Covered Bridge Festival hikes scheduled this weekend

The Mid-Appalachian Highlands Hiking Club will have two hikes this weekend in conjunction with the Covered Bridge Festival.
   On Saturday, the group will hike the Appalachian Trail from Shook Branch to Watauga Dam and back.
   Those who would like to participate in the hike are asked to meet under the huge Christmas tree just down the street from the Monument at 9 a.m. The hike covers about 5.4 miles and is relatively easy.
   Annette McGrew is leader for the hike.
   On Sunday, hikers will hike another stretch of the Appalachian Trail, this time from Hughes Gap to Little Rock Knob for about four miles.
   The group will again meet at the Fraser Fir Christmas tree on E. Elk Avenue at 1:15 p.m. The leader for the Sunday hike is Susanne Seiler.