This is a joint outing for TCWP and TNPS. We will see interesting high-elevation plants such as southern bush honeysuckle and southern mountain cranberry, and hopefully catch many azaleas in bloom. To park at the trailhead will require a parking pass—$5 for the day or $40 for the year. Parking may be difficult at the Clingmans Dome parking area, so we’ll need to carpool as much as possible.
We’ll meet for carpooling in Oak Ridge at the Gold’s Gym/Books-A-Million parking lot (meet at the section close to S. Illinois Avenue, near Salsarita’s) in time to leave Oak Ridge at 7:30 a.m. Eastern, or meet at the Newfound Gap parking area at 10 a.m.; look for hike leaders Larry Pounds and Allen Sweetser near the Rockefeller Memorial . The hike is 3.6 miles round trip, with 1,200 ft. of elevation change. Bring water, a lunch, and bug spray.
Your RSVP helps with planning and allows for notification in case of cancellation; contact Larry Pounds at 865-705-8516 or PoundsL471@aol.com.