4 Oct (Sat). Take-a-Hike, Biodiversity Tour (Mixed hardwood Forest), Boogerman Trail, GSMNP
We will hike a 6.6 mile loop that includes the Boogerman Trail and a section of the Caldwell Fork Trail.
Boogerman contains a large section of old-growth forest including the Boogerman White Pine, the tallest tree in eastern North America.
The once heavily settled Cataloochee Valley is special this time of year when the elk are bugling.
Rated easy to moderate. One way driving distance is 86 miles.
Preregister with Mac Post at 865-806-0980 or firstname.lastname@example.org (email preferred).
11 Oct (Sat). Canoe/Kayak Float, French Broad River.
(Amended description due to boat ramp closures.) This go-with-the-current float covers 5.0 miles from the Seven Islands public access point to the old Huffacker Ferry Road crossing.
Though far from pristine, this river does have some interesting sights and a bit of wildlife (and some not-so-wild life).
There may be some shoal water, but no whitewater. Basic canoe/kayak skills are required. Adverse wind conditions are another possible "hazard."
Sorry but we cannot provide boats, so you will have to contact a local outfitter and make your own arrangements for boats, paddles, and pfds. Pre
-register with Ron Shrieves at 922-3518 or email@example.com (email preferred).
18-19 Oct (Sat-Sun). Backpack, Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area.
We will explore the west end of the area on this 13-mile lollipop route.
Sights include Slave Falls, Needle Arch, and the Twin Arches.
We will camp along Station Camp Creek and hike the Twin Arch Loop on Sunday morning.
Rated moderate. Driving distance about 60 miles each way. Pre-register with Rob Davis at 865-202-6661 or firstname.lastname@example.org (email preferred).
25 Oct (Sat). Take-a-Hike, Old Settlers Trail, GSMNP.
We'll hike the section from Webb Creek to Campsite 33. Traveling the Old
a hiker can see more traces of 19th and early 20th century mountain community life than any place else in the park.
This trail illustrates the powerful force of forest succession after settlement. We will hike 6.5 mile section in the middle passing through many old homesteads marked with chimneys and rock walls.
Rated moderate. One-way drive: 55 miles. Contact Mac Post: 938-3116, email@example.com.