Join us for our annual trip to Hazel Creek to experience some of God’s most beautiful creation as we share in fellowship, get a little exercise, and paddle/ride across the lake in the boat of your choice and then 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.

Click Here to watch the YouTube video from last year.

Join us Each Month for Paddling

A great way to prepare for the Hazel Creek trip is to join us on our Journey Quest paddling trips that are open to novice paddlers who want to explore different paddling destinations in our area. CLICK HERE to visit the Journey Quest page.

Meet at

Bryson City UMC at 7 am and grab a quick breakfast at Bojangles across the street and then drive to Cable Cove boat ramp off of Hwy 28 near the Fontana Dam on Fontana Lake.

or the Cable Cove boat ramp, at 8:30 am. Here are some simple directions to Cable Cove – From Bryson City take US/74 West to NC 28 N (right turn towards Robbinsville). Continue on approximately 20 miles (8.2 past the 143 turnoff). Turn right onto SR 1287 (Cable Cove). Go 1.5 miles to the end of the road.

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. For those that prefer a motorized trip, David Outlaw will be taking his pontoon boat.

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.