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 April 24: NO HIKE DUE TO RAIN
No hike is planned for Tuesday due to rain in the forecast. If the forecast improves, a hike will be posted by Tuesday morning at 7am.
Thursday April 26: OCONEE STATION
There is a chance of rain so we will hike close to home. This 3.5 mile easy hike features an exceptional waterfall and wildflowers. Those hikers wanting a couple more miles of hiking, can add in the Oconee State Park connector trail.
Meet, pool, and depart separately at 8:30AM from KKEPA or Walhalla. (directions).
CLICK HERE for details and directions.
Tuesday May 22: JOCASSEE BOAT RIDE & HIKE TO HILLARD FALLS
On Tuesday, May 22, we'll hike the Foothills Trail from Horsepasture River to Hillard Falls. This hike includes a scenic boat ride across Lake Jocassee starting at the dock in Devils Fork Start Park. You must sign up in advance for this hike. The rain date is May 24. This is one of our most interesting hikes and not to be missed. We have limited room on the pontoon boats so reservations will be taken on a first come, first served basis.
The cost is $35 per hiker (fee includes tip) to be paid the day of the hike at the dock. To reserve your space, give Dana Farr a check for $35 made out to her (Dana is our Treasurer for this event). If you don't see her on a hike, you can send the check to:
533 Great Oak Way
Seneca, SC 29672
We depart via pontoon boat from Devils Fork State Park at 9:00am for a scenic 30-45 minute boat ride to where the Foothills Trail crosses Horsepasture River. After hiking to Hillard Falls, we are given a tour of Lake Jocassee. Expect to return to DFSP between 3:30pm - 4:30pm.
If you wish to carpool, meet at Keowee Key by 8:15am, as you will need time at Devils Fork State Park to pay the state park fee and to load your gear on the boat. The park fee is $5 per adult, $3.25 per senior, or free with a SC Park Pass.
This 7.4 mile hike is rated moderate. The most strenuous part is near the beginning where the trail ascends a steep set of natural and wooden stairs. The remainder of the hike is mostly moderate with a few strenuous sections.
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.
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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
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. (email@example.com, 864 944-1940)