Swannanoa Valley Rim Hike #7: Patton’s Table
July 16 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
This hike will start near Clingman’s Peak and then will follow the Old Mitchell Trail to Potato Knob and Patton’s Table. We will then follow the MTS Trail to top of Bearwallow Stand Ridge and descend to Balsam Gap at the Parkway. These mountains, the Blacks, are the highest mountains in the Eastern United States and take their name from the darkly colored Fraser fir and red spruce trees that adorn their slopes.
Difficulty: Moderate/Difficult, 5.0 miles
Note: This hike is part of a series, which goes on sale January 3, 2022. Learn more here.
Updated Coronavirus Protocol:
Due to the very high percentage of fully vaccinated people on our hikes, in 2022 we will be returning to our customary hike route and transportation plans. We will be doing one-way hikes that will require a short carpool/driver shuttle system. People in the shuttle cars should mask up and leave some windows open. **If you are uncomfortable with these arrangements, please let the hike committee know at email@example.com and your credits will be reserved for future hikes.**’
We will observe the following hiking procedures due to COVID:
- Please bring a mask to the event to use during carpooling.
- No one who is sick, running a fever or potentially exposed to COVID should attend
- If not vaccinated, masks should be worn in all group settings like sign-in and congregation
- Social distancing while on the trails is recommended