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Flat Laurel Creek/Little Sam/MST Loop ~7 miles

  • Aug 13, 2013 · 9:30 AM

Let's meet at the Bi Lo at 64/280/276 and go up to the Parkway/215 and hike on the Flat Laurel Creek trail, then up Little Sam Knob trail, then back down on the Mountains-to-the-Sea trail with a stop at Devil's Courthouse along the way. The trail is moderate (some up and down, but I consider it gentle) with beautiful streams, small waterfalls, and a variety of plants. Expect some mud! Hoping the blackberries are ripe - there are lots up there. We'll take a fairly relaxed pace, allowing for photos, stopping for lunch, picking berries, and of course taking in the spectacular view when we cut over to Devil's Courthouse from the MST. We should be back to the Bi Lo between 3 and 4 p.m., but please be flexible!

We'll walk about a mile down 215 to get back to the cars. Parking is very limited at the trailhead, so we'll carpool from the Bi Lo. Asheville folks, feel free to organize a carpool from there and communicate on this page. Don't forget to contribute gas money to drivers. Leashed, well-behaved dogs are welcome. Please park on the far side next to the Pizza Hut. I have a blue Subaru.

My cell is[masked] if you need to reach me the day of...thanks!


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  • sarah

    Thanks everyone- that was wonderful!!

    August 14, 2013

  • Marie

    Very nice hike -- thanks Carrie! It was a pleasure to meet everyone in the group.

    August 14, 2013

  • deborah H.

    Great group! I look forward to seeing you again soon. Let me know if you are out Sapphire way.

    August 14, 2013

  • Carrie

    Great day, great group! Thanks! Glad we didn't let the rain dampen our spirits!

    August 13, 2013

  • Richie R.

    Hi, I see I was confirmed for the hike after I was on the waiting list. I didn't know it worked that way...didnt think it was so automatic. It is now too late. Thanks, though.

    August 13, 2013

  • Margot D.

    Just learned about the hike today so I'll look forward to the next one.
    Margot

    August 13, 2013

  • Tanya

    Sorry, it's pouring rain at my house now. I don't want to head out in this weather.

    August 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    hey all, I don't have a ride any more so if anyone is coming from Asheville with room let me know[masked], or otherwise I hope to catch a hike with you all soon!

    August 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am not going to be able to make it after all. So sorry!

    August 13, 2013

  • deborah H.

    I have a couple of photos of mushrooms from my property in Sapphire if there are an experts at identification! I am interested in learning what they are when I am out and about.

    August 13, 2013

  • sarah

    Anyone have room or want to ride with me from Asheville?[masked]

    August 12, 2013

  • sarah

    Steve- thanks so much-
    Carrie- Is that okay?
    I'll check in the early AM or call your cell Carrie.

    August 12, 2013

  • Annelie

    I will be meeting you at trailhead so don't wait for me at BI-LO. Thanks!

    August 12, 2013

  • sarah

    Any chance I can go? Very new to area. Would love to go along.

    August 12, 2013

  • deborah H.

    I live in Sapphire and I ma really looking forward to this hike --see you Tuesday morning!

    August 12, 2013

  • Sammy F.

    Darn, this is a nice hike. Wish it wasn't during the week. Have a good time, and hope you don't have to cross Flat Laurel Creek with high water.

    August 11, 2013

    • Carrie

      I wish you could come, Sammy!

      August 12, 2013

    • Tanya

      Wish you were coming, too, Sammy!

      August 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    if i can find a ride from asheville i'll be there!

    August 12, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hannah, you can ride with me!

      August 12, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Oh great!! i will text you to figure out details.

      August 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'd really like to go. I live in North Asheville and could drive for those who want to chip in for gas. I have room for 3 people in my car. Text me -- my number is[masked]

    August 12, 2013

  • Bryan S.

    Thanks for doing this weekday hike Carrie. I hurt my knee last week and I am out of town for the week. Hope you all enjoy it!

    August 12, 2013

  • Don L

    Should be ripe blueberries also! Need a ride to/from Asheville and am happy to chip in gas $. Will meet you at most any AVL Ingles or a spot of your choice. Just let me know and thanks!

    August 11, 2013

  • Peggy

    After putting on a shoe today........I realized my busted toe is not ready for hiking just yet.

    August 11, 2013

  • Annelie

    Hi, this will be my first hiking meet up. Are dogs welcome on this hike?

    August 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey all, If anyone is coming from Asheville let me know (don't have a car but can pay gas money)

    August 9, 2013

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