The Nantahala Hiking Club will take a strenuous 8-mile hike on the Appalachian Trail on May 4. Half the group will begin at Deep Gap and the other half at Beech Gap, exchanging car keys in the middle. Meet at Westgate Plaza in Franklin at 9 a.m. Call leaders Bill and Sharon Van Horn, 369-1983, for reservations. Visitors are welcome, but no pets please.