the Cherohala Skyway. This "Blue Ridge Parkway Clone"
is known for overlooks that peer into the stunning beauty of the
Joyce Kilmer Wilderness. A 35+ mile drive that opened in 1996 that
is well suited for "Family Fun". With several short trails
that lead to more views this is a destination well suited for novice
hikers. Recommendations for good, short hikes are
A short Hike out on to the site of a former hunting club. At the
turn of the
century a Northern businessman fenced in the bald and stocked it
game. He charged other "big city" hunters to come there
and hunt these
animals. Because of the remote location he was unable to make his
work. Subsequently, due to neglect, the fences that contained the
were breached. The only animal to survive this climate was the Russian
Thus the presence of these non-indigenous animals were established
Southern Appalachians. Hooper Bald rest area is well marked and
so is the
1/2 mile trail out onto the bald.
Be sure to stop at the National Forest Ranger station just outside
Robbinsville. They are on the map or you can just call them.
Ask for ILA Hatter, she is incredibly knowledgeable
about the area and has
great stories. Her specialty is wild herbs and flowers.
Check out the Skyway while it is still crowd free.
Cheoah Ranger District Robbinsville, N.C. (828)