Tips to Completing the Hiking Challenge

Be efficient; combine more than one hike in a day

Because several hikes in the Hiking Challenge are within reasonable proximity to each other, the most efficient way to complete the CMLC Hiking Challenge is to combine two or more hikes in one day.  The following hikes are easily combined within a single day and reduce overall travel time:

Connestee Falls & East Fork Headwaters (Foothills Trail to Whiteoak Mountain)
Bearwallow Mountain & Florence Nature Preserve
Florence Nature Preserve & Weed Patch Mountain (Kens Rock)
DuPont State Forest #1 (Tour de Falls) & DuPont State Forest #2 (Stone Mountain)
DuPont State Forest #1 (Tour de Falls) & Connestee Falls

Other useful Hiking Challenge tips:

  • print out driving directions and trail descriptions at home before leaving for your hikes
  • register for hiking access dates for Green River Preserve and Weed Patch Mountain well in advance
  • carry plenty of water on each hike
  • dress in layers and be prepared for wet weather and drastically changing temperatures
  • wear sturdy hiking footwear
  • even when short in distance, many trails are very steep; bring a hiking pole or walking stick
  • CMLC Challenge hikes will take you to many of WNC's most scenic locations: bring a camera!
  • find hiking partners, organize carpools, and share stories & photos of your hikes online at the CMLC Hiking Challenge Facebook page!

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