Adventure Guide to the Great Smoky Mountains, 2nd Edition by Blair Howard

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It’s not unusual for hikers to get lost, and stay lost for days, especially in winter. Rescue squads are frequently called out to scour the forests and ridges in search of a lost hiker. More often than not, the victim is a child that’s wandered away from a campsite, or simply lagged behind on a woodland trail and strayed away from the path. 36 n Adventures fore you stumble onto another one, and that’s only if you walk in a straight line. Maintain your sense of direction at all times. n File a hiking plan with someone you know, or at a ranger station, just in case you do get lost.

There is usually a dump station, too. 30 n n Adventures Group cabins are accommodations in groups of units, or in large, single-unit sleeping quarters. They usually feature fully equipped kitchens, dining rooms, and/or meeting spaces. Reservations for cabins are usually accepted up to one year in advance and a deposit equal to a two-night stay is required for confirmation of the booking. Calls for reservations should be made between 8 am and 5 pm, Monday through Friday. Like camping fees, charges for renting a cabin vary from park to park according to season and the type of facilities offered, and are subject to change.

The mountainous backroads are Safety n 23 often narrow, with tight turns, steep grades, and room only for one-way traffic. Pack a first aid kit and include a compass, flashlight, tools, a change of clothing, and plenty to drink. n Dress for the season. It might be warm in the car, but get stuck in deep snow, or break down, and you’ll have some walking to do. n Finally, always tell someone where you’re going and what time you expect to arrive or return. BOATING n Obey all boating regulations, especially speed limits and motor restrictions, and pay particular attention when maneuvering around other boats.

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