Hike Great Smoky Mountains National Park's Most Improved Trail: Forney Ridge

Monday, August 18, 2014
Clingmans Dome
Clingmans Dome
- photo by Chris Hatfield
Soak up vistas from the highest peak in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Clingmans Dome, on the September Classic Hike of the Smokies. Hikers will also enjoy the fruits of the Smokies Trails Forever program as they walk above the clouds along the reconstructed Forney Ridge Trail.  Hiking guide and author Danny Bernstein will lead this Friends of the Smokies hike on Tuesday, Sept. 9
 
The hike is 7.2 miles in length with a total elevation gain of 1,600 feet and is moderately difficult.
The hike will begin on the Appalachian Trail and Mountains-to-Sea Trail up to Clingmans Dome and continue along the improved Forney Ridge Trail out to Andrews Bald.  
 
As participants hike along Forney Ridge Trail, they will experience how donations made to Friends of the Smokies benefit hiking trails in the park through the Trails Forever program. Major technical trail improvements include rebuilt stairs, redirected water flow off of the trail, and increased general walkability to promote a safe pathway for hikers to enjoy for generations to come.  The Trails Forever crew is currently nearing completion of a major overhaul of GSMNP Chimney Tops Trail.
 
Hikers will also enjoy 360-degree views from Clingmans Dome, the highest point in Tennessee and the highest point on the Appalachian Trail. The hike will conclude with a stop at the Clingmans Dome Information Center, which has the distinction of being the highest park store east of the Mississippi.
 
Classic Hikes of the Smokies are $10 for current members and $35 for non-members who will receive a one-year membership. Members who bring a friend hike for free.  All registration donations benefit the Smokies Trails Forever program.
 
Carpools from Asheville, Maggie Valley, and Gatlinburg available. Times and locations provided upon registration.
 
To register for this or any upcoming Classic Hike of the Smokies, contact AnnaLee@friendsofthesmokies.org or 828 452-0720. For a complete listing of Friends’ monthly Classic Hikes of the Smokies, visit friendsofthesmokies.org/hikes.htmlInformation about support for trail improvements specifically in GSMNP may be found at smokiestrailsforever.org.


Waterfowl, Migratory Bird Hunting Proposals Made During TFWC 1st Meeting In 2018

A preview of the 2018-19 waterfowl and other migratory bird hunting seasons was presented at the Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission’s first meeting of the year. The two-day meeting concluded Friday at the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency’s Region II Ray Bell Building. Jamie Feddersen, TWRA’s Migratory Game Bird Program leader, gave the preview. Seasons and bag limits for ... (click for more)

25,000 Tennesseans Volunteer On Feb. 24 To Plant Trees In Tennessee's 95 Counties

Tennessee Environmental Council is promoting 250K Tree Day, a statewide event on Feb. 24 planting 250,000 trees with 25,000 Tennessee volunteers of all ages.  Tennessee’s growing population equates to more consumption and deforestation, officials said.  The Council’s Tennessee Tree Project was created to plant one million native trees across the state to help repopulate ... (click for more)

Fleischmann Blames Senate Democrats For Government Shutdown

Congressman Chuck Fleischmann blamed Senate Democrats after the Senate’s failure to pass the Continuing Resolution (CR), putting a government shutdown into place. He said,  “I cannot fathom how Senate Democrats, knowing the severity of the issues in question, acted with such insensitivity using our children and our military as pawns, putting party over country. ... (click for more)

From Green Window Shutters To Forks And Spoons, Mount Vernon Restaurant Up For Auction

From the green wooden window shutters to the forks, knives and spoons, the landmark Mount Vernon Restaurant is up for auction. Marc Gravitt, of Gravitt Auction, said there will be an online auction starting Thursday morning and running through Saturday at noon. It will be handled as a "staggered close," he said. The first item will go first, then the second 30 seconds later, ... (click for more)

DACA Or Amnesty To Become The Majority?

As we have the political drama that we see in D.C. let’s be honest about what DACA is all about. We understand as the liberal policies of abortion, dependency on the government and an anti-American globalist / progressive agenda that many have come to realize these policies no longer represent their core beliefs and have left a certain party. Without an influx of new dependency ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: What’s The ‘Super’ Done?

The headline on Jan. 10 in the Times Free Press read, “Report shows Hamilton County students still lagging behind Tennessee peers.” In smaller type underneath, the sub-head added, “Less than 33 percent of county elementary, middle school students read at grade level.” Then, just seven days later, this on Friday, the same newspaper bannered, “Hamilton County Schools superintendent ... (click for more)