Hike - Abrams Loop

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Saturday March 30

7:30 AM  –  4:00 PM

Guides: Lloyd and Charlene Shiver

Meeting Location: Abrams Creek Ranger Station

Start off your day with a stream-side walk along Little Bottoms Trail, an easy to hike roadbed with 150 years of use in its past. Then, as we gain some elevation and leave the waters behind on Hatcher Mountain Trail we'll stop for a lunch break and conversation about the Leave No Trace Seven Principles and the cultural history of the area.
 
Rounding out our day, we'll hike back to our vehicles using Cooper Road Trail. According to archeological evidence, much of this trail was an Indian trail and was also the only access into Cades Cove. Then in the early 1830s, a man who owned much of the land in the cove began improvements for wagon transport by farmers, loggers and other settlers.
 
Mileage: 12 miles maximum
 
Activity Level: Moderate. Mileage and trip hazards such as exposed roots and rocks may make this hike difficult for some. 
 
What to bring: In addition to plenty of water, an appropriate amount of food for your comfort and comfortable hiking shoes, we recommend that you dress in layers, bring along a backpack and rain gear. A personal first-aid kit and trekking poles may be helpful as well.
 
About our Guides: Originally from Palatka, Florida, Great Smoky Mountains Association members Lloyd and Charlene Shiver moved to the Appalachian Mountains to deepen their connection with Great Smoky Mountains National Park and all it has to offer in the way of hiking trails, historical locations and rugged views. In the early years of their Smoky Mountain adventures, Lloyd and Charlene would join the GSMA Hiking 101 events. Now they lead these events sharing their passion of the GSMA mission to support the perpetual preservation of GSMNP and the National Park System by promoting greater public understanding and appreciation through education, interpretation and research.
 
Questions about joining this event? Call 436.7318 extension 349 or email Dana Murphy.

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