Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Hike to Celebrate Reopening of Great Smoky Mountains National Park

With the Great Smoky Mountains National Park opening up tomorrow, it's time to show solidarity with park employees and park partners!

The Great Smoky Mountains Association and Friends of the Smokies are offering a joint fall color hike along Chasteen Creek tomorrow to celebrate the reopening of Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

The hike will travel along the Bradley Fork and Chasteen Creek Trails to marvel at the changing leaves, late fall flowers, and a tumbling waterfall.

On Thursday, October 17th hiking expert, author of several outdoor publications, GSMA board member and Friend of the Smokies volunteer Danny Bernstein will lead this 7-mile out and back hike. The hike is moderate in difficulty with a total ascent of 1,200 feet and partially follows an old roadbed beside the creek. After the downhill return, participants can get an early jump on their holiday shopping at the Oconaluftee Visitor Center. Please plan to visit the store.

The hike will leave the Bradley Fork Trailhead near Smokemont at 9:45 am.

Hiking in the Smokies

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