Friends of the Smokies hike Deep Creek Circular March 19

Mar 01, 2013
Photo by: Donated photo HIkers will visit Tom Branch Falls, one of three waterfalls on the FOS hike around Deep Creek March 19.

It is said that great things come in threes. On March 19, the third Tuesday of the third month of the year, Friends of the Smokies will embark on the first guided hike of the 2013 monthly "Classic Hikes of the Smokies" at Deep Creek, near Bryson City. To celebrate FOS’ 20th anniversary, each hike this year honors an achievement or cause that Friends of the Smokies has supported in Great Smoky Mountains National Park (GSMNP) since FOS establishment in 1993. The Deep Creek Circular hike features the Parks as Classrooms program and is sponsored by HomeTrust Bank.
Friend of the Smokies hiking enthusiast and author of two regional hiking guides Danny Bernstein will be returning as our guide. She will lead Deep Creek hikers along 9 miles of trail with 1,600 ft. of elevation. Continuing with the theme of great things in threes, hikers will visit three waterfalls and three cemeteries Hikers should look out for a headstone that has an inscription meant to be read with a mirror.
This hike celebrates the Parks as Classrooms program which utilizes Deep Creek as an outdoor classroom. Hikers will see sites students use in these programs and may feel like a kid again should they be lucky enough to see frogs or wildflowers as the season shifts to spring.
Friends of the Smokies, through the help of individuals, foundations, and businesses like HomeTrust Bank, helps support the approximately 18,000 students every year in Tennessee and North Carolina that receive curriculum-based education opportunities through the Parks as Classrooms program. These hands-on, ranger-led lessons utilizing GSMNP as an enormous outdoor classroom help foster a love for nature and inform the next generation of park supporters.
Participants depart from Asheville at 8:30 a.m., Waynesville at 9:15 a.m. or Bryson City at 10 a.m. In support of the Smokies Trails Forever program, a donation of $10 for members and $35 for non-members is requested. Non-members receive a complimentary membership to Friends of the Smokies. Members who bring a friend hike for free.
Pre-register for this or any classic hike through Friends of the Smokies at outreach.nc@friendsofthesmokies.org or  call 452-0720. Visit friendsofthesmokies.org for the  list of the monthly hikes, information about park priority projects supported through Friends of the Smokies like Parks As Classrooms and ways to help with Smokies Trails Forever improvements.

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