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Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Eastatoe Passage

Description:   This trail is the newest passage of the Palmetto Trail Conference.  It begins at Keowee Toxaway State Park. Click here for details.

Directions:  (GPS: 34.9318, -82.88641) Gather and depart from KKEPA at 8:45AM or go directly to the park.

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Scaly Mountain

Description:  Scaly Mountain, west of Highlands, is a great vista venue, including the scene on the home page of the BRR website.  Click here for details.

Directions:   (GPS: 35.030692, -83.27325) Pool as usual for a 9AM departure from Walhalla, or 830 from KKEPA.

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Horsepasture River to Cane Break (Lake Jocassee Hike)

On Tuesday, May 7, we will hike the Foothills Trail from the Horsepasture River inlet on Lake Jocasee to Cane Break which includes a scenic boat ride across Lake Jocassee.   You must sign up in advance for this hike. The rain date is May 14.  The cost is $40 per hiker (fee includes tip).  (Jocasee Boat Tours raised their rates.)

This is one of our most interesting hikes and not to be missed.  We have limited room on the pontoon boat so reservations will be taken on a first come, first served basis.

To reserve your space, send a check for $40 per person payable to Susan Goodwin at:
Susan Goodwin
233 Oak Stone Drive
West Union, SC  29696

Susan MUST receive payment by May 4.  Include your email address and phone number on a note with your check so we can contact you. Alternatively, you can give your check to Susan Goodwin (Hehir) during one of our hikes.

We depart via pontoon boat from Devils Fork State Park at 8:45am for a scenic 30-45 minute boat ride to the  trailhead on the Toxaway River.  After hiking east across the peninsula we are picked up by boat at Cane Break (near the Toxaway suspension bridge).  Expect to return to DFSP around 4pm.

If you wish to carpool, meet at Keowee Key by 8am, as you will need time at Devils Fork State Park to pay the state park fee and extra time 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 7.8 mile hike is rated strenuous by the Foothills Conference.  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.  It is a beautiful hike, which takes us through a wild garden of blooming Mountain Laurel. It ends at the Toxaway River on a 225′ suspension bridge, the longest on the Foothills Trail.

Some would argue the best part of the excursion is the swim under the waterfall or the cocktail party on the pontoon boat ride home.  So pack accordingly.  You can leave things on the boat.  Consider sharing a cooler with some beverages and snacks for the boat ride home.

Check the website by 7am the morning of the hike for rain cancellations.

If you have any questions, call Susan at (917) 597-2281 or email suehehir@icloud.com.

FALL OUTING:  September 3-6, 2019

We will kick off our fall hiking season with an outing on September 3-6, 2019 at the Pisgah Inn in the Pisgah National Forest.  Every room in the Pisgah Inn has a spectacular view of the mountains and they have a wonderful restaurant.  The Inn is located at 5000’ on the Blue Ridge Parkway so it should be nice and cool for hiking the first week of September.  

All are welcome and encouraged to attend this popular event. Fifty-four attended last year’s outing.  Recently, the Pisgah Inn added a large deck off the back of their lodge where we can have our Happy Hour.  

Reservations are on a first-come-first-serve basis.  I encourage you to make your reservation now.  This will sell out.

Cancellation Policy:  From the date you make your reservation until 2 weeks prior to your arrival date if you change or cancel, there is a $15.00 processing fee. From 2 weeks to 72 hours there will be a $25.00 processing fee to change or cancel. A cancellation or change from 72 hours until the time of your arrival will forfeit your deposit which is your first night’s room and tax.  

Room Rates:  $180/night for King or 2 Double Beds.  No charge for 2nd person in the room.  Rate includes breakfast, which is served from 7:30am – 10am.

The Pisgah Inn:
408.6 Blue Ridge Pkwy
Brevard, NC 28712
info@pisgahinn.com
http://www.pisgahinn.com
828-235-8228

For Reservations:  Book online at: http://www.pisgahinn.com  Identify yourself as a member of the Blue Ridge Ramblers group in the comments section.  Reservations can also be made by calling 828-235-8228 between 9-4pm (Weather Permitting).   Be patient, they are officially closed until April, although you can make reservations now. Unfortunately, pets are NOT allowed at this hotel.

Hiking Plan:  During the outing, we will meet early each morning and arrange car-pools for about two hiking options (long and short). Refer to the “Special Hikes” section of our web site for a description of some hikes. http://blueridgeramblers.com/?page_id=468

Other Activities:  Non-hiking spouses can enjoy the Cradle of Forestry: Forestry museum (15 miles from the Inn), Looking Glass Falls (14 miles from the Inn). Pisgah Fish Hatchery (13 miles), Cherokee with its Indian village and new casino (60 miles from the Inn), Brevard (20 miles), etc… For more about each activity: http://www.pisgahinn.com/area-activities/

Solo Female Hikers:  If you are looking for a roommate, please contact Nancy Carkhuff for assistance with room-sharing arrangements. (nbctiger@charter.net, 864 944-1940)

Getting There:  The Pisgah Inn is located on the Blue Ridge Parkway at milepost 408.6.  GPS 35.40025, 82.75444.  They are not in Brevard, although you can use this address on your GPS:

The Pisgah Inn
408.6 Blue Ridge Pkwy
Brevard, NC 28712

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