We'll tackle the Deep Creek trail by the easiest route possible - top to bottom. This map marker hike is intended to help those working on their 900 miles, but all hikers are welcome; the 900 mile goal is not a requirement. This mostly downhill hike will involve a shuttle to the trailhead on Newfound Gap Road. From there we will descend into the creek valley, crossing several smaller streams as well as Deep Creek, passing by 8 backcountry campsites, and perhaps seeing some late spring wildflowers and artifacts from the pre-park days. Wet and muddy shoes are likely, and hiking poles are recommended.
For transportation, we will either hire a shuttle and split the cost or go the DIY route and shuttle ourselves by car. The cost per person for hiring a shuttle will depend on how many hikers register. The quoted price is $250, so if we have 10 attendees, the per-person price would be $25 plus tip for the driver. More attendees means less cost per person, so bring a friend! If we have fewer than 10 attendees, we'll determine carpooling at the trailhead and go by the standard $0.05 per mile reimbursement for drivers. Please register ASAP so we can confirm the shuttle if needed. This hike is 14.3 miles and rated difficult. Meet at 7:30am in the large parking area at the end of Deep Creek Road (across the creek from Deep Creek Campground) in Bryson City, NC.
Leaders: Adam and Amanda Beal
Leader contact information is included under Additional Information in the email you receive after registration.