Classic Hikes of the Smokies kick off in Cataloochee

Mar 05, 2014

Shake off the winter blues and stretch your legs with Friends of the Smokies’ first Classic Hike of the year.

Renowned outdoor author and hiking expert, Danny Bernstein, will lead a guided hike to Little Cataloochee Tuesday, March 11. Participants will enjoy a 6.1 mile hike on Little Cataloochee Trail in Great Smoky Mountains National Park (GSMNP).

This hike is easy in difficulty with a total elevation gain of 1,100 feet. Each 2014 Classic Hike will highlight a park program that Friends of the Smokies has supported. In March, participants will learn how donations made to Friends of the Smokies benefit efforts to preserve the park’s treasured historic structures.

Hikers will visit Hannah Cabin, Cook Cabin, and Little Cataloochee Baptist Church along the trail. This Classic Hike is $10 for current Friends of the Smokies members and $35 for non-members, who will receive a complimentary membership. Members who bring a friend hike for free.

All registration donations benefit the Smokies Trails Forever program. Meeting locations for the hike will be in Asheville and Waynesville. To register for this Classic Hike of the Smokies, contact or 828-452-0720. Information about support for trail improvements in GSMNP may be found at