Hiking Big Creek

FOTS- Big Creek 2012

Today I hiked Big Creek in Great Smoky Mountains National Park with 12 other Friends of the Smokies members. Big Creek is on the NC/TN border and must be the easiest 10 miles in the park.

For several hikers, this was their first introduction to the Smokies. Some people take longer than others to learn about their surroundings. I was thrilled that they decided to come to the park today.

FOTS-BigCreek2012midnightholeThe highlight of the hike was Midnight Hole, a pool about 1.5 miles from the trailhead. A half-mile later, we stopped at Mouse Creek Falls. But we followed Big Creek the whole way up to the campground – and yes, the whole way down.

FOTS-Big Creek HollySHolly S. came from the TN office of Friends. It was her birthday – a big birthday – and she decided, wisely, to celebrate it in the park. Here she is climbing on the rock at Midnight Hole.  

She then jumped off the rocks but unfortunately I didn’t get a picture of her jump. Happy Birthday Holly.

 Classic Hikes of the Smokies occur monthly on the third Thursday.
The next hike is on Thursday, October 18. 

To register for any of the hikes, contact Friends of the Smokies at
hollyd@friendsofthesmokies.org or 828-452-0720.


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