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JC Hikers cover local trails

The Johnson County Hikers enjoy beautiful weather while exploring Linville Falls State Park in NC. Photo by Joe Ray

By Tamas Mondovics

Members of the Johnson County Hikers have enjoyed four scheduled hikes so far
this season posting positive results.
The hikes included the Virginia Creeper Trail, Appalachian Trail at Watauga Dam, Linville Falls and Grayson Highlands State Park.
“We had beautiful weather for the hike to Linville falls along the Blue Ridge,” Angie Stout said. “The hiking group that day included three new hikers, and we got to hike to three different locations to see the falls, one of which went right down to the waters’ edge and the highest one gave us a stunning view from a distance.”
Stout emphasized that the sight was beautiful and certainly worth the effort to see the water spill over the rocks and plunge to the deep gorge below.
The trails were reportedly well kept, and the route easy to follow. After the hike, the group enjoyed some ice cream at a local eatery on the way back to Mountain City. “A great way to spend a summer Saturday,” Stout added.
Johnson County Hikers is open to everyone. One does not have to be highly experienced, though the ability to complete the length of the hike of the day is essential. Beginners and supervised children are welcome.
Stout mentioned that the group typically schedule a hike for every other Saturday as they meet in the parking lot of the Food Lion on Hwy 42 at 8:45 a.m. and leave at 9 a.m. sharp unless otherwise stated.
“We carpool to hike sites when possible. A walking stick, lunch, plenty of water and sunscreen or a hat are all encouraged to be brought along each hike.
All hikes are on Saturday unless otherwise stated. Unexpected weather or events may necessitate a destination substitution for something more fitting to the conditions.
The next hike is scheduled for Saturday, June 22 in the Irwin area. The group is promising to do parts of a pair of trails that are pretty close together by hiking up to High Rock Vista and then move on to the Lower Higgins Falls, totaling about five miles.
For questions, please call Carol at 727-5947.
Photos: Hikers pose for a photo during a recent hike at Linville Falls. The members of the Johnson County Hikers encourage all to join their hikes at nearby trails. Please see the calendar in this edition of The Tomahawk for the group’s next scheduled hike.