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We hope you and your family stay safe and healthy in these uncertain times.  COVID-19 is still here and is not likely to go away anytime soon.  Please use caution in participating in the hikes and outings.   We will exercise personal distancing during our hikes and we will drive separately to the trail heads.

Sadly, our regular hiking season is wrapping up and will resume September 1.  There may be a few hikes posted during the summer – check the website occassionally.

 

TUESDAY 7/14/2020:  WHITESIDE MOUNTAIN 

DESCRIPTION:  This 4 mile, easy to difficult hike offers spectacular vistas and rocky balds.  It should be 10-12 degrees cooler in Highlands.    

DIRECTIONS: (GPS: 35.033192, -83.235647).   This is a very popular hike in the summer so we will leave half an hour earlier than usual.  Meet at the Sloane Bridge Picnic area in time for a 8:45AM departure.  (Note it takes 35-40 minutes to drive from KKEPA or Walhalla to Sloane Bridge.)  For more details  click here. 

 

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 to attend this popular event…including non-hiking spouses.

Now a note of caution: The Covid-19 virus is still around and the infection rate is increasing. Eating in the dining room and socializing indoors puts you at HIGH RISK for the spread of Covid-19. Participate in this event at your own risk. Please consider your own health and that of your family before deciding to go. We encourage participants to wear masks and practice social distancing.

We will also schedule a Spring outing once a vaccine is available for Covid-19.

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.  

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

fryemont@dnet.net

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.  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 before heading to the trailhead.  Refer to the “Special Hikes” section of our web site for a description of some hikes under “Fryemont”. 

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.

Contact brrhiker@gmail.com if you have any questions.

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 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: brrhiker@gmail.com.