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Wednesday, 05 April 2017 00:00

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Walk with wildflowers and rushing waters 

Blooming wildflowers, sparkling cascades and clear pools along Big Creek in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park will make a 10-mile hike slated for Tuesday, April 11, an unforgettable one. 

The route, to include Mouse Creek Falls and Midnight Hole, will be led by Asheville horticulturist and hiker Dolly McLean, and hikers will learn more about how the park is treating ash trees along the trail to protect them from the invasive emerald ash borer. 

Organized by Friends of the Smokies, the hike is part of the nonprofit’s Classic Hikes series that showcases the park’s most iconic trails — and Friends of the Smokies’ role in preserving them. Hikes are held the second Tuesday of each month. $20 for members and $35 for nonmembers, with one-year membership included. Proceeds benefit the Trails Forever Program, which supports trail rehabilitation in the park. 

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Hike the week away

Spring Hike Week will return to Fontana Village Resort April 17-21, with a full slate of events and lectures for guests wanting to explore the mountains and the plants that grow in them. 

Guided hikes and lectures will cover the Nantahala National Forest, Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. A scenic lake cruise and tour of Fontana Lake will be offered as well. 

Back at the resort, guest speakers will discuss a range of topics — wildcrafter Ila Hatter will speak on weather signs and portents, Dale Little of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will discuss forest management and Jessica Wehr of Wehrloom Honey will talk about beekeeping. Live music and an evening bonfire also held.

Free. A full itinerary is available at

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