Classic Hikes of the Smokies benefits Trails Forever and monthly hikes focusing on interpretation of the history, flora and fauna of park trails. Hikes vary in distance, difficulty and location within the park. Hikers will enjoy a comprehensive overview of the Smokies, high Appalachian vistas, streams teeming with aquatic life, and much more. Details and registration online.
March 9 – Mingus Creek 4 miles/easy: Historic cemeteries and mill, wildflowers Register here.
April 13 – Porters Creek 7.4 miles/moderate: Wildflowers, cascades. Register here.
May 11 – Baxter Creek to Mt. Sterling 12.2 miles/difficult: Wildflowers, views, firetower. Register here.
June 8 – Smokemont Loop 6 miles/moderate: Forest walk. Register here.
July 13 – Flat Creek 5.2 miles/easy. High elevation creek. Register here.
Aug. 10 – Lost Cove Loop 11.8 miles/difficult: Appalachian Trail, Fontana Lake. Register here.
Sept. 14 – Mt. Cammerer 12 miles/difficult: Appalachian Trail, fire tower. Register here.
Oct. 12 – Noland Creek 8.4 miles/moderate: Fontana Lake, forest walk. Register here.
Nov. 9 – Boogerman Trail 7.4 miles/difficult: Cataloochee Valley history, old growth poplars, elk. Register here
Dec. 14 – Old Sugarlands Trail 7 miles/moderate: Holiday celebration, forest walk. Register here.