Thursday, May 31, 2012

Cucumber Gap Night Awareness Walk

Join the Great Smoky Mountains Association and Naturalist Wanda DeWaard on Saturday, June 23rd, for a Cucumber Gap Loop walk during the late evening and early night hours. Experience a whole new perspective on the park as you focus on the amazing changes that take place as day turns into night.

Special emphasis will be put on using your ability to become aware of night creatures and interpreting what you see and experience using all your senses. Bioluminescent critters, including some fireflies, are sure to make their presence known.

This easy to moderate trek is about 6 miles in length, and includes several small stream crossings. The GSMA recommends bringing a buddy, hiking sticks, water, lunch or light snack, extra socks and stream-crossing shoes, rain gear, and a small flashlight (NOT an LED). Wear good hiking boots and appropriate clothing.

Meet at the upper parking area at Elkmont's Little River Trailhead at 5:30 pm. The walk should finish by 11:00 pm.

Reservations are required by calling 865.436.7318, Ext. 222 or 254. There is a $5 fee for GSMA members; $10 for non-members. Children must be 12 years old and accompanied by an adult. Participation is limited to 20.

For more information on hiking the Cucumber Gap Loop, please click here.


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