This Week’s Hikes

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Panthertown – “I’ve Never Been Here Before”

Description:  One time we took a wrong turn while hiking in Panthertown and wound up on top of Little Green Mountain.  Bill said, “It’s beautiful, but I’ve never been here before”.  On Tuesday we will go there intentionally.  The hike is approximately 8 miles long and features views from the mountain top, two waterfalls, and Lady Slippers.  Moderate terrain.  We don’t have a PDF yet for this hike, but it is similar to Panthertown South – click here for details.  Bring a small towel for a water crossing.

Directions:   (GPS:  35.165286, 83.049344)  Leave Walhalla or KKEPA at 8:30am.  Reassemble at Stone Bridge Picnic area in time for 9:15am from there.

Thursday, May 16, 2019


Description:  Enjoy the view from the new observation tower on top of the highest point in SC.   5.8 miles of easy/moderate terrain.  Click here for details.

Directions:   (GPS: 35.0634196, -82.7988300)  Gather at Holy Springs in time for 9:15am departure from there.  This requires leaving KKEPA by 8:45.

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

For Reservations:  Book online at:  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.

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:

Solo Female Hikers:  If you are looking for a roommate, please contact Nancy Carkhuff for assistance with room-sharing arrangements. (, 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