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Tag: Classic Hikes of the Smokies

2019 Classic Hikes of the Smokies

January 12, 2019

FOTS Oct 2018 Classic Hike - photo by Linda Spangler

by Julie Dodd Start planning now to join the 2019 Classic Hikes of the Smokies. The hikes are each Tuesday[…]

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Snow changes December Classic Hike destination

December 21, 2018

December Classic Hike 2018 hikers with GSMNP sign - photo by Linda Spangler

by Julie Dodd Snow closed US 441 through the Smokies, but that didn’t keep FOTS hikers from getting in a[…]

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Cades Cove provides special hikes & views for Classic Hike of Smokies two-day event

July 10, 2018

by Julie Dodd Friends of the Smokies held a special Classic Hikes of the Smokies two-day event, June 11-12, in[…]

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2018 Classic Hikes of the Smokies

February 16, 2018

hikers at Hall Cabin

by Julie Dodd The Classic Hikes of the Smokies series, starting its eighth year, offers a way to hike trails[…]

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Hikers explore Elkmont area for December Classic Hike

January 2, 2018

Spence Cabin in Elkmont

by Julie Dodd The Classic Hikes of the Smokies wrapped up 2017 with a hike in Elkmont on Dec. 14.[…]

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November Classic Hike includes tunnel on ‘Road to Nowhere’

December 1, 2017

Hiker on Classic Hike of the Smokies, Nov. 2017

The November Classic Hike of the Smokies was led by Gracia Slater, who lacks just three short hikes to complete[…]

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FOTS hikers explore historic Lakeshore Trail area

November 9, 2017

hikers at Hall Cabin

by Julie Dodd Friends of the Smokies hikers had the opportunity to explore trails in the Fontana Lake area and[…]

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Rainbow Falls restoration work underway

August 30, 2017

Rainbow Falls rock staircase

by Julie Dodd The Trails Forever crew is hard at work restoring the Rainbow Falls Trail, one of the popular[…]

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Alum Cave Trail improvements highlight July Classic Hike of the Smokies

July 25, 2017

hikers on Alum Cave Trail

Steve Pierce was the hike leader for the July Classic Hike of the Smokies to Mt. Le Conte. Steve has[…]

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Great views from Charlies Bunion highlight June Classic Hike

June 27, 2017

Charlies Bunion overview

Steve Winchester was the hike leader for the June Classic Hike of the Smokies. Steve and his wife, Judy, both[…]

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Alum Cave Trail restoration improves hiking experience

June 15, 2017

by Julie Dodd An added bonus of a recent hike to Mt. Le Conte was being able to see the[…]

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Mingus Creek Trail launches 2017 Classic Hikes of the Smokies

April 1, 2017

Mingus Creek Trail hikers

by Julie Dodd A hike on the Mingus Creek Trail launched the 2017 Classic Hikes of the Smokies. Thirty-two hikers[…]

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Classic Hikes of Smokies 2017 schedule

February 21, 2017

Big Creek Classic Hike 2012

by Julie Dodd The Classic Hikes of the Smokies 2017 hiking season begins on March 14 March 28, with a hike[…]

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Noland Creek Trail — November’s Classic Hike

November 18, 2016

Noland Creek hike - Nov. 2016

by Julie Dodd The November Classic Hike of the Smokies was on a beautiful fall day — ten miles on[…]

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Classic Hikes of Smokies help hikers add miles toward Hike 100 Challenge

October 25, 2016

Andrews Bald view

by Julie Dodd Hikers can add 10 miles toward the Hike 100 Challenge by joining the Friends of the Smokies Classic[…]

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Mt. Cammerer provides view for Classic Hike of the Smokies

September 21, 2016

Mt Cammerer hike - 2016-09-14

Mt. Cammerer was the goal for the FOTS Classic Hike of the Smokies on Sept. 13, with the Mt. Cammerer[…]

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Classic Hikes of the Smokies – Charlies Bunion and Mt. Sterling

July 25, 2016

Classic Hike - July 2016

by Julie Dodd Hikers of the Classic Hikes of the Smokies for June and July added 15.4 miles toward the[…]

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Welcome to the team, Marielle!

June 6, 2016

As you may know from our previous blog posts, we have had some exciting staffing changes in our North Carolina[…]

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Hyatt Ridge Trail provides challenge

May 23, 2016

Hyatt Ridge hike - photo by Linda Spangler

by Julie Dodd Challenge was the key theme for the May Classic Hike of the Smokies to Hyatt Ridge. The hike[…]

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Porters Creek Trail provides view of spring wildflowers

April 27, 2016

hikers on Porters Creek Trail

by Julie Dodd The April Classic Hike of the Smokies was the Porters Creek Trail in the Greenbrier, Tennessee, section of[…]

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Little Cataloochee Trail: March’s Classic Hike of the Smokies

April 6, 2016

Hannah Cabin

by Julie Dodd The Classic Hike of the Smokies hikers logged 6.6 miles on the Little Cataloochee Trail on March 8,[…]

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Spring is a time for new beginnings…

March 28, 2016

It’s not too often that our small organization has staffing changes, but we have some happy and sad news to[…]

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Hike 100 challenge encourages you to hike 100 miles of trails in GSMNP during 2016

February 2, 2016

Superintendent Cash Hiking Cove Mountain Trail

by Julie Dodd A great way to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service is by taking the “Hike 100”[…]

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FOTS Classic Hike to Chimney Tops provides views and insights on trail restoration

November 12, 2015

Classic Hike of Smokies Nov. 2015

  by Julie Dodd Trail renovation, mountain-top views, and life in the area before the establishment of the GSMNP were[…]

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Mt. LeConte hike provides memorable experience

August 15, 2015

Rainbow atop Mt. Leconte

Sixty hikers took part in a special FOTS overnight hike to Mt. LeConte, July 20-21. The group departed from the[…]

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Group hikes and hiking workshop provide support for Smokies hiking

March 24, 2015

Dwarf Crested Iris

by Julie Dodd Now is a great time of year for hiking in the Smokies. If you are new to[…]

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Restoring trails and supporting wildlife — FOTS highlights in 2014

December 30, 2014

Cataloochee Bull Elk

by Julie Dodd This post shares highlights of some of the Friends of the Smokies projects for the Great Smoky[…]

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This Week at Friends of the Smokies

December 5, 2014

Winter Crashes Autumn's Party

It’s been a busy week here at Friends of the Smokies! Time to find a nice branch, up high out[…]

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Classic Hike along Pretty Hollow Gap Trail

October 22, 2014

By Anna Lee Zanetti The October Classic Hike along Pretty Hollow Gap Trail in Cataloochee Valley was the first hike[…]

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Welcome our newest Friend, Anna Lee Zanetti

August 20, 2014

Anna Lee Zanetti

Friends of the Smokies is pleased to welcome another addition to its staff, Anna Lee Zanetti as the new Outreach &[…]

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Classic Hike of the Smokies: Danny Bernstein leads group hike from Newfound Gap to Kephart Prong Trailhead

September 11, 2013

Our Class Hike of the Smokies started just a few yards from here -- where President Franklin D. Roosevelt dedicated the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in 1940. Photo by Julie Dodd

by Julie Dodd On a hot afternoon in July, I was part of a group of 27, following master hiker[…]

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