All Current News, Events and Hikes

Date of this Event: Wed, 01/14/2015 - 6:00pm

Join Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy (CMLC) Wednesday, January 14, 2015, for a presentation from Rose Senehi, Chimney Rock author known for Dancing on Rocks, Render Unto the Valley, and many more. Rose will read passages from her books while elaborating on her local inspirations, some of which come from Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy. At the end of her readings, Rose will conduct a Q&A session and book signings.

The CMLC Speaker Series Featuring Rose Senehi will be held from 6:00pm to 7:30pm at the Henderson County Main Branch Library in the Kaplan Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public. 

For more information, please contact Sarah Harden, CMLC Outreach Associate at sarahh@carolinamountain.org or (828) 697-5777.


Date of this Event: Mon, 12/22/2014 - 10:00am

Join CMLC on Monday,  December 22, 2014 to Siller Falls via Vaughn Creek Greenway. Enjoy a leisurely hike as you get away from the world awhile. This is also a Hiking Challenge 3 hike!

Primary Route: Hike the Vaughn Creek Greenway past Siller Falls to its end at a tunnel.

Hiking Distance: 1.5 miles round-trip

Elevation Gain: 50 feet

Difficulty: Easy

Participants are required to be in good physical condition and capable to hike over uneven, forested terrain. Hikers should wear sturdy walking shoes (no flip-flops), bring several layers of clothing in preparation for cold temperatures, pack plenty of water as well as a snack to eat during the hike. Hikers who attend are required to participate in the entire duration of the hike.

Please sign-up today using CMLC's Online Hike Sign-Up Form. Hike meeting locations, times, and additional details will be sent through email upon confirmation of your spot on the hike. This hike can accomodate 30 hikers. Reservations for a spot on this hike will be taken on a first-come, first-serve basis using:

CMLC's Online Hike Sign-Up Form

 

For questions, contact CMLC Outreach Associate Sarah Harden at sarahh@carolinamountain.org. Please allow one full business day for a response to Sign-Ups and inquiries. In the event of inclement weather, please call our office at (828) 697-5777 as we may have to cancel the outing.


 

In this issue:

  • New French Broad River Access for Paddlers and Anglers in Near Future;
  • 20th Anniversary Conservation Celebration Thank You;
  • New CMLC Staff and AmeriCorps Project Conserve Members;
  • Calendar of Events.

Date of this Event: Sat, 12/13/2014 - 10:00am

Join CMLC Saturday, December 13th for the Buffalo Creek Park Hike, open both to members and non-members.

Located just north of Lake Lure, more than 1,500 acres of Weed Patch Mountain were saved from development when CMLC acquired the tract in 2009.  The town of Lake Lure has since purchased 200 acres for the creation of Buffalo Creek Park and a network of hiking and mountain biking trails.

The new Buffalo Creek Park has just opend the first segment of trails that will challenge your fitness and offer great views and varied terrain. This trail is the first loop at Buffalo Creek Park and provides a strong shot of climbing without harsh technical difficulty. It’s smooth and flowing and popular with hikers and trail runners. 

It will soon be extended by 7-10 miles of trail through rugged back country, ascending another 2,000 feet to reach ridge lines and scenic viewpoints. The trail will connect with Chimney Rock State Park on the north side of Rumbling Bald Mountain, itself a popular destination for climbers and boulders. A bike-accessible cirque of the entire northern valley is planned, along with an extended through-hiking experience that circumnavigates Lake Lure in a 30-40 mile trail that summits several surrounding peaks.

Hiking Distance: 4.0 miles round-trip
Elevation Gain: 1000 feet
Difficulty: Strenuous

Participants are required to be in good physical condition and capable to hike over uneven, forested terrain. Hikers should wear sturdy walking shoes (no flip-flops), bring several layers of clothing in preparation for cold temperatures, pack plenty of water as well as a snack to eat during the hike. Hikers who attend are required to participate in the entire duration of the hike.

Space is limited on our hikes, so please reserve your spot today by using CMLC's Online Hike Sign-Up Form. Hike meeting locations, times, and additional details will be sent through email upon confirmation of your spot on the hike. This hike can accomodate 30 hikers. Reservations for a spot on this hike will be taken on a first-come, first-serve basis using:

CMLC's Online Hike Sign-Up Form

For questions, contact CMLC Outreach Associate Sarah Harden at sarahh@carolinamountain.org. Please allow one full business day for a response to Sign-Ups and inquiries. In the event of inclement weather, please call our office at (828) 697-5777 as we may have to cancel the outing.


Date of this Event: Mon, 11/24/2014 - 6:00pm

Join Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy at their monthly CMLC Speaker Series on Monday, November 24, for a presentation discussing the mystery of crop circles with John Myers, founder and owner of Hickory Nut Forest Eco-Community and Laughing Waters Retreat Center.

For centuries, these formations have been appearing around the world, becoming more intricate and astonishing with each passing year. Encoded with powerful geometry, a universal language, these mysterious numerical patterns spark a higher consciousness in people exposed to them. What is their purpose? What are these brilliant works of art communicating? Join us to learn about the background and history of crop circle phenomena and hear Myers's tales from his personal experiences studying and interpreting them domestically and abroad.

The November CMLC Speaker Series featuring John Myers will be held from 6:00pm to 7:30pm at the Henderson County Main Branch Library in the Kaplan Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.  For more information on the event, visit carolinamountain.org, or sign up to receive our bi-weekly e-newsletter, The Holler.

