Below are a few outdoor events occuring this week in the Smoky Mountains region that I thought you might be interested in:
North Shore Historical Tour, Wednesday and Saturdays in October. A rare chance to tour the historic sites and artifacts along the shore of Fontana Lake in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park will be offered by Fontana Village Resort in October. The tours depart by boat from Fontana Village Marina. Visits the site of old mining operations on Eagle Creek and Hazel Creek. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. $15 for adults and $7.50 for children. Bring a lunch and water. For more information call 828.498.2122.
Waterfall Photography, Oct. 23. This program, designed for the advanced beginner who would like to take their moving water photography to the next level, will include a drive to a nearby waterfall. While not absolutely necessary, a tripod and camera capable of manual control are suggested in order to allow you to experiment with some advanced techniques. Limited to 15 participants. Ages 12 and up. Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education. Free, but call to reserve a spot: 828.877.4423.
GPS For Dummies, Oct. 25. Presented by Dr. Gary Wein, executive director of the Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust. The lecture will attempt to demystify the concepts behind GPS technology and explain how it finds one’s location. 11 a.m. at the Highlands-Cashiers Hospital in the Jane Woodruff Clinic Community meeting room. For more information, call 828.862.4079 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Animal Tracks And Traces, Oct. 26. Look for tracks, bits of food, fur, even trails laid out to favorite spots. $29. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Great Smoky Mountains National Park. (Meet at the Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont parking lot.) Register online at http://www.outreach.utk.edu/smoky or call 865-974-0150.
HikingintheSmokys.com Detailed information on trails in the Smoky Mountains; includes trail descriptions, key features, pictures, video, maps, elevation profiles, news, hiking gear store, and more.