With the arrival of summer comes a variety of ranger led hikes in the Great Smoky Mountains and the Blue Ridge Parkway, including:
Rock Castle Gorge Hikes: Every Saturday from 06/16/2012 to 09/22/2012, join a BRP ranger at the Rocky Knob Cabins off of Woodberry Road for a five mile hike through Rock Castle Gorge. Wear good hiking boots and bring water and lunch. There are several stream crossings along the way, so be prepared with waterproof shoes. Shuttle back to cars from VA Rt 8 will be provided for drivers, or you may set up your own shuttle ahead of time. You can call 540-745-9662 for more information. Location: Rocky Knob Cabins, Milepost 174 on the Blue Ridge Parkway (9:30 AM to 2:30 PM).
Hike to Grotto Falls: Every Monday from 6/11/2012 to 8/06/2012, hike with a ranger through an old growth forest to one of the most popular waterfalls in the park. The hike is rated moderate in difficulty. (10:00 AM to 12:30 PM).
The Great Smoky Mountains has various other hikes scheduled throughout the summer. For a complete list of ranger led events, please click here.