For those who embrace the holiday season, this is a must hike. Not only is winter the second best hiking season (by my humble opinion), we get to finish the hike with a magnificent holiday treat.
For those who have never attended Pioneer Village, it boasts a collection of cabins dating to the 19th century and the cabins will be open during this event for your enjoyment. The stories behind some of these cabins are amazing including one that was a safe house on the Underground Railroad.
About the Pioneer Village Candlelight Walk as posted on their website www.caesarscreekpioneervillage.org: "Celebrating Christmas in the early 1800s is different than it is today. Come see how we prepare for the holidays at the village. Tour the Village by candlelight and enjoy the hearth heated cider and hot chocolate. Dress warm!"
We will offer three options for this event, please announce your intention when making your RSVP.
Option A: We will meet at Pioneer Village off Oregonia Rd at 11:30 AM and walk the @12 mile yellow blaze trail, finishing back at Pioneer Village at around 4:30 PM to enjoy the festivities.
Option B: **CHANGE IN MEETING SPOT for Option B hikers only**: Option B hikers should meet us at the Caesars Creek Visitors Center parking area (4020 N. Clarksville Rd., Waynesville) at 3:00 PM for the remaining 4 miles to Pioneer Village. We will shuttle you back to your vehicle immediately upon arriving at Pioneer Village. Please note the "Option A" group is hiking in from Pioneer Village and while we anticipate a 3 PM arrival we may be a few minutes behind schedule. Please enjoy the visitors center while you wait for us.
Option C: Meet us at Pioneer Village for the festivities only. You will easily spot us with our hiking gear.
(For those hiking, please pack a headlamp or flashlight in case it is cloudy and gets dark earlier than expected. Also, pack water, snack food, proper winter gear and you may find poles useful particularly on the 12 miler.)
Please note there is a $7 entry fee for the event but as this is a non-profit organization all money goes to maintaining the village. The Christmas Walk event runs from 4 to 8 PM.