TUESDAY September 14, 2021
HORSEPASTURE Horsepasture River in Gorges State Park
Description: The hike to all four falls is 5.5 miles….some difficult, some easy, averaging moderate with 800ft of climb.
Directions: (GPS: 35.089119, -82.951828). Gather, pool and depart KKEPA at 845AM or go directly to trail head. Click here for details.
THURSDAY September 16, 2021
CHAU RAM on the Chauga River. HIKE CANCELLED
Description: Chau Ram Park features a nice waterfall and large swinging bridge. It includes eight trails totalling about four miles.
Directions; GPS; (34.6814, -83.1445) Gather and pool as usual from KKEPA at 830AM and/or Walhalla at 900AM. Click here for details.
FALL OUTING: Oct 5-8 at GENERAL FRANCIS MARION HOTEL
Our fall hiking outing will be held October 5 – 8 at the historic General Francis Marion Hotel in Marion, VA. It is located just across the NC border about a 4 hour drive from Seneca. From there we will hike Mt. Rodgers National Recreation Area, the Appalachian Trail, and Greyson Highlands State Park in search of wild ponies. We will also hike the Hungry Mother State Park and bike/hike the Virginia Creeper trail. All are welcome and encouraged to attend this popular event. We have 50 people signed up already this year…including many non-hiking spouses.
The General Francis Marion Hotel is one of National Geographic’s Top 150 Hotels in North America. General Francis Marion is also known as the Swamp Fox. He served in the American Revolutionary War (1775–1783). Marion is famous for using irregular methods of warfare and is considered one of the fathers of modern guerrilla warfare.
If you want to go for just 1 or 2 nights, that’s OK. The rooms are very small at the hotel so I would recommend getting the largest room your budget will allow. There are a variety of rooms ranging from one twin size bed for $115/night up to Executive Suites with a King size bed at $204. Most of the rooms have one Queen size bed. Book your room immediately. There were only a few rooms left as of September 1. You can cancel before noon on Oct 4 for a full refund.
To reserve your room, call 276-783-4800 and mention you are part of the Blue Ridge Ramblers Group. We get a 10% discount on the rooms.
General Francis Marion Hotel
107 East Main Street, Marion VA 24354
All rates include a continental breakfast. Check-in after 3 pm; check-out is 11 am. A more substantial breakfast can be found at Sur 81 and Sisters Cafe in town. The rooms are air conditioned, but do not have refrigerators. There is an ice machine in the hotel if you want to bring a cooler for lunch supplies. Pets are not allowed unfortunately.
There is a 2nd floor patio and a nice Card Room that we can use anytime. Bring your own games and cards. We may sample a couple local breweries after hiking as well.
Non-hiking spouses can explore the local shops like the Past Time Antique Emporium, ice cream at Hester’s Country Store & Fudgery, the Smyth County Museum, or take a class at The Wayne C. Henderson School of Appalachian Arts (http://thehenderson.org). Hungry Mother Adventures also offers a Big and Mini Zip Line Tour, a 3-story stunt-jump tower (Our SkyFall), and a 5-faced, 30ft. Rockwall https://hungrymotheradventures.com. Abingdon is a short drive away with more shops, restaurants, and a spa at the Martha Washington Inn. Golfers might enjoy a round at Holston Hills Golf Club (http://holstonhillsgolf.com). The historic Lincoln Theatre may also have something interesting going on while we are there: (https://www.thelincoln.org)
We meet at 9am each morning and arrange car-pools for at least two hiking options (long and short). Go to the Special Hikes section of this web site to see the hikes we have planned.http://blueridgeramblers.com/?page_id=1752
A more detailed Fungenda was been sent out in August to all registered. Contact Susan Hehir at (917) 597-2281 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan to go and did not receive it.
Planning to do some hiking on your own? You can borrow a book from our hiking library. The library contains many different books about hiking in NC, SC, and GA. From our home page click on “Resources”. The bottom half of the page lists the different books available. A big thanks to those who donated to the library: Nancy Carkhuff, Michael Gauderer, Bill Ebeling, and others. To request a book contact the librarian at: email@example.com.