Rescheduled - Wildflowers & History along Kanati Fork and Thomas Divide Trails

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Monday April 22

9:30 AM  –  3:00 PM

Guides: Steve Kemp and Janet Rock

Location: Meet at Kanati fork trailhead located 3 miles south of Newfound Gap Road and on the west side of US-441 South. During our meet and greet, a car shuttle (with the help of a volunteer) will be organized in order to complete this one-way hiking experience.
 
A short uphill climb for the first mile is all we need to get our heart pumping and minds racing for this culturally and naturally rich hike along trails less traveled in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park with Smokies expert and author Steve Kemp and former GSMNP botanist Janet Rock.
 
As a group, we'll begin our hike along the Thomas Divide Trail, one of the longer individual trails in the park built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1934. The trail was named for a noted friend of the Qualla Boundary Cherokee William Holland Thomas. Be sure to bring your questions to fill in the blanks! 
 
At just under the two-mile mark of our hike we will leave Thomas Divide Trail behind to begin our the steep descent down Kanati Fork Trail. Surveying the area around us, we'll see and hear the waters of the trail's namesake and we'll observe and identify the abundant variety of wildflowers that thrive here like Solomon's Plume, Solomon's Seal, Dutchman's Breeches, Yellow Mandarin, Trilliums and much, much more.
 
Mileage: 5 miles maximum

Activity Rating: Easy to moderate - Hike will be mostly downhill.

What to bring: In addition to plenty of water, an appropriate amount of food for your comfort, comfortable walking shoes and your favorite field guide, we recommend that you bring something to take notes with, and dress in layers with hats and gloves, bring along a backpack and rain gear. A personal first-aid kit and trekking poles may be helpful as well.

 
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