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Wednesday, 11 October 2017 00:00

Go for a hike

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Support Nantahala trails

The Nantahala Hiking Club will hold its annual awards and spaghetti dinner fundraiser at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13, at First Presbyterian Church in Franklin.

The evening will honor members who maintain the Appalachian Trail and keep the group functioning, as well as a dinner that is one of two fundraisers the club holds each year. Attendees should bring $10 per person, a dessert to share and dishes and silverware to use.

The event is located inside the church’s Tartan Hall. www.nantahalahikingclub.org.


Experience the Parkway’s yesterday

An easy, 1.5-mile hike exploring the Buck Spring Lodge ruins will set off from the Blue Ridge Parkway near the Pisgah Inn at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 13.

The group, to be led by Blue Ridge Parkway rangers, will meet at the Buck Spring Gap Overlook at milepost 407.4. Along the way, they’ll learn about the Vanderbilt connection to Mount Pisgah and how they family used this area as a mountain getaway.

Free. Hikers should bring water, sturdy walking shoes and clothing for changeable weather.

828.298.5330, ext. 304.


Hike Charlie’s Bunion

An 8-mile roundtrip hike to one of the best views in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park will begin at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17.

This Great Smoky Mountains Association hike will explore the Appalachian Trail as far as Charlies Bunion, a magnificent rock outcrop looking out over ridges upon ridges of mountains. The iconic feature got its name after a group of hikers including Horace Kephart, George Masa and Charlie Conner went out to assess damage from a 1929 cloudburst. Awed by the sight of the newly exposed rock, the group decided to take a humorous approach to naming and decided that the knobby bluff resembled Charlie’s bunion.

The hike is rated as moderate to strenuous and will likely conclude around 4 p.m. Hikers should come dressed for changeable weather with sturdy shoes and enough food and water to fuel them for a day. The event is part of GSMA’s Hiking 101 series of excursions designed to enhance knowledge and appreciation of the park’s backcountry.

$10 for GSMA members and $35 for nonmembers, with annual membership included.


Tour the arboretum trails

Guided hikes along the woodland trails of the N.C. Arboretum in Asheville will be offered at 1 p.m. Tuesdays and Saturdays through the end of October, led by trained volunteer guides.

Groups meet at the Baker Exhibit Center Lobby and space is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Programs are held rain or shine and last 1.5 to 2.5 hours, depending on group interest, covering 1-2 miles. Topics include plant and tree identification, natural history and cultural history of the arboretum’s land.

Free. Recommended for ages 8 and up. Donations to the N.C. Arboretum Society appreciated, with regular $14 parking fee for non-members. Groups of 10 or more should book a private tour.

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