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Wednesday, 19 November 2014 00:00

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Hike off the Thanksgiving pounds

A pair of hikes from Carolina Mountain Club and Nantahala Hiking Club will help the health-conscious (and cold weather tolerant) keep the Thanksgiving dinner pounds away. 

n Prepare for Thanksgiving dinner with a moderate-to-strenuous 9.6-mile hike on Nov. 24 from the newly opened Winding Stair Road in Macon County 5,216-foot Siler Bald, which features 360-degree views and a large, grassy area for picnic lunches. The hike navigates 1,300 feet of elevation change. RSVP to Diana Otera/Rudolph Buchholz, 765.318.9981.

n Work off the turkey on Nov. 29 with an 8.5-mile hike starting from Pisgah Fish Hatchery, located off of U.S. 276 in Transylvania County. This CMC hike will climb 1,900 feet and navigate a loop including Butter Gap, a bushwhack up to the south ridge of Cedar Rock Mountain and Cat Gap. On clear days, Cedar Rock Mountain sports wide views and a great lunch spot. RSVP to Bruce Bente, 828.699.6296 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

For more hiking club hikes, see the Outdoors calendar.


Scale the wall in Panthertown

An 8-mile hike to the “great wall” of Panthertown Valley near Cashiers will leave from Franklin at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 22.

The route, featuring 800 feet of elevation change, descends into the valley, passes Granny Burrell Falls and climbs the wall on steps cut into the granite rock. Organized by the Nantahala Hiking Club. 

Panthertown, nicknamed the “Yosemite of the East,” is a recreation area in the Nantahala National Forest.

RSVP to Gail Lehman, 828.524.5298. No dogs.

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