Outdoor Adventures, Seminars and Demonstrations
If you love nature, the Smoky Mountains, and hiking in these gorgeous hills, make plans to dive into Wilderness Wildlife Week 2016 held May 18-22 at the LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge.
There will be hikes for all skill levels as well as other educational activities for children and adults alike. Participants will have a chance to hear lectures on a wide range of topics from the area’s rich history to the beauty and diversity of plant and animal life here. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is home to 65 species of mammals and 200 varieties of birds. Seven-hundred miles of pristine mountain streams create an outstanding habitat for the 67 native species of fish.
Young people are usually excited to find that the Smokies have been dubbed the “Salamander Capital of the World.” Thirty species of this creature slither, crawl and hide in the leafy recesses and babbling brooks of the park. There is a total of 80 types of reptiles and amphibians in our National Park.
Come see indigenous wildlife up close and in person at the LeConte Center during Wilderness Wildlife Week! You can also learn more about fly-fishing and other ways to enjoy the natural beauty of the GSMNP. Buy outdoor gear or a handmade craft from the vendors on-hand or simply enjoy soaking in the knowledge, music, history and fun of this awesome week.
When planning your stay in the Smokies for Wilderness Wildlife Week, book a cabin, cottage or motel room at Carr’s Northside, boasting its own park setting. Never hiked before? Now is the time to start. Gather information at the LeConte Center during the week and head out onto one of the Great Smoky Mountains many wonderful trails. You’ll have plenty of potential geography to choose from, ranging from trails that lead to waterfalls, to hikes with expansive mountain views, to treks through beautiful old-growth forests that leave your soul feeling refreshed and quieted. Whether you take a guided hike as part of the week’s organized events or choose to head out on your own, you’ll be glad you did.