Friday, May 29, 2009

National Trails Day with the Carolina Mountain Club

The Carolina Mountain Club will be celebrating National Trails Day, Saturday, June 6, by working on a section of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail. The Mountains-to-Sea Trail (MST) stretches 1,000 miles from Clingmans Dome in the Great Smoky Mountains to Jockey’s Ridge on the Outer Banks. At this point, roughly half the trail is complete, however, temporary connectors on back roads and state bike routes now allow people to hike across the state of North Carolina.

To help celebrate National Trails Day this year, the Carolina Mountain Club is inviting anyone interested in helping to extend the trail in the Soco Gap Overlook area (near Blue Ridge Parkway milepost 456).

Club members and volunteers will meet at the Moose Café in Asheville at 9:00 AM on June 6 (rain date - June 13 ) for car pooling. The second meeting place is at the intersection of the Blue Ridge Parkway and Rt. 19, south of Maggie Valley. Tools will be available but if you have digging tools of your own, please bring them.

The CMC is asking that you call all of your friends and acquaintances to invite them as well. The bigger the group, the more the fun! No prior experience is required. Please contact Piet Bodenhorst for more information.

In related news, on Saturday May 2, Frank Potter and Jim Walters of Charlotte became the 14th and 15th hikers to complete the Mountains-to-Sea Trail. You can read about their adventures in their trail journal.

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