Join Friends of the Smokies for a fall color hike Oct. 15
Join Friends of the Smokies on a hike Tuesday, Oct. 15 along Bradley Fork and Chasteen Creek Trails in Great Smoky Mountains National Park (GSMNP) to marvel at the changing leaves, late fall flowers and a tumbling waterfall. This hike celebrates Friends of the Smokies’ support for water quality monitoring programs within GSMNP.
Hiking expert, author of two regional hiking guide books (plus a new book on her hike of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail) and Friend of the Smokies volunteer Danny Bernstein returns to lead this 7-mile out and back hike. The hike is moderate in difficulty with a total ascent of 1,200 feet and partially follows an old roadbed beside the creek. After the downhill return, participants can get an early jump on their holiday shopping at the Oconaluftee Visitor Center and in nearby Cherokee.
In celebration Friends of the Smokies’ 20th anniversary, this hike along the cool and clear Chasteen Creek will focus on water quality improvements within GSMNP. Donations to Friends help to support water quality monitoring projects within the park, which are part of the effort to reduce the environmental impact of airborne acid.
Participants will gather to carpool to the all day excursion in Asheville, Maggie Valley and the park.
In support of the Smokies Trails Forever program, a donation of $10 from current members and $35 from non-members is requested. Non-members receive a complimentary membership to Friends of the Smokies. Members who bring a friend hike for free.
Since 1993, the not-for-profit Friends of the Smokies organization has raised more than $41 million to help maintain Great Smoky Mountains National Park as a crown jewel of the national park system, including the establishment of the $4 million Trails Forever endowment to improve Smoky Mountain hiking trails in perpetuity.To register for this hike or any classic hike held monthly on the third Tuesday, contact Friends of the Smokies at firstname.lastname@example.org or 452-0720.
For a complete list of the Classic Hikes, visit friendsofthesmokies.org.
Information about support for trail improvements in GSMNP may be found at smokiestrailsforever.org.