Explore “Road to Nowhere” on guided hike

There’s no costumed ghouls or pre-recorded shrieks on the Friends of the Smokies’ November hike, but you will trek along a trail with a “road to nowhere,” visit a secluded cemetery and explore a dark, 365-foot tunnel.  

On Tuesday, Nov. 1, hiking enthusiast and author Danny Bernstein (Hiking North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Heritage) will lead this 9.4-mile hike along the Lakeshore Trail, often called “The Road to Nowhere.” The hike is moderate in difficulty and has a total elevation gain/descent of 1,350 feet.

Participants will depart from Waynesville at 9:15 a.m. and Bryson City at 10 a.m. Exact meeting locations specified upon registration. A donation of $25 is requested, and includes a complimentary membership to Friends of the Smokies. Donations will benefit Trails Forever, a program dedicated to trail improvement projects in the Smokies. There is no cost to current Friends of the Smokies members.

Space is limited. Contact Friends of the Smokies to register for the Road to Nowhere Hike at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 828.452.0720

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