Hike to Black Rock Mountain

October's guided hike series features magnificent long range views perfect for fall color viewing, including this vantage point on the hike to Yellow Face.

Fall is officially here, and one of the best times of year to hit the trail and enjoy the mountains.

A series of guided hikes offered by Haywood County Recreation offers a chance to explore connect with fellow hikers and explore new trails with experienced local guides.

Haywood County Rec’s guided hikes are aimed at connecting the public with the rich natural resources and outdoor recreation in Haywood’s backyard. The cost is $10 per hike. To reserve a spot, call 828-452-6789 or email ian.smith@haywoodcountync.gov.

The October line-up includes:

• Oct. 6: A 7.5-mile hike Polls Gap to Sheepback Knob, a 5,480-foot peak along the Cataloochee Divide in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Led by Jamie & Ruffin Shackleford.

Oct. 10: A 4-mile hike along the Mountains to Sea Trail paralleling the Blue Ridge Parkway in the Balsam to area to Woodfin Cascade. Led by Vickey Watson & Steve Szczepanski.

Oct. 20: A 7.7-mile hike in Rough Creek Watershed, an 870-acre preserve north of Canton that once served as the town’s watershed. Led by Kathy Odvody & Phyllis Woolen.

Oct. 27: A 3-mile hike along the Mountains to Sea Trail off the Blue Ridge Parkway to Skinny Dip Falls. Led by Phyllis Woollen & Vickey Watson.

Oct. 30: A 4.6-mile hike to the 6,000-foot peak of Yellow Face Mountain, located near the Watercock Knob area of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Led by Lisa Cook & Phyllis Woolen