7 miles of flat topography via the Little River and Cucumber Gap Trails. A stop at the historic Elkmont district will highlight four recently restored cabins in the Daisy Town area, including the Levi Trantham Cabin, Mayo Cabin, Mayo Servants’ Quarters and Creekmore Cabin. The park is in the mist of a restoration project to preserve 19 historic structures in the early 1900s community.

“Elkmont’s history is so different from the rest of the park. After logging, the area was built up with private resort homes. The last person did not move out until June 30, 2001,” Bernstein said. “Much of the hike is along Little River; it’s so peaceful and beautiful — no wonder families wanted to spend their summers there.”

Hike is $20 for members and $35 for nonmembers, with one-year membership included. Meeting locations will be available in Waynesville, Asheville and at the trailhead. Proceeds benefit the Trails Forever program, which funds rehabilitation of high-priority Smokies trails.

Register at hike.friendsofthesmokies.org.

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