Hiking 101 - Full Harvest Moon above the Cove

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Saturday September 14

6:00 PM  –  12:30 AM

Join us for a stroll around Cades Cove Loop Road as the full harvest moon of September shines above this historic valley surrounded by majestic mountains. Sundown will be at approximately 7:44 p.m.

During this adventure, Lloyd and Charlene Shiver will lead the group to get a different perspective of the flora, fauna and the fully restored 18th- and 19th-century structures such as the John Oliver cabin, Becky Cable's house, Missionary Baptist Church and more.

Activity Rating: Strenuous - Designed for participants who are accustomed to hiking and who can independently navigate physically challenging and unplanned situations, such as climbing over or under down trees and crossing waterways. Learn more about our Activity Rating Scale HERE.


Mileage for this Event: 12 miles maximum. You can download a digital trail map HERE.

What to Bring: A headlamp (preferably one with a red lens that will help your eyes adjust to the dark with less strain and is less disturbing to wildlife that is active during the night.), backpack, enough water and snacks for your comfort, rain gear and comfortable walking shoes with sturdy soles. A personal first-aid kit and trekking poles may be helpful as well.

Meeting Location: Cades Cove Orientation Shelter - Located before the entrance of the one-way loop road.

All Required: With your registration, you confirm you've read and understand our Waivers and Policy Agreements.


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Member Fee: $20. Please sign in above or use the register link if you have not yet registered your membership. Your membership discount will be applied at the time of check out. 

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