National Trails Day at Waterrock Knob

Carolina Mountain Club, North Carolina State Parks and the Blue Ridge Parkway will be celebrating National Trails Day (Saturday June 4) at Waterrock Knob on the Mountains-to-Sea Trail. And everyone is invited. Yippee!

All the activities start from the Waterrock Knob Visitor Center (MP 451.2) on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Come to one or all the events.

NTD 2016
NTD 2016

Here’s the schedule:

Trail Maintenance
Morning Maintenance – Meet at 9:15 a.m. at Waterrock Knob, located at milepost 451.2 on the Blue Ridge Parkway, to do rehabilitation of the trail going to the top of the knob.

Morning Hike – Meet at 9:30 a.m. at Waterrock Knob, located at 451.2 on the Blue Ridge Parkway, to hike four miles of the MST. Although this will be a downhill hike, it will be rocky. You need to wear closed toe shoes such as sneakers or hiking boots. I’ll be leading the hike.

20160526WaterrockKnobtrailADedication  at 1 pm. This is where all the dignitaries will converge and tell us how wonderful this trail work is.

Afternoon Hike – Immediately following the dedication, CMC will offer an easy 2-mile hike leaving from Waterrock Knob on the MST. Wear closed toe shoes such as sneakers or hiking boots. Barbara Morgan will be leading this hike.

CMC is very proud of its trail work over the years. Here are some details:

WaterrockKnob steps
WaterrockKnob steps

In 2002 CMC volunteered to assume responsibility for the building of the new MST section estimated to be 14.7 miles, from Balsam Gap south to Heintooga Road. After much planning, the first recorded work on this section was in 2006. On June 4, 2016, we’ll celebrate the completion of this work.

Multiple crews worked on laying out and building the trail. There were nearly 250 workdays dedicated to this section and almost 25,000 volunteer hours worked by over 250 different individuals over the 10 years of construction.

The Blue Ridge Parkway staff has said that CMC contributes more volunteer hours to Parkway projects than any other organized group.

But the trail is only useful if hikers walk on it. So come and enjoy the fruits of all this labor. it’s all free and open to the public.

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