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Hike - Maggie Valley, N.C. - Aug.25 - 27, 2014

Overnight Hike Maggie Valley - Black Balsam Mountain


Monday - Wednesday, August 25-27, 2014

Depart at 8:00 am from the Chota Center

We can arrange a place to meet those going from Kahite


Hotel --- Maggie Valley Comfort Inn (828) 926-9106

   Rate $65 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 865-458-8510 (H)  865-850-1951 (C)


Bob Kutschera  865-408-3092 (H)  865-356-1086



Itinerary --- 


Monday, August 25 --- Drive to Maggie Valley with a short and easy hike along the way.   We will hike either at Max Patch a beautiful scenic area about 9 miles off I-40 (if the weather is outstanding) or the Big Creek Trail about 5 miles off  I-40 (if the weather is not as cooperative.)  We will have lunch during the hike.  Following the hike we will continue to Maggie Valley and check into the Comfort Inn between 3:00 and 4:00.


Social hour that evening will be in the hotel breakfast area from 5:00 to 6:00, followed by dinner in a restaurant in either Maggie Valley or Waynesville.  Bring the beverage of your choice and a light snack to share.  Remember we are going to dinner afterwards.  There are good restaurant choices in Maggie Valley and Waynesville.  A couple of the restaurants in Maggie Valley could accommodate a large part of the whole group if we wanted to do that.  We would need to let them know pretty early during the social so that they could keep places available for us.


Tuesday, August 26 --- Leave the hotel at 9:30 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.  That part of the hike will be about 5 miles.  The climbs are moderate but the footing is tricky in places.  I definitely recommend boots and hiking stick(s).  For those interested in adding a couple more miles, we can continue a little farther into the wilderness and wild blueberry area area.  Black Balsam Knob and Tennet Mountain are above 6000’ and have beautiful views.  There may be wild blueberries for the picking.  These mountains offer spectacular views for moderate effort when the weather cooperates.  Plan to bring a trail lunch to eat during the hike.



Options for dinner ---


--- Stay on the Blue Ridge Parkway a few miles from the trail head for an early dinner at the Pisgah Inn with its million dollar view.  The Inn opens for dinner at 5:00.  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 on the Parkway since we will not have a room at the Inn.


--- Return to Maggie Valley/Waynesville to enjoy Waynesville and dinner. That could include an evening social at the Comfort Inn or you could just stop in Waynesville on the return trip.


If the weather is questionable, I’d suggest we all return to the Comfort Inn for a social and then try a different restaurant.


Wednesday, August 27 --- Leave the hotel at 9:30 for the trip back to Tellico Village.  We are planning an optional moderate or easy hike in Cataloochee Cove which is only about 15 miles off I-40 on the way home.  Cataloochee Cove is a valley somewhat like Cades Cove but much less busy.  It is also the area where elk have been reintroduced to the Great Smoky Mountains.  We usually see elk there when visiting.


Other Activity opportunities --- Waynesville, NC with its shops and restaurants, Asheville, NC with the Biltmore House, Brevard, NC, golf, the casino in Cherokee, driving on the Blue Ridge Parkway.


Things to bring --- Hiking boots, hiking stick(s), hat, ample water, lunch for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, rain gear, sunscreen, sunglasses, light snacks for the social hour, trail snacks, beverages of your choice.  Consider long pants and/or a light jacket (it can be cool and windy).


Directions will be provided by email in advance and on paper on Monday the 25th.