News for hikersWritten by Admin
Go back in time on Cataloochee hike
A hike through history in the Cataloochee area of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park will be held April 14, taking participants past scenic views, blooming wildflowers, rushing creeks, an old gravesite and a historic home.
The Caldwell Fork Loop hike, a 9.4-mile excursion, is part of the Friends of the Smokies’ Classic Hike series. It will be led by Danny Bernstein, Asheville-based hiking guide and author.
Hikers will take in the historic Woody Home and might catch a glimpse of the elk herd, a species reintroduced in 2001.
The hike will feature information on Friends of the Smokies’ work, including its Student Conservation Association internships, which provide low-cost labor for the park while giving students hands-on work experience.
$10 for Friends of the Smokies members; $35 for non-members with one-year membership included. Members who bring a friend hike free. Registration proceeds benefit the Friends’ Smokies Trails Forever program.
Easter weekend trail magicians sought
Thru-hikers on the Appalachian Trail around Franklin won’t miss out on Easter baskets this year due to the Nantahala Hiking Club’s Easter on the Trail event Saturday, April 4.
Volunteers will pass out bags of candy, fruit and hardboiled eggs to hikers along the trail. Donations of fruit and candy can be dropped off ahead of time at the Friends of the Greenway headquarters on Main Street in Franklin, and hardboiled eggs should be brought the day of the event.
Volunteers will meet at 8:30 a.m. April 4 at NHC’s clubhouse on Carl Slagle Road to start filling the bags, and then the group will split up to hit as many parts of the A.T. as possible. Time on the trail varies, depending on how long it takes to pass out the bags of “trail magic,” as hikers call gifts from strangers.
Macon Library hits the trail
Outdoor-related programs will abound at the Macon County Library in Franklin over the coming weeks as it continues its month-long celebration of the Appalachian Trail in conjunction with Franklin Trail Days. Events range from a screening of “Wild,” a book-based movie chronicling one woman’s 1,100-mile solo trek along the Pacific Crest Trail, to a talk about easy hikes around Macon County by Jack Blake of Silver Striders of Macon County.
Watch the outdoors category in The Smoky Mountain News calendar over coming weeks for a complete list of programs, dates and times.