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Hike the Smokies with Haywood Waterways

Hike the Smokies with Haywood Waterways File photo

Haywood Waterways Association will lead two hikes to Mouse Falls in the Big Creek Watershed of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park on Tuesday, April 9, and Saturday, April 13. 

The event is free for members and a $5 donation is requested for nonmembers. Haywood Waterways’ memberships start at $25.

Hikers will meet at the end parking lot just before the campground at 9:30 a.m., and the hike will conclude by 3 p.m. Local wildflower enthusiast Donna Machen will help identify the great diversity of flowers on display this time of year.

The outing will start with a short walk up Baxter Falls Trail, and for those that want to extend the outing, an easy to moderate 4-mile hike (round trip) to Mouse Creek Falls will follow.

Hikers are reminded to wear comfortable trail shoes and weather-appropriate clothing, as well as to bring water and lunch. Please leave pets at home. Carpooling is highly encouraged.

Space is limited to 13 participants. Members can sign up now; non-members will need to wait until March 26. Reserve a spot for the April 9 hike by contacting Mackenzie Tenan (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and reserve a spot for the April 13 hike by contacting Christine O’Brien (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or 828.476.4667.

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