Last week the Great Smoky Mountains National Park published their 2015 Spring Ranger-led Program Schedule. The schedule includes events and guided hikes through May 9th. Hikers may want to note that there area series of three guided hikes, as well as a hiking seminar geared towards beginner hikers. Here's a quick look at some of the programs hikers may be interested in. Each of these occurs on a weekly basis:
So You Wanna Take a Hike?
Sugarlands Visitor Center Patio (1:00 pm)
How should you prepare for day hike or overnight trip in the Smokies? Learn the do’s and don’ts in this fact-filled program for all ages and experience levels.
Duration: 45 min
Five Sisters Cove: The Walker Sisters of Little Greenbrier (begins April 13th)
Meet at Little Greenbrier School, near Metcalf Bottoms Picnic Area (11:00 a.m.)
Join a ranger for a 2.2 mile roundtrip hike to learn about the famous Walker Sisters of Little Greenbrier. We’ll talk about adaptation and the flexibility required of these strong willed sisters to live in the old-fashioned way.
Duration: 2 ½ hours
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
In the Heart of Greenbrier
Meet at the Porters Creek Trailhead in Greenbrier (1:00 pm)
Enjoy a beautiful walk through an emerald green forest to one of the Smokies’ hidden gems. See a wonderful waterfall, a babbling brook and learn to identify some lovely wildflowers along the way.
Duration: 3 hours
Hike to Andrews Bald (begins April 2nd)
Meet at Forney Ridge Trailhead near the Clingmans Dome Parking Area (11:00 am)
Join a ranger on a 3.6 mile round trip walk through the spruce-fir forest. This moderate hike will take you out to Andrews Bald, a beautiful meadow on a mountaintop. You can hike leisurely back to the parking lot on your own after reaching the bald or return with the ranger. Sturdy footwear, a lunch, and water recommended.
Duration: 3 hours
To see the full list of all spring programs, please click here.