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Hike-White Oak Sinks & Spruce Flats Falls-Wed., Apr.24, 2013

 
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24, 2013
Depart at 8:00 a.m. from the Chota (Cooper) Center
 
WHITE OAK SINKS & SPRUCE FLATS FALLS
Distance:   Approx. 4 miles (White Oak Sinks) and 2 miles (Spruce Flats Falls)
Rating:    Easy
Driving time:  1.25 hours
Leader:  Tom Ringenbach    458-0915   tommamie@charter.net
 
The White Oak Sinks trail is not an official Smoky Mountain Park trail but it is one of the 3 or 4 best trails in the Park for viewing wildflowers.  One can expect to see the floor of the Sinks covered with purple Phlox.  It is also one of the few places in the Park where you can see Shooting Stars and Blue Bells.  If the time is correct we may also see Yellow Lady Slippers.  It can be a very exciting wildflower hike.  There is also an unusual “disappearing” waterfall and the “Bat Cave”!
We are also offering an optional 2 mile hike that starts just down the road at the Tremont  Institute.  The  highlight of this short hike is the Spruce Flats Falls, which are a very nice scenic destination for this hike.

Hiking boots and hiking sticks are recommended.Driving directions will be provided the morning of the hike.
Bring water and a trail lunch. Carpooling is recommended, passengers are asked to contribute $6 to the driver to help cover gas, etc.