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Wednesday, 24 September 2014 00:00

News for hikers

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Family day on the A.T.

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s fourth annual Family Hiking Day will provide some local opportunities for Western North Carolina families. The program is designed to introduce families to the Appalachian Trail and orient them to the benefits of spending time outdoors. With the event comes some special activities and specially recommended hikes for families to try. 

Guided hikes in the area include:

Standing Indian Campground-area hikes with distances between 1 and 4 miles. Hikes will leave at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 28, from the Standing Indian Picnic Shelter at Standing Indian Campground in Macon County. With difficulties ranging from easy to moderate and destinations including shelters, creeks and forests, there will be options to suit all ages and ability levels. 

Nantahala Hiking Club volunteers will lead some outdoor activities before the hikes step off and then serve as hiking guides. They’ll provide refreshments when the hikes conclude. 

Free, with pre-registration required. 828.369.7352.

Max Patch Bald, an easy-to-moderate 4-mile loop near Hot Springs that features open meadows, shaded forest and 360-degree views. The hike will meet at the trailhead at 10:15 a.m. RSVP to Jan Onan at 828.606.5188 or Diane Saccone at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . 

 

Photo hike to catch first signs of fall 

A photography hike to Black Balsam Knob Sunday, Oct. 5, will give amateurs and photographic pros alike a chance to enjoy landscapes ranging from grassy balds to mountaintop views and attempt to capture them on-camera. 

Clay and Carmen Nations of Nations Photography will come along on this Jackson County Parks and Recreation outing to give tips and feedback. The hike is 3 miles roundtrip and climbs to 6,214 feet. 

$25 per person, with adult accompaniment required for youth under 16 and legal guardian present at registration for youth under 18. Register through Oct. 1 at the Cullowhee or Cashiers/Glenville recreation centers, 828.293.3053 or 828.631.2020. Space is limited. Jennifer Bennett, 828.293.3053 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . 

 

Make a splash at Bee Cove Falls

The Nantahala Hiking Club will lead a 6-mile trek to Bee Cove Falls in South Carolina Saturday, Oct. 4, leaving at 10 a.m. from the Cashiers Recreation Center for a 22-mile roundtrip drive. The moderate hike will traverse forested trail to reach an 80-foot-high, multi-layered waterfall. 

RSVP to Mike and Susan Kettles, 828.743.1079. No dogs. 

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