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Hike plans and photos are regularly updated, posted, and continuously available on this site. Expect weekly hike plans to be posted by Sunday evening and updated, if needed, by 7AM on the day of each hike. Hikes will occassionally be scheduled during the summer. Check the web site for updates.


This special new hike is a combination of trails: Sam Knob Summit/Sam Knob/Flat Laurel Creek Trails through the Shining Rock Wilderness in NC. These three trails take you through a grassy bald, to the top of a mountain peak located at the edge of the Shining Rock Wilderness area where spectacular views await at 6,050' and back through a high-elevation valley (5,300') into cool, dark spruce-fir forests. It will be a bit cooler at the high elevation. The blooming rhododendrons and views will be our reward on this 3.9 mile moderate hike. Those looking for more hiking can stop on the way home at: Devil’s Courthouse, 0.9 mi total(out-and-back), and/or Eastatoe Falls on private property on way back (15-30 min stop). There is not an additional write-up on this hike yet. Thank Jean Askew for finding and leading this hike. Rain date is July 12.

It is a 1.5 hour drive from KKEPA. It is near the Art Loeb trail. Depart from the US11/178 Mart at Holly Springs at 9AM. That requires leaving KKEPA by 8:30AM. (directions). From Holly Springs, head NW on US178W 17 mi, left on US64W 0.6 mi, then north on NC215 17 mi to Blue Ridge Parkway. Cross under the loop onto the BRP heading north 3.3 mi to Black Balsam Road. Go 1 mi to parking and facilities. Estimated return 4:30PM.


Only 1 room left!

Our fall hiking outing will be held September 25-28 at the Fryemont Inn in Bryson City, NC. There is a 2 BRM suite still available in the Fryemont. If you are interested in sharing it with Trish and Max Noland, contact Trish at panolaniii@aol.com. Cost is $150 per night if you share it with the Nolands.

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. Forty nine attended last year...including many non-hiking spouses.

You can cancel up to a week before we arrive for a full refund.

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




All rooms 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. For reservations, book online at: fryemontinn.com (Identify yourself as a member of the Blue Ridge Ramblers group in the comments section.)

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. 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.

Happy Hour takes place on the large front porch. Non-hiking spouses can enjoy the local bookstores, arts and craft galleries, a historical museum, a scenic train, rafting, a local brewery, and the casino in Cherokee. For more about Bryson City: https://www.greatsmokies.com/downtown.html

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

Questions? Contact Susan Hehir at (917) 597-2281 or suehehir@icloud.com.

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