A local hiker was found by two fellow hikers after being lost for four days after straying off the trail in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
The hiker, a local high school teacher, got off the trail near Gregory Bald while attempting to hike the Appalachian trail. The hiker, Will Henderson was hospitalized for several days in Knoxville after breaking his leg and pushing his pack for four days after his initial fall.
“The mountain foliage was like a jungle. There has been a lot of rain up there this year, and it was really thick. If I had stayed where I was when I fell, I probably would still be there. At least, that’s what one of the park rangers said. I think I knew that instinctively when I fell, so I never thought about staying put. I knew that I had better get somewhere where people could fine me,” Henderson said.
The two hikers found Henderson after he had crawled to a busier part of the trail. Henderson crawled for four days before he was found by rescuers.