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Cataloochee Valley - POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER hiking, historic buildings, etc.

  • Jun 28, 2014 · 12:30 PM
  • Ingles

We will take I-40 west to exit 20 (Waynesville) and stop at the Exxon station there to gather in the folks from Waynesville area.  Then we will drive up to Cataloochee Valley (in the GSMNP), to the old Palmer Chapel and the old Beech Grove School for photos.  We will hike 4.3 miles round trip on the Palmer Creek and Pretty Hollow Gap trails, stopping at back country campsite 39 for lunch/snacks/rest.  We will then return to the valley and visit the old Caldwell house for pictures.  By then it should be late enough in the afternoon for the elk to have come out to graze.  They are magnificent animals and we can hope for some picture opportunities. 

Because it is in the GSMNP, dogs are not permitted.

Bring plenty of water, lunch and snacks, rain gear recommended, poles if you’ve got ‘em, and anything else you might need, including any allergy medicines and sunscreen. 

Please pay your driver $5 for their work and expenses.

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  • Carolyn P.

    NOT HIKE TODAY: Weather reports too rainy/thundery to try it today. We will try again another time.

    June 28, 2014

  • Gordie

    70%+ chance of thunderboomers.
    That will keep the elk hidden in the forest...;-(
    So! We are canceling this hike. Boo, hoo; boo, hoo.

    June 28, 2014

  • Carolyn P.

    Weather may be questionable, so please check this site Saturday morning.

    June 26, 2014

  • Wendy O.

    I just looked at the Cataloochee site and it looks like these trails are open as well as the road into the valley but better double check

    1 · June 25, 2014

  • Gordie

    Brevard & SC participants may meet me at Mills River Ingles (behind the gas station) BEFORE 11:30AM. We will carpool to the Canton Ingles and gather up the rest of the group.
    Confirm to my email - lest I forget about you...;-) [masked]

    June 23, 2014

  • Kathleen M.

    I am not sure where this hike is but I looked up the Cataloochee Valley online site and it was stated that the trails are closed due to trees down and a bridge over a creek down. Not sure if this is updated info.

    June 25, 2014

  • Pat N.

    I would love to do this hike; I'm "on call" this weekend but if I don't have any patients by Saturday morning I will see if I can beg off and meet Gordie at Ingles in Mills River before 11:30. It will be a last minute thing so I won't sign up for it.

    June 24, 2014

  • Anne P.

    Is it 8.6 total miles? Ish?

    June 23, 2014

    • Carolyn P.

      No, sorry, only 4.3 miles total. Should have made that clear. Thanks for noticing.

      1 · June 24, 2014

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