Hiking - Camporees - 2014



            CMC has scheduled two Camporees for 2014. The dates and information about them are listed below. Details on the hikes to be offered, driving directions and other data will be posted on the CMC web site as they become available.


            First 2014 Camporee:  May 30, 31, and June 1, 2014.  Rattler Ford Group Campground. Sites 2 and 3. Each site has a limit of 25 persons, giving us a total limit of 50 persons for this camporee. Rattler Ford is near the entrance to Joyce Kilmer Memorial forest, in Graham County, North Carolina. There will be a Bar-B-Que supper on Saturday night. More details are posted below.

            Second 2013 Camporee: September 12,13,14, 2014. Kimsey Creek Group Campground. Sites B and C. Each site has a limit of 25 persons, giving us a total limit of 50 persons for this camporee. Kimsey Creek Group Campground is one loop of the very large Standing Indian Campground. It is in Macon County, North Carolina, west of Franklin, and adjacent to the Southern Nantahala Wilderness. There will be a Bar-B-Que supper on Saturday night. More detail will be posted later.

   SPRING 2014 CAMPOREE: 30, 31 MAY, AND 1 JUNE 2014




Saturday No.                                             31 May, 2014


Maple Springs – Jenkins Meadow – Haoe Top – Hangover – Deep Creek Loop


Hike 9.6; Drive: 9.5;  2050 ft. ascent, Rated A-AA, Wilderness Area Limit: 10


Leader: Ted Snyder. tedsnyderjr@bellsouth.net. 864/638-3686864/638-3686

             Partially in the Joyce Kilmer-Slickrock Wilderness and partially in the Deep Creek/Avery Creek Inventoried Addition to Kilmer-Slickrock. [Avery Creek is correctly spelled Avey.]  This hike follows Haoe Lead to Jenkins Meadow, then up to Haoe Top, former lookout tower site. Turning onto Hangover Lead, the hike runs out to the rocky viewpoint of Hangover. A short backtrack brings the group to the Deep Creek Trail which leads back to a junction on Haoe Lead, just short of out starting point.

 Topo: Tapoco;       Forest Service Joyce Kilmer-Slickrock Creek Wilderness Map;

Nat. Geo. Map:



Saturday No. 544                                            31 May, 2014


Jenkins Meadow – Haoe Top – Hangover – Naked Ground – Middle Trail Loop


Hike 10.3, Drive: 2;  3050 ft. ascent, Rated A-AA, Wilderness Area Limit: 10


Leader: TBA

             This Joyce Kilmer-Slickrock Creek Wilderness hike follows the most common route. It ascends the east side of the Joyce Kilmer Forest, takes Haoe Lead over to Naked Ground, and returns via the middle trail down Little Santeetlah Creek. There will be an optional side trip to Hangover. The return on the Middle Trail hosts big trees, with altitude specific species giving variety. There should be time at the end for those inclined to add the Memorial Forest Loop.


Topos: Tapoco, Santeetlah Creek;    Forest Service Joyce Kilmer-Slickrock Creek Wilderness Map;  Nat. Geo Map:




Saturday No.                                               31 May, 2014



Horse Cove Ridge – Stratton Bald – Bob Bald – Beech Gap


Hike 9.8, Drive: 19.8;  3140 ft. ascent,  Rated A-AA, Wilderness Area Limit: 10


Leaders: Jim Reel;  jimr57@yahoo.com;  828/443-2532828/443-2532; 828/738-0751828/738-0751 (cell) (downhill)

             Lisa Hart; tiw.south@gmail.com; 828/450-6986828/450-6986 (uphill)

             The Horse Cove route follows the west edge of the Joyce Kilmer Forest, and is thought to be the most scenic way to the high ridge. Having reached the high ridge, we will turn west on its spine to cross Stratton Bald and then Bob Bald, with expansive views to the south and east. Leaving Bob Bald, a muddy trail (after rains) leads down to a gravel road near Strawberry Knob.  [Road is gated at Beech Gap.]  This road leads to Beech Gap, on the N.C. Tennessee State Line. This hike will be run with two groups, and a key swap.


            Topos: Big Junction, Santeetlah Creek;  Forest Service Joyce KilmerSlickrock Creek Wilderness Map;  Nat. Geo Map No.

            We plan to run this hike as a key swap. We will announce the leader of the second section at the campground.


Saturday No.                                           31 May, 2014


Three Short Hikes:  Hooper Bald – Huckleberry Knob – Memorial Loop


Hike: up to 4.7 miles;  Drive 26;  Ascent: See Below; Rated C-C


Leaders:  Doreen Blue,  deeblu7@aol.com; 


            Here are three short hikes. Hikers have the option to do one, two, or all three.


            Hooper Bald. This is the largest bald outside the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. From the trailhead parking we will hike 0.7 mile to a rock outcrop and return, making a total of 1.4 miles. 150 foot ascent. Highest elevation: 5429 feet.


            Huckleberry Knob.  We will move our cars about two miles to the trailhead. This is an easy walk to visit two balds. Panoramic views from extensive meadows that are mowed annually. 1.7 miles round trip. 320 foot ascent. Highest elevation: 5560 feet.


            Joyce Kilmer Memorial Loop. This hike makes a loop to the Memorial Plaque amidst giant poplars. Observe dynamite felling of giant dead hemlocks. 2.0 mile loop with optional 0.5 mile Poplar Cove loop. Total  for everything 2.5 miles. 440 foot ascent.


            Topo: Santeetlah Creek; Forest Service Joyce KilmerSlickrock Creek Wilderness Map;  Nat. Geo. Map No.



