Waterrock Knob Overlook on the Parkway

WAYNESVILLE — Tackle a hidden gem of the Mountains To Sea Trail on a 9-mile guided hike Wednesday, May 12.

The hike will follow a section of the MST that parallels the Blue Ridge Parkway from Waterrock Knob to Soco Gap, between Waynesville and Maggie Valley. The guided hike offers a rare chance to hike the segment with a vehicle shuttle — so you don't have to back track — and with the safety net of expert hike leaders.

The hike is part of the outdoor series by Haywood County Recreation. It will be led by local trail gurus: Greg Shuping, former county emergency services director, and Kevin FitzGerald, former Smokies park ranger.

The cost is $10. To RSVP, call Haywood County Rec at 828-452-6789 or email ian.smith@haywoodcountync.gov.