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2018 Winter Hike Week in the Smokies - Jan 24-28

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Winter Hike Week
Jan 25-28, 2018
Music Road Inn in Pigeon Forge

The Southeastern Foot Trails Coalition will hold their annual Leadership Conference meeting and winter hiking event this coming January 24-28, 2018, at the Music Road Inn in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. The hiking component of this event is meant to continue the winter hiking tradition popularized for 25 years by Wilderness Wildlife Week, an annual winter event, now being held in May due to winter scheduling conflicts. The appeal of winter hiking in the Smokies, although not for everyone, has a sizeable following and SEFTC is glad to resurrect this winter hiking opportunity.

The evenings will include a Friday Leadership Conference gathering at 4:30 which everyone is welcome to attend. Election of officers will occur at this meeting, too. It will end no later than 7:00 p.m. Saturday evening there will be a presentation by a special speaker between 7 and 9 p.m., with doors opening at 6:00. Both these meetings will be held across the street in the conference center which is part of the Music Road Resort, also a throwback to the Wilderness Wildlife Week events held at the Resort. Please join us!!!

SEFTC will be offering multiple hikes daily, beginning Thursday, running through Sunday. The hike schedule is below and hike sign up will be handled on-site beginning Wednesday afternoon, Jan 24. Hikers will carpool from the hotel. Experienced hike leaders will accompany each outing. There will be a $35 fee to attend this event. Details follow. We are expecting this event to sell out and urge participants to make room reservations now.

You may reserve rooms for this event at the Music Road Inn, 303 Henderson Chapel Road, Pigeon Forge, TN at[masked]. On-line reservations at our group rates are not available.

Wednesday-Sunday Jan 24-28 $75.
Sales tax of 9.75% and lodging tax of 2.5% is applicable to all rooms

SEFTC Winter Hike Week - January, 2018

The most up-to-date schedule for the hikes is on our website at and is subject to change. We will be offering four of five hikes each day. Most of the hikes are at the lower elevations and range from easy to strenuous. However, we may find it necessary to make changes based on participation level, leader availability and weather. As changes occur and hike leaders are assigned, this schedule will be updated. Hike signups will be conducted on-site at our registration table in the lobby of the Music Road Inn beginning Wednesday Jan 24 at 2pm. Registration table will open throughout the event in the mornings as hikers assemble and again later in the day as hikers return from outings.