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Hike to take in Hemphill Bald
A park neighbor will join in on a June 9 hike to Hemphill Bald to talk about her family’s relationship, over the course of generations, with the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
The upcoming Friends of the Smokies hike, led by hiking guide and author Danny Bernstein, will bring along Judy Coker of Cataloochee Ranch, whose family has owned the parkside land for many years. The group will take the Hemphill Bald Trail, which follows the spine of Cataloochee Divide and offers stunning vistas and spring wildflowers that are long gone in the lower elevations.
Cost is $10 for Friends of the Smokies members; $35 for non-members with one-year membership included. Members who bring a friend hike free. Registration proceeds benefit the Friends’ Smokies Trails Forever program, which provides skilled reconstruction for priority trails in the park.