Pictured is a typical Cherokee “thong" tree, named for the technique used by Native Americans who bent and tied a sapling to the ground to produce a permanent 90 degree angle in the tree.
On Thursday, June 23, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Highlands Biological Foundation’s “Think About Thursdays” summer event series continues with a guided hike to explore Ancient Cherokee Trails in the Highlands area.
The hike will be led by Lamar Marshall, Wild South Cultural Preservation Director, who has been part of a recent initiative to find and restore the trail and road system of the Cherokee Nation in Western North Carolina.
The project has found that much of the road system in the Southeast is built directly on Cherokee trails and corridors.
The hike will leave from the Highlands Nature Center but parking is limited.
Advanced registration is required and a $10 fee per person includes lunch.
For more information, call (828)526-2602.