No place is too far to walk if you have the time


Sally Jewell in the Smokies

Sally Jewell, the Secretary of the Interior, was in the Smokies on Monday. Exciting.

This is a test.


Friends of the Smokies hike in Cataloochee


Spring is coming, honest. And so is another year of Classic Hikes of the Smokies.

Friends of the Smokies is offering another series of great monthly hikes, the second Tuesday of the month. OK, I’m leading most of them but it’s all about the hikes and of course, Great Smoky Mountains National Parks. Remember, the Smokies is the real star.

Our first hike this year is Tuesday, March 11th to Little Cataloochee. This hike is easy and a good way introduction to the new year’s hiking schedule. The stats are the following: 6.1 miles round trip with a total elevation gain of 1,100 feet. We’ll visit we visit Hannah Cabin, Cook Cabin, and Little Cataloochee Baptist Church.
We carpool from Asheville and Waynesville. Classic Hikes are $10 for Friends members and $35 for non-members, who will receive a complimentary membership. Members who bring a friend hike for free.

You can pay in advance with credit card over the phone (828-452-0720) or mail a check to Friends of the Smokies, 160 S. Main St, Waynesville, NC 28786. Brent, who co-leads the hikes, can also accept payment on the morning of the hike as cash or check.