Due to Road Closure, A Change in Wednesday Hiking Schedule, Note Earlier MeetingTime
Due to the closure of Cove Creek Road, the hike Big Fork Ridge to Rough Fork Loop which is scheduled for 3/25/20, has been changed to Chasteen Creek to Hughes Ridge 8:00 AM
Hike 12.6, Drive 140, 3000 ft. ascent, Rated AA-AA,
Mike Knies, 828-628-6712, firstname.lastname@example.org
First Meeting Place: Home Depot off Exit 44 of I-40 at 8:00 AM
Second Meeting Place: Maggie Valley Post Office at 8:30 AM, but contact leader first.
This loop hike starts in the Smokemont Campground of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park and goes along scenic Chasteen Creek up to the crest of Hughes Ridge and around Becks Bald with great winter views of the distant ridges and mountains. From that point, it follows a fairly level course. Although the mileage is long, the park trails are well graded.
Alternate Wed. hike March 11
LOWER BIG LAUREL CREEK (Hike #101) 9:30
Hike 7.5, Drive 56, 345 ft. ascent, Rated C-C
Leader: George Shepherd cell:405-596-2632 email@example.com
First meeting place: USFS Parking Lot - 160 Zillicoa St. off Exit 25 of I-26
Second Meeting place: Parking on the south side of US 25 just before NC 208 at 10:00
This hike is an alternate (easier) hike for March 11 since the regular hike for that day is a 12 miler. The trail follows the beautiful creek (or river, depending on what map you check) to the ruins of the mining and lumber mill town of Runion near the French Broad. The hike is rated easy with the only downside being some rockiness on parts of the trail.