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Cataloochee Creek Road Ranger Station

Boogerman Trail Hike in the Smokies

Join Haywood Waterways Association and trip leader Steve Winchester on a hike along the Boogerman Trail in Cataloochee Valley, Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The 7.4 mile loop trail passes through old growth forests, across streams, and past the historic Palmer house.

Boogerman Trail Hike in the Smokies
Boogerman Trail Hike in the Smokies

Time & Location

Jul 29, 2023, 8:45 AM – 3:30 PM EDT

Cataloochee Creek Road Ranger Station, Cataloochee Creek Rd, Waynesville, NC 28785, USA

About the event

On July 29th, join Haywood Waterways Association and trip leader Steve Winchester on a hike along the Boogerman Trail in Cataloochee Valley, Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The 7.4 mile loop trail passes through old growth forests, across streams, and past the historic Palmer house. The hike gains 1,040 feet in elevation and has a difficulty rating of moderate to strenuous (www.hikinginthesmokys.com/boogerman_loop.htm.).

The event is free for members and a $5 donation for nonmembers. Haywood Waterways' memberships start at $25.

Hikers will meet at the Cataloochee Creek Road Ranger Station at 8:45AM; the group will caravan to the trail head approximately ¾ mile away.  The ranger station is also called the “Jarvis Palmer House” on Google Maps. Several foot bridges remain damaged from heavy rainfall events, so hikers must be prepared to walk across small streams. Attendees should wear comfortable shoes, bring lunch, water, and dress appropriately. The hike will conclude around 3:30. Please leave pets at home.

The event is part of Haywood Waterways' “Get to Know Your Watershed” series of outdoor recreation activities working to raise awareness of Haywood County's natural beauty.

Space is limited to 15 individuals; Members can RSVP now; non-members can sign-up starting July 15th. 

Reserve a spot by contacting Christine O’Brien at christine@haywoodwaterways.org or 828-476-4667 ext. 1. 

REMINDER: The Park has implented a mandatory parking pass system starting March 1, 2023. Please pick up a day pass for this event if you wish to park your vehicle at the trailhead here; https://www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/fees.htm

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