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Big East Fork/Pigeon River to Skinny Dip Falls 11 mile Wilderness Hike
UPDATE...THE PARKWAY IS STILL CLOSED AS OF TUESDAY MORNING. I HAVE CHANGED OUR MEETUP LOCATION. TRAVEL TIME TO THE TRAILHEAD IS ABOUT A 45 MINUTE DRIVE FROM ASHEVILLE. WE WILL MEET AT THE CRACKER BARREL RESTAURANT WITH A SECOND STOP AT THE I-40 EXIT 33 PARK & RIDE ON THE LEFT (DRIVING FROM FROM ASHEVILLE). HIKE DESCRIPTION: Level 5* wilderness Fitness Hike, approximately[masked] miles. Out and back hike begins at the Big East Fork River parking area (off Hwy 276) and follows the Pigeon River Trail to the MST and continue to Skinny Dip Falls where we will break for a snack enjoy the setting and head back. Along this beautiful river bank trail are camping and fishing areas, white water rapids, rushing cascades, and 3 walk-over streams. This is a wilderness hike so there are no trail blazes with side trails dead ending at the river, or camping sites, therefore we must stay together as a group. PACE: Brisk depending on trail conditions ( brisk means around 3 MPH) but we slow down for the rocky, rooty sections on this trail, stream crossings and where we walk out onto the rocky riverbank. PLEASE KNOW YOUR HIKING ABILITIES AND BE CAPABLE OF HIKING AT THIS PACE, DISTANCE AND ELEVATION GAIN BEFORE SIGNING ON THANKS! IF YOU enjoy outdoor fitness hiking and wilderness this may be the nitch hike for you. DOGS; This is a dog friendly hike. Trail friendly dogs are welcome. CARPOOL: Trailhead is about a 45 minute drive from Asheville on Rt. 40 West, Canton Williams Street exit, LEFT to NC 110 South (for 5.7 miles, then LEFT onto NC 276 South to the trailhead 11.7 miles on the left. We expect to arrive between 9:50 and 10:00. MONEY: If you are a rider please bring money to contribute to your driver ($4/rider). Dog owners are encouraged to participate as drivers. *ELEVATION GAIN: This is a LEVEL 5 (of 10) hike with an elevation gain of about 1,700 feet (elevation Gain for level 5 hikes is between 1500 and 1799 feet).

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Cracker Barrel - Smokey Park Hwy

5 Crowell Road · Asheville, NC

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