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Wednesday, 21 September 2016 00:00

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Search for salamanders

A short hike in search of salamanders will allow participants to help the National Park Service with an ongoing salamander study 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, at the Purchase Knob area of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Haywood County. 

Known as the salamander capital of the world, this area of the Smokies is known to have 30 salamander species. While the hike will be short, its difficulty is rated as moderate to strenuous. 

Sponsored by the park and Haywood Waterways Association as part of its Get to Know Your Watershed series of outdoor activities. 

Free for HWA members and $5 for nonmembers, with memberships starting at $25. Space is limited; RSVP to Christine O’Brien by Sept. 22, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 828.476.4667.


Hike Deep Creek

Breathtaking waterfalls and historic features will reward hikers who join Friends of the Smokies for a 13.4-mile hike on the Deep Creek loop of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park Tuesday, Sept. 27.

The hike’s a strenuous one, heavy on the mileage and including 1,900 of elevation gain. Danny Bernstein, outdoor enthusiast and writer, will lead the hike.

$20 for members and $35 for nonmembers, with a one-year membership included. Funds go toward trail rehabilitation in the park. Sign up at


Live up the past in Cataloochee

An all-day hiking tour featuring on-site storytelling in Cataloochee Valley will be offered Friday, Sept. 23, through Western Carolina University’s Office of Continuing and Professional Education. 

Asheville author Wayne Caldwell will lead “A Day in Big Cataloochee” in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, regaling participants with his tales of the valley’s history and culture and visiting several of the historic structures still there. The day will end with a 2-mile hike to the Palmer Chapel Church, where Caldwell will read from his 2007 novel Cataloochee.

$69, with registration at or 828.227.7397.

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