Turn back time to the cool springtime breezes of years gone by with a guided hike to the high-elevation and history-rich trail to Hemphill Bald.
I’m leading a hike on Hemphill Bald on Thursday, May 17 – 8.4 mile hike and 1,500 ft. of elevation. This is one of the “Classic Hikes of North Carolina Smokies”, sponsored by Friends of the Smokies.
Judy Coker of Cataloochee Ranch, which borders the park along the trail, will join the group. Coker will share stories about the relationship of her family over generations with the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, conserving land, and entertaining mountain guests.
The Hemphill Bald Trail follows the spine of the Cataloochee Divide, affording stunning vistas on a clear day and spring wildflowers long gone at lower elevations.
Participants may gather to depart from Asheville at 8:30 a.m. or Waynesville at 9:00 a.m. Meeting locations specified upon registration. 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.
“Classic Hikes of the Smokies” occur on the third Thursday of every month. Other hikes in the 2012 series include the Appalachian Trail and Andrews Bald in June, and Purchase Knob in July.
To register for any of the hikes, contact Friends of the Smokies at 828-452-0720.