Sunday No.                                             1 June, 2014


Yellowhammer Gap – Ike Branch Loop


Hike 5.7, Drive: 13.7;    Ascend 680 ft.; Rated C-C,  Wilderness Area Limit: 10


Leader: Jill Gottesman;  jill_gottesman@tws.org;  828/545-5236828/545-5236 (cell)


            This hike allows us to explore the Yellowhammer Branch Inventoried Roadless Area proposed as an addition to the Wilderness. The trail starts at Calderwood Lake, and contours along it to the mouth of Slickrock Creek. We ascend the creek, passing the Lower Falls of Slickrock. Two deep, wet crossings. Above the falls we turn off on the Ike Branch Trail, which leads up to Yellowhammer Gap. At the gap the trail turns to descend in the valley of Ike Branch until it ends at our lakeside trail of the morning. Trees on Ike Branch are noteworthy.


Topo: Tapoco;  Forest Service Joyce Kilmer-Slickrock Creek Wilderness Map; Nat.Geo. Map



Sunday No.                                              1 June, 2014


Beech Gap – Bob Bald – Cherry Log Gap – Strawberry Knob Loop


Hike 9.7, Drive: 39.8 miles;  Ascent 840 ft., Rated A-C  Wilderness Area limit: 10


Leader: Ted Snyder; tedsnyderjr@bellsouth.net;  864/638-3686864/638-3686


            This hike is designed to allow some of Saturday’s hikers to get a different view of the Kilmer-Slickrock and the Citico Creek Wilderness areas.  The hike starts on the N.C. Tennessee State line at Beech Gap. Contouring around Strawberry Knob, we will climb a ridge to Bob Bald, where there should be good views to the south and east. Retracing a short distance, we take the trail to Cherry Log Gap, on the boundary between the two Wilderness areas. Then we follow a combination of trails to return to the trailhead of the Bob Bald Trail, and then around Strawberry Knob again to Beech Gap.


Topos: Big Junction, Whiteoak Flats; Forest Service Joyce Kilmer-Slickrock Wilderness map;  Nat. Geo Map




Sunday No.                                                       1 June, 2014


Sassafras Falls – Snowbird Creek Wilderness Study Area


Hike 7.5,      Drive 15.5,          Ascent 800 feet,      Rated B-C


Leader: Norm Sharp;  norm.sharp@att.net;  864/268-9409864/268-9409


            Starting at the end of the road at Junction, this hike is on a gentle logging railroad grade. It parallels Snowbird Creek, usually on a high slope above its noisy cascades. After a likely wet crossing of Sassafras Creek, we continue along Snowbird Creek to a side trail on a railroad spur grade that contours high above the valley of Sassafras Creek. When the falls become intermittently visible through the foliage, we will find a short trail down to their base.  To return, we will reverse our inbound tracks.


Topo: Santeetlah Creek;      Nat. Geo. Map no.


Questions or coments should be sent to Ted Snyder (tedsnyderjr@bellsouth.net) or Jim Reel (jimr57@yahoo.com).





            We will be camping at the Rattler Ford Group Campground. The campground is located near the Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest.  We have reserved spaces 2 and 3. Space is limited to 25 campers at each site, giving us a total limit of 50 persons.. Persons wishing to camp must register with Ted Snyder. tedsnyderjr@bellsouth.net. Or 864/638-3686864/638-3686. Deadline for registration is 27 May 3014.



          Persons wishing to join in the Bar-B-Que dinner on Saturday night must register with Ted Snyder by Tuesday, 27 May 2014.  The cost will be shared on a pro-rate basis per person eating.





1. From Westgate Mall, take I-240 West to I-40 West. 3.6 miles. 6 minutes


2. Take right exit ramp and merge onto I-40 West.


3. I-40 West to Exit 27 – Waynesville, Clyde, Sylva exit. Exit for US 74, US 19, US 23.

                                                                                        18 miles, 17 minutes


4. Take Exit 27, for US 74 and Waynesville.

5. Continue on US 74 (four lane Great Smoky Mountains Expressway) to

     exit onto NC 28 to right.   [Note that NC 28 from Franklin “T”s into US 74 at Lauada]

                                                                                     48.4 miles, 52 minutes


6. Exit right onto NC 28 and continue past Stecoah to junction on left for NC 143.   

                                                                                    11.3 miles, 13 minutes


7. Turn left onto NC 143. Proceed to “T” intersection in Robbinsville where NC 143 “T”s

     into US 129, opposite Ingles on left.                      8.8 miles, 11 minutes


8.  Turn right on US 129. Proceed to junction where NC 143 leaves US 129. Note sign

      for Cheoah Ranger Station.                                    1.4 miles, 3 minutes


9.  Turn left on NC 143. Proceed to stop sign at “T” intersection where NC 143 Business

      arrives from Robbinsville.                                       3.4 miles, 5 minutes


10.  Turn right on NC 143. Proceed to Santeetlah Gap. Note sign here for Joyce Kilmer

        Memorial Forest.                                                    6.8 miles,  13 minutes


11.  Turn right at Santeetlah Gap onto SR 1159. Proceed downhill on paved road to sign

        on right for Rattler Ford Campground.                     2.0 miles, 4 minutes


12. Turn left onto campground access road. Enter first parking area on right. This is parking for sites 2 and 3.

                                                                                  0.1 mile, 1 minute


       Total:  103.8 miles. Two hours, five minutes.



        A Departure Bulletin will be sent by email to all who have registered to camp about a week before the event. The Departure Bulletin will give you any last minute details and updates.