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Wednesday, 20 May 2015 00:00

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Public invited to Graveyard Fields hike

Haywood Waterways will lead a free hike in Graveyard Fields on Saturday, May 23, that will explore the headwaters of the Pigeon River.

Graveyard Fields is a high mountain valley located at 5,000 feet and is surrounded by several peaks over 6,000 feet. This area once supported dense spruce and fir forests but heavy logging in the early 1900s — followed by a devastating fire — left much of the soil infertile. 

The event is part of Haywood Waterways “Get to Know Your Watershed” series of outdoor hikes, lectures and paddle tours. Haywood Waterways works to maintain and improve the waterways of Haywood County through education, public events, and partnerships that bring technical and financial resources to restore degraded waterways.

Interested hikers should meet at the Jukebox Junction Soda Shoppe at 9 a.m. to carpool and will depart sharply at 9:15 a.m. The hike will conclude by 1:30 p.m. Hike is considered moderate in difficulty. Bring lunch and light refreshments will be provided by Haywood Waterways. Carpooling encouraged due to limited parking.

RSVP by May 20 to Christine O’Brien at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 828.476.4667.


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.

Alan Chapman, 828.497.1949 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  

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