Monday, May 4, 2009

Caldwell Fork Loop Hike with Carolina Mountain Club

As part of the Smoky Mountains 75th Anniversary celebration, the Carolina Mountain Club will be holding a series of three guided hikes on the North Carolina side of the Smokies this spring. All three hikes are free to the public.

The second hike in this series occurs on 5/17/2009 and will take you on the Caldwell Fork Loop.

Hikers will meet at 10 a.m. at the Rough Fork Trailhead located at the end of the Cataloochee Road.

This hike will take a clockwise loop into the heart of Caldwell Fork country, one of three Cataloochee communities. Hikers will go up the Big Fork Trail and see the elk pens, then cross Caldwell Fork on Caldwell Fork trail and come down Rough Fork trail to Woody's Place. This classic hike blends the old – home sites, graves, and the Steve Woody House - with the new - the return of the elk and the unfortunate assault on hemlocks by the hemlock wooly adelgid.

This hike is 9.3 miles with 1650 feet of climbing. The club is asking that each participant carry a pack with a lunch, two quarts of water, a rain jacket and a warm fleece. In addition, you'll need hiking boots and good hiking socks. The hike leader for this outing is outdoor author, Danny Bernstein.

For more information, please call 828-236-0192 or email at

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