Caldwell Fork Hike – Wed April 22

White TrilliumHikers, let’s try it again. On Earth Day!

Due to flash flood warnings, Classic Hikes of the Smokies rescheduled the Caldwell Fork Loop Hike to next Wednesday April 22. We are a resilient bunch and we are going to try it again! I hope we have better luck with the weather this time around.

Join Friends of the Smokies and hike through history in Great Smoky Mountains National Park‘s Cataloochee Valley. We’ll enjoy scenic views, wildflowers, rushing creeks, a grave site and a historic home along Caldwell Fork Loop.


Caldwell Fork Loop, is 9.4 miles in length with a total elevation gain of 1,650 feet, it is moderately difficult. Hikers will visit the historic Woody House and a union gravesite.

The hike first begins on Big Fork Ridge Trail and flows clockwise into the heart of the Caldwell country, one of the three settlements in the Cataloochee community. This hike blends the old with the new from the historic Woody Home to the reintroduction of elk in 2001. The elk in Cataloochee Valley have grown to a sustainable population over the years and graze the valley during dawn and dusk. During the morning hours hikers may have the opportunity to view these amazing creatures.

To sign up, contact Anna Lee at or 828-452-0720.


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