A great way to explore the Smoky Mountains is with a guided group hike. You can enjoy the scenery while learning about the area and perhaps even make some new friends!
Friends of the Smokies is a wonderful local organization that hosts guided hikes for a small fee. Friends of th3e Smokies is involved in several park stewardship efforts such as; hemlock wooly adelphid treatment, historic structure preservation, elk management and the Parks as Classrooms program.
This season’s Smokies Classic Hikes series begins on March 11 with a trek to Little Cataloochee in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The hike is an easy 6.1 mile round loop with an elevation gain of 1,100 feet. Participants will visit historic log cabins in the park and Little Cataloochee Baptist Church.
Hikes are offered on the second Tuesday of every month. Each hike is $10 for current Friends of the Smokies members and $35 for non-members, who will receive a complimentary membership with their first hike. Members who bring a friend hike for free. Registration donations benefit improving trails in the park through Friends of the Smokies Trails Forever Fund.