News for hikersWritten by Admin
Where to hike in Macon County?
A talk on where to hike in Macon County will give listeners some ideas for their next excursion during Franklin’s Friends of the Greenway gathering at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 7, at their headquarters on Main Street.
Olga Pader, President of the Nantahala Hiking Club, will give the lowdown on trails as well as discuss club activities, Franklin’s status as an Appalachian Trail Community and a national study documenting the changes in plant and animal lives affected by climate change.
Hike takes in new Mountains-to-Sea trail segment
A hike along the Mountains-to-Sea Trail along the Haywood-Jackson county line on Sunday, May 10, will show off a newly completed extension that Carolina Mountain Club has spent the last 10 years building.
Kate Dixon, executive director of the Friends of the MST, will come along on this 10-mile hike led by Asheville writer and hiking guide Danny Bernstein. The trek will begin with an in-and-out hike to Waterrock Knob along the Blue Ridge Parkway between Waynesville and Maggie Valley followed by a downhill hike to Balsam Gap using a car shuttle.
Keep Smokies’ trails going
Trail-loving volunteers are wanted to join the Great Smoky Mountains National Park’s Adopt-a-Trail and Trails Forever programs.
Adopt-a-Trail volunteers help maintain the park’s 800 miles of trail and are expected to patrol their section at least four times per season. Duties include removing litter, cleaning out drainage systems, removing brush, maintaining trail tread and removing illegal fire rings.
Trails Forever volunteers — both skilled an non-skilled — work alongside National Park Service crews on a wide range of projects, with the park providing all necessary tools and gear. Work days are held 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesdays through October, starting May 20.