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Wednesday, 15 October 2014 00:00

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Hikes take in fall color

The Nantahala Hiking Club has a busy itinerary set for Oct. 25, with three hikes planned to suit a variety of skill levels.

A Saturday hike is the norm for the club, but the number of hikes, as well as hikes further afield from the home base of Macon County, have been ramped up as fall leaf season beckons.

Non-members are welcome on the hikes but must reserve a place with the trip leaders listed. 

• A strenuous hike to Mount LeConte via the Boulevard Trail and returning on the Alum Cave Trail, will leave from Dillsboro at 7:30 a.m. The outing will include 64 miles of driving and 13 miles of hiking, including 3,000 feet of elevation change. Experienced hikers only. Don O’Neal, 828.586.5723.

• A moderate-to-strenuous hike to Sweat Heifer Creek and Kephart Prong will leave from Cherokee at 9 a.m. The 7.5-mile hike includes 800 feet of climbing and 300 feet of descent, featuring views and a cascade. 30-mile roundtrip drive. No dogs. Keith Patton, 828.456.8895.

• An easy-to-moderate hike on the Whiteside Mountain Loop Trail will leave from Franklin at 11 a.m. with a 38-mile roundtrip drive. The 2.5-mile loop includes 400 feet of elevation change and features an overlook of the landscape 2,100 feet below and opportunity to sight peregrine falcons. Vicki Knisley, 828.371.4954.

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