Join in on the holiday spirit with Friends of the Smokies final Classic Hike of 2014 on Tuesday, December 9th. On this half-day hike, participants will walk on Kephart Prong Trail in the Smokies to Kephart Prong Shelter.
The trail has the ruins of an old Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) camp. Participants will enjoy a 4.0 mile round trip hike, an easy hike with a total elevation gain of 300 feet. If you’ve been wondering about Friends of the Smokies hikes, this is the one to try.
Hikers will visit historic sites from the Civilian Conservation Corps and will cross multiple foot bridges originally built during the Great Depression and still functioning well. Afterwards, hikers will warm up inside Oconaluftee Visitor Center (OVC) while enjoying hot beverages and a potluck gathering. Hikers will have the opportunity to enjoy the exhibits in the visitor center and visit the Great Smoky Mountains Association bookstore to shop for local holiday gifts. Friends of the Smokies members receive 15% off their purchases.
The visitor center plays a key role in educating visitors about the national park through exhibits that tell the story of life in the Appalachian Mountains from Native Americans, early European settlements and the development of the national park. Friends of the Smokies license plate owners and donors along with Great Smoky Mountains Association funded the visitor center building and exhibits.
You have to be a member of Friends of the Smokies, so this might be a good time to join.
To register for this Classic Hike of the Smokies, contact AnnaLee@friendsofthesmokies.org or call 828-452-0720. Visit our website for more information about upcoming events friendsofthesmokies.org