Join the Bryson City UMC and Wayner for the annual trip to Hazel Creek to experience some of God’s most beautiful creation, share in fellowship, and get a little exercise by paddling the boat of your choice and/or hiking around the remote town of Proctor NC.

Hazel Creek’s serene beauty belies its rich history as Proctor, which  a century ago was the largest town along the Little Tennessee River. Proctor  grew, prospered and died with the mining and lumber industries that briefly  flourished in these mountains.

The group will meet at the Bryson City UMC at 7 am and enjoy a quick breakfast trip to Bojangles across the street and then drive to Cable Cove boat ramp off of Hwy 28 near the Fontana Dam on Fontana Lake. If you would like to go straight to the Cable Cove boat ramp, we will meet there around 8 am.

As in the past, the group will paddle canoes, kayaks and paddleboards on a 3-mile journey across Lake Fontana from Cable Cove to the inlet for Hazel Creek. This year we hope to have a couple of motorboat options for those not able to complete the paddling round trip of six miles.

Once the group has arrived at the inlet of Hazel Creek, the group has a few options including:

  • a short historical hike through the town of Proctor
  • fishing on Hazel Creek (must have a NC fishing license)
  • an extended hike up Hazel Creek
  • a casual stroll up the creek taking in more beauty of God’s creation

Bring your own lunch, water and snacks for the boat ride and comfortable shoes for hiking around proctor. Sunscreen is a must and bug repellent is recommended. You should also bring your own specialized toys such as paddling, fishing and photography gear. If you don’t have your own boat or gear and would like to borrow a kayak, or join in with someone in a canoe, drop us a note so we can work something out.

If you have any questions about the trip, call our church office or send us an email. Click here to send us a note.

Hazel Creek quote from Smoky Mountain Adventures website.