Fall Colors Hike Oct 22-23, 2005

Its that time of the year again - time to see the annual Fall colors. The changing colors of the leaves are just amazing and those of you who like to be outdoors during this time, I know your feet are itching to go out.

Manjiri and I are not very different, so we have decided to go hiking on Saturday Oct 22nd (subject to change) and the location I have picked this time around is the Cherohala Skyway which spans about 36 miles across the Tennessee-North Carolina border just south of Smoky Mountains (see map attached). Here's some information I found about it at
http://www.cherohala.com/

The Cherohala Skyway is 21 miles long on the Tennessee side. It follows the Tellico River (elevation about 900 feet) for a few miles before beginning its climb to the state line at over 4,000 feet.

The Cherohala Skyway is only 15 miles long in North Carolina but the road reaches its highest point at the Santeetlah Overlook. The elevation change is much more pronounced rising from 2,660 feet to 5,390 feet in just over 10 miles.

Most likely, it will be a drive-through, with a possibility of picnics and short hikes. We may go in the morning and come back that same evening, carry our own lunch, so that we don't get stuck in crowded restaurants. This is a very popular place and Fall colors are at their peak around that time.

For general information about fall colors, see the following:
http://www.fs.fed.us/r8/fall_colors/
http://www2.nature.nps.gov/air/webcams/parks/grsmcam/grsmcam.cfm
http://www.weather.com/maps/activity/fallfoliage/uscurrentfallfoliage_large.html?from=wxcenter_maps

Please let me know if you can join us, so we can decide on carpooling arrangements and arrange for food supplies for picnic etc.