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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.

Tuesday May 22: JOCASSEE BOAT RIDE & HIKE TO HILLARD FALLS

There is a chance of thunderstorms, so check the website after 7am Tuesday morning for cancellation. This special hike begins with a chartered boat ride across Lake Jocassee and up the Horsepasture River. Then we hike the Foothills Trail to Hillard Falls and back. The rain date is May 24.

The cost is $35 per hiker (fee includes tip) to be paid the day of the hike at the dock.  To reserve your space, contact Dana Farr at (864) 908-8119 or danaffarr@gmail.com (Dana is our Treasurer for this event). There is also a park fee of $5 per adult, $3.25 per senior, or free with a SC Park Pass.

The tour of Lake Jocassee includes a stop at a waterfall to swim, so pack accordingly.  You can leave things on the boat.  Consider sharing a cooler with some beverages and snacks for the boat ride home.  

Meet, pool, and depart from KKEPA at 8:15AM. (directions).

CLICK HERE for details and directions.

Thursday MAY 24: HIKE TBD

Hike will be scheduled by Wednesday

Meet, pool, and depart from KKEPA at 8:30AM. (directions).

CLICK HERE for details and directions.

MARTY CLEARY MEMORIAL SERVICE

A Celebration of Life in memory of Marty Cleary will be held on June 2 from 2:00 - 4:00pm at the Club at Keowee Key. Non-members are asked to enter Keowee Key via the South Entrance.

2018 FALL OUTING: FRYEMONT

Our fall hiking outing will be held September 25-28 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. Forty nine attended last year...including many non-hiking spouses.

This will SELL OUT. Please book your room by April 1. Any extra rooms will be released to the general public after April 1. 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

800-845-4879

fryemont@dnet.net

http://www.fryemontinn.com

Rates Room Description

$125 Queen - single occupancy

$165 Queen - double occupancy

$175 King - double occupancy

$175 2 Queens - double occupancy

$205 Balcony Suites - double occupancy (pets allowed)

$240 2 BRM, 3 beds, one bath - triple occupancy

$335 2BRM Stone Cottage - four occupants

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. 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.

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

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

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