Explore America’s most visited national park on guided hiking tours with Friends of the Smokies. See stunning vistas, tumbling waterfalls, and discover the hidden gems of Great Smoky Mountains National Park with the 2014 Classic Hikes of the Smokies, a great day trip from Asheville.
These guided hikes feature interpretation and leadership by celebrated outdoor author, blogger, and hiking expert, Danny Bernstein. Each hike highlights an achievement or cause Friends of the Smokies has supported in the Park. These full day hikes are on the 2nd Tuesday of each month. To support the Smokies Trails Forever program, a donation of $10 for members and $35 for non-members is requested. Non-members receive a complimentary 1-year membership to Friends of the Smokies on their first hike. Members who bring a friend hike for free. To register for any 2014 Classic Hike of the Smokies, contact Brent McDaniel at Outreach.NC@FriendsOfTheSmokies.org or call 828-452-0720.
March 11: Little Cataloochee
6.1 miles, 1,100 ft ascent
Featuring support for historic preservation, in Cataloochee Valley (home to the elk) with historic log cabins and Little Cataloochee Church.
April 8: Newton Bald
10.5 miles, 2,800 ft ascent
Featuring support for cultural protection, spring wildflowers.
May 13: Ramsey Cascades
8 miles, 2,200 ft ascent
Featuring support for hemlock protection, 100-ft waterfall & old growth forest
June 10: Hazel Creek
8 miles, 900 ft ascent
Featuring support for Kress Hall cabin repair. Highlights: Fontana Lake, mills & homesites
July 8 & 9: Cades Cove Experience
Special overnight engagement
Call for details (828) 452-0720
August 12: Charlie’s Bunion via Appalachian Trail
8 miles, 1,800 ft ascent
Featuring support for Appalachian Trail programs
Highlights: Spectacular views
September 9: Clingman’s Dome via Mountains-to-Sea Trail
7.2 miles, 1,600 ft ascent
Featuring support for the Trails Forever Fund
Highlights: Panoramic vistas
October 14: Pretty Hollow Gap
8 miles, 1,500 ft ascent
Featuring support for wildlife management
Highlights: Elk rut and stunning fall color
November 11: Deep Creek Circular
9 miles, 1,600 ft ascent
Featuring support for trout management
Highlights: Beautiful waterfalls
December 9: Kephart Prong
4 miles, 300 ft ascent
Featuring support for environmental education
Highlights: Historic CCC camp structures
Also, for a list of our favorite hikes in the Great Smoky Mountains near Asheville, NC, that you can enjoy anytime, go to http://www.romanticasheville.com/smoky_hiking.htm.