Friday, May 1, 2015

Explore Lakeshore Trail on Guided Classic Hike of the Smokies

Kick off the summer with Friends of the Smokies on a guided hike along Lakeshore Trail in Great Smoky Mountains National Park near Bryson City on May 12. Hikers will experience walking through a 365 foot tunnel, along rushing creeks, and up to a cemetery, all while learning about the history of the area. The hike is led by hiking guide and author Danny Bernstein.

This hike along a section of the Lakeshore Trail is a moderately difficult 9.4 mile loop with a total elevation gain of 1,350 feet.

The hike begins by walking through a tunnel, the length of a football field. The tunnel is a remnant of a halted road project which was to replace a state road that was flooded when the Tennessee Valley Authority built Fontana Dam during World War II. During the 1960’s, 6.2 miles of the replacement road was built. Construction ceased due to environmental concerns. Throughout the day hikers will learn about the history of this area.

This trail today is part of 535 miles of trails in the Smokies open to horses. Hikers will learn how donations to Friends of the Smokies help fund the Smokies Equestrian Leave No Trace Training Program. The Smokies Master Educator’s Alliance comprised of local horsemen and park employees supports Leave No Trace awareness and training efforts in local communities surrounding the park.

Friends of the Smokies hikes are offered on the second Tuesday of each month. Guided Classic Hikes are $35 and include a complimentary membership to Friends of the Smokies. Current Friends members receive a discount and hike for $10. Members who bring a friend hike for free. All registration donations benefit the Friends’ Smokies Trails Forever program.

To register for a Classic Hike of the Smokies and to view a complete listing of hikes, please click here. For any questions please email

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