Friends of the Smokies hosts hike along historic Noland Creek
The next guided Classic Hike of the Smokies will take place Tuesday, Sept. 17 along the Noland Creek Trail in Great Smoky Mountains National Park (GSMNP) near Bryson City. Hikers will see cemeteries and remnants of home sites on the 9-mile out-and-back hike which follows the rushing Noland Creek on an old road bed, ascending a gentle 800 feet.
In honor of Friends of the Smokies’ 20th anniversary, historic preservation will be featured on the guided hike with attendees learning how donations to Friends of the Smokies have helped preserve specific historic places in GSMNP.
The scenic hike will be guided by volunteer hike leaders Sharon McCarthy and Gracia Slater. Both are members of the 900 Miler Club, having hiked all the trails in GSMNP.
McCarthy, from Charlotte, completed the challenge in one year in honor of her 50th birthday. She recently completed the Mountains-to-Sea Trail with Danny Bernstein.
Slater completed all of the trails in day hikes, sometimes hiking upwards of 25 miles per day to reach the deep interior of GSMNP. She is a member of the legendary Margaret Stevenson Wednesday Hikers and resides in Western North Carolina.
The guided Friends of the Smokies hike is $10 for current members and $35 for non-members, who will receive a complimentary membership. Members who bring a friend hike for free. All registration donations are tax-deductible and go toward the Smokies Trails Forever program.
Meeting locations for the daylong excursion will be in Asheville, Waynesville and Bryson City.
To register for this hike or any of the Classic Hikes held on the third Tuesday of each month, contact email@example.com or 452-0720. For a complete list of hikes offered by Friends of the Smokies, visit friendsofthesmokies.org.
Information about support for trail improvements in GSMNP may be found at smokiestrailsforever.org.