Hiking enthusiast and author Danny Bernstein (Hiking North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains) will lead the 11.4-mile hike on Aug. 9. This hike is strenuous and has a total elevation gain/descent of 3,000 feet.
While working their way up the trail, hikers will learn about the unique history of firetowers in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and about the first project for Friends of the Smokies: renovating the striking Mt. Cammerer stone fire tower.
Participants should gather to depart from Asheville at 8:30 a.m. or Waynesville at 9 a.m. Hikers should come prepared with food, water and appropriate hiking gear for the all day excursion. A donation of $35 to go to the Friends’ Smokies Trails Forever program is requested, and includes a complimentary membership to Friends of the Smokies. A donation of $10 is requested from current Friends of the Smokies members. Members who bring a friend hike for free.