This Week’s Hikes


We hope you and your family stay safe and healthy in these uncertain times.  We are fortunate that our county has not been hit particularly hard, but COVID-19 is still here and is not likely to go away anytime soon.  Please use caution in participating in the hikes.   We will exercise personal distancing during our hikes and we will drive separately to the trail heads.  


TUESDAY 6/2/2020: Horsepasture River in Gorges State Park

Description:  This is a moderate 5.5 mile hike to 3 waterfalls along the Horsepasture River in Gorges State Park.  Definitely a top 10 hike.

DIRECTIONS: (GPS: 35.089119, -82.951828).   Meet and depart from KKEPA at 8:45AM or go directly to the trailhead for a 9:30AM start.  It takes about 40 minutes to travel from KKEPA to the trailhead.    For more details  click here.


THURSDAY 6/4/2020:  Scaly Mountain 

Description:  This is a moderate 5 mile hike to the top of Scaly Mountain near Highlands.  At 4804′ it should be nice and cool at the top.  

DIRECTIONS: (GPS: 35.030692, -83.27325).   Meet and depart from Walhalla at 9AM or KKEPA at 8:30AM.  For more details  click here.


BRR Library

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 and wildflowers 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.  Contact the librarian to request a book at:

2020 Blue Ridge Ramblers Fall Outing

Our fall hiking outing will be held September 8 – 11, 2020 at the Fryemont Inn in Bryson City, NC.  Adjacent to the Great Smoky Mountains, this is a BRR favorite.  The Fryemont Inn is a bit dated, but serves delicious breakfasts and dinners at a reasonable price.  From there we will hike the Smoky Mountain National Park.  All are welcome and encouraged to attend this popular event.  About forty people attended last year…including many non-hiking spouses.

This will SELL OUT.   Please book your room ASAP.  You can cancel up to a week before we arrive for a full refund.  If you want to go for just 1 or 2 nights, that’s OK.   You may have better luck booking directly online since they have limited hours that they answer the phone in the winter.

The Fryemont Inn , 245 Fryemont Street, Bryson City, NC 28713.

Rates Room Description

  • $185 Queen – double occupancy
  • $195 King – double occupancy
  • $195 2 Queens – double occupancy
  • $235 Balcony Suites – double occupancy (pets allowed)
  • $235 – 255 Stone Cottage Suites

All rates include breakfast and dinner.  Although pets are allowed in the Balcony Suites, they are NOT allowed on the trails in the Smoky Mountain National Park.  The Balcony Suites have air conditioning, the other rooms don’t.  However, the temperature usually falls into the 50’s in the evening at this time of year.

For reservations, book online at:  Frymont Inn reservations

Reservations can also be made by calling 800-845-4879 between 1-4pm.  At other times, call Monica on her cell phone at (828) 488-2979.  Identify yourself as a member of the Blue Ridge Ramblers group.  Check-in after 3 pm; check-out is 11 am.  

We meet at 9am each morning and arrange car-pools for at least two hiking options (long and short).  Refer to the “Special Hikes” section of our web site for a description of some hikes under “Fryemont”. 

Happy Hour takes place on the large front porch each day.  Non-hiking spouses can enjoy the local bookstores, arts and craft galleries, a historical museum, a scenic train ride, rafting, a local brewery, and the casino in Cherokee.  For more about Bryson City: Bryson City info

The restaurant serves excellent breakfasts and dinners (included in room rate).  Hikers can order a box lunch by contacting the restaurant a day in  advance.  There are other restaurant options for lunch in Bryson City.

Solo female hikers seeking roommates may contact Nancy Carkhuff for assistance with room-sharing arrangements. (, 864 944-1940)

Questions? Contact Susan Hehir at 917 597-2281 or