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Tuesday, September 18, 2018:  RABUN BALD

Description:  At 4696 feet, Rabun Bald is the second highest point in Georgia which should be dryer and cooler in temperature. There are grand vistas in all directions from the old fire tower atop the summit.  This is a moderate 4 mile hike.  Optional stop at “Wife said no” falls on the return for an additional 1-2 mile hike.  Click here for details.

Directions:  (GPS 34.971108, -83.302528)  Meet, pool, and depart as usual from Keowee Key Event Parking lot (KKEPA) at 8:30AM and/or Warthers Auction parking lot in Walhalla at 9AM.

Thursday, September 20, 2018:  CEDAR ROCK

Description:  This moderate 7 mile hike in the Dupont Forest features granite balds, fine vistas, lush forest, diverse flora, and rocky shoals with bold rapids.  Optional stop at Caesar’s Head on the way home to see the migrating hawks.  Bring your binoculars to see the hawks and perhaps some refreshments since it may take an hour before we see them.  Click here for details.

Directions:  (GPS 35.191836, -82.647439) Depart from the US11/178 Mart at Holly Springs at 9:15AM.  That requires leaving Keowee Key Event Parking Area (KKEPA) by 8:40AM.

2018 Fall Outing: Fryemont

Our fall hiking outing will be held September 25-28 at the Fryemont Inn in Bryson City, NC.

All attendees (or their spouses) should have received an email from Susan Hehir with more details about the event.  Please send Susan an email at suehehir@icloud.com if you have not received the email.

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

800-845-4879

fryemont@dnet.net

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.