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Hike - White Oak Sinks - Wed., April 23, 2014

Depart at 8:00 a.m. from the Chota Center
Distance:   Approx.  5 miles
Rating:  Easy
Driving Time:  1.25 hours
Leader:   George Zola   614-937-0767
The White Oak Sinks trail is not an official Smoky Mountain Park trail but it is one of the most spectacular trails to hike at this time of year.  Why?   Because it is one of  3 or 4 of the 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 timing is correct we may also see Yellow Lady Slippers.  It can be a very exciting wildflower hike.  There is also a waterfall and the “Bat Cave”. 
After the hike there will be an optional picnic at Cades Cove Picnic Area.  George will bring charcoal, hamburgers, hot dogs, paper goods and a few sides for a contribution of  $3 per person.   Please bring your own drinks.   Please  RSVP by phone or email to George before  Monday, April 21,  if you plan to attend the picnic.

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