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Hike - Maggie Valley, NC - Black Balsam Mt. - Aug. 29-31, 2011

Tellico Village Hiking Club Overnight Hike Maggie Valley - Black Balsam Mountain Monday - Wednesday, August 29-31, 2011 Depart at 8:00 am from the Cooper Visitors Center Hotel --- Maggie Valley Comfort Inn (828) 926-9106 Rate $55.99 per day + tax provided we use at least 15 rooms Mention Tellico Village Hiking Club when making reservation Please notify Curt Sheldon by phone or email after making a reservation For Additional Information --- Curt Sheldon 458-8510 or Preliminary Itinerary --- Monday, August 29 --- Drive to Maggie Valley with a stop to hike and have a trail lunch. We are still considering several options for the hike but plan for it to be easy to moderate, between 4 and 6 miles. Possible hikes include Max Patch, the Flat Creek Trail, and the Mingus Creek Trail. All of these trails could be hiked for shorter distances if desired. Check into the hotel between 3:00 and 4:00. Social hour in the hotel breakfast area from 5:00 to 6:00, followed by dinner in a restaurant in either Maggie Valley or Waynesville. Tuesday, August 30 --- Leave the hotel at 9:00 for the drive to Black Balsam Knob (approximately an hour). Hike over Black Balsam Knob and Tennet Mountain (Shining Rock Wilderness area) and enjoy the beautiful 360 degree views. We can have an easier and harder version of the hikes. There should also be wild blueberries ripe for the picking after hiking in for 3 or 4 miles, or choosing an alternative trail. These mountains offer spectacular views for moderate effort when the weather cooperates. We will plan to have a trail lunch during the hike. Options for dinner --- --- Stay on the Blue Ridge Parkway for an early dinner at the Pisgah Inn with its million dollar view. The Pisgah Inn does serve beer and wine for those who wish. There does not seem to be a good option for an evening social since we will not have a room at the Inn. --- Return to Maggie Valley/Waynesville for dinner. That could include an evening social at the Comfort Inn or people could just stop in Waynesville on the return trip. Wednesday, August 31 --- Leave the hotel at 9:00 for the trip back to Tellico Village. Optional hike to one of the three possibilities listed for Monday. Other Activity opportunities --- Asheville, NC with the Biltmore House, Brevard, NC, Waynesville, NC, golf, the casino in Cherokee, driving on the Blue Ridge Parkway