For questions, contact CMLC Outreach Associate Sarah Harden at sarahh@carolinamountain.org or 828-697-5777 ext 211.

CMLC conserves land and water resources to benefit the quality of life of residents and visitors in Henderson, Transylvania, and surrounding counties. Since 1994, the land trust has protected more than 27,000 acres of natural lands in our mountains.


Date of this Event: Sat, 11/15/2014 - 9:45am

Alexanders Ford, a naturally and culturally significant property in Polk County, was forever protected by a CMLC conservation easement in 2011. It was purchased by Polk County and opened to the public as the Bradley Nature Preserve at Alexander's Ford, a park for visitors to enjoy its biological treasures and timeless history. The property hosts almost two miles of the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail, the route followed by a Patriot militia during the Revolutionary War en route to the Battle at Kings Mountain. The militia defeated the British a few days after marching through the property and camping on site at the banks of the Green River. Thomas Jefferson later referred to the battle as the "turning point of the American Revolution".

Join CMLC on Saturday, November 15th @ 9:45am for a members only hike through the Bradley Nature Preserve at Alexander's Ford along the original path marched by the Overmountain Men in 1780. During the hike, hear stories and history as we take a leisurely out-and-back hike to the Green River. Total hiking distance is 2.5 miles. Hiking time will be approximately three hours; this does not include travel time to the hike itself. 

This hike is rated EASY to MODERATE as it has a total elevation gain and loss of 200 feet over its distance of 2.5 miles. Participants are required to be in reasonable physical condition and capable of completing a two and a half mile hike over uneven, forested terrain. Children of all ages are welcome on this hike. Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate dogs at this time. Hikers should wear sturdy walking shoes (no flip-flops), bring several layers of clothing in preparation for changing warm and cold temperatures, pack plenty of water as well as a snack to eat during the hike. Note that this hike has no restroom facilities.

Space is limited on our hikes, so please reserve your spot today by using CMLC's Online Hike Sign-Up Form. Hike meeting locations and additional details will be sent upon confirmation of your spot on the hike within 1-2 days business days after requesting a spot. This hike can accomodate 40 hikers. Reservations for a spot on this hike will be taken on a first-come, first-serve basis using:

CMLC's Online Hike Sign-Up Form

If you are not a CMLC member, but would still like to hike with us on this hike, we would love to have your membership and support so we can continue to maintain and protect the trails and land you love.

For questions, contact CMLC Outreach Associate Sarah Harden at sarahh@carolinamountain.org. Please allow one full business day for a response to Hike Sign-Ups and hike inquiries. In the event of inclement weather, please call our office at (828) 697-5777 as we may have to cancel the outing.

 


Date of this Event: Tue, 11/11/2014 - 9:30am

Join Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy for a weekday hike up CMLC-conserved Bearwallow Mountain on Tuesday, November 11th. We'll hike to the summit, rest for a snack and picture taking, then head back down the mountain.

At 4,232 ft. above sea level, Bearwallow Mountain stands as the highest peak in the widely-visible Bearwallow Highlands range. Straddling the Eastern Continental Divide, it makes up part of the Blue Ridge Escarpment as well as the western rim of the Hickory Nut Gorge. Crowned with a grassy meadow at its summit, the mountain features a nearly 360 degree view that encompasses some of the southern Appalachians highest peaks including Mt. Mitchell in the Black Mountains and Mt. Pisgah in the Great Balsams range. Its breathtaking vista also includes a birds-eye view of Hickory Nut Gorge, as well as downtown Hendersonville. A historic fire lookout tower occupies the summit, as do grazing cattle who call the mountaintop home.

CMLC acquired a conservation easement on 81 acres at the summit of Bearwallow in 2009, forever protecting it from mountaintop development. An additional 85 acres were placed into a conservation easement on Bearwallow Mountain's ridgeline in 2012. CMLC is working toward the total conservation of more than 480 acres at Bearwallow Mountain.

Total hiking distance is 2.0 miles. This hike is rated strenuous with a total elevation gain of 537 feet. Attendance is free and open to the public. We will begin our hike at 9:30 am.

Participants are required to be in good physical condition and capable to hike over uneven, forested terrain. Hikers should wear sturdy walking shoes (no flip-flops), bring several layers of clothing in preparation for cold temperatures, pack plenty of water as well as a snack to eat during the hike. Hikers who attend are required to participate in the entire duration of the hike. 

This hike is open to the public as well as CMLC members. Space is limited on our hikes, so please reserve your spot by using CMLC's Online Hike Sign-Up Form. Hike meeting locations and additional details will be sent out to participants via e-mail 1-2 days prior to the hike. Reservations for a spot on this hike will be taken on a first-come, first-serve basis using:

CMLC's Online Outing Sign-Up Form

For questions, contact CMLC Outreach Associate Sarah Harden at sarahh@carolinamountain.org. Please allow one full business day for a response to Sign-Ups and inquiries. In the event of inclement weather, please call our office at (828) 697-5777 as we may have to cancel the outing.


Date of this Event: Thu, 10/23/2014 - 6:00pm

Join Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy on Thursday, October 23, to hear a presentation from Jeremy B. Jones, local author of the renowned book, Bearwallow: A Personal History of a Mountain Homeland. Jeremy will read passages from the book and tell about his inspiration and life here in WNC and the Blue Ridge Mountains. He will also play his banjo, hold a Q&A session, and have a book-signing after the presentation.

With CMLC, a non-profit land conservancy, and Jeremy B. Jones, an avid supporter of conserving important and beautiful natural lands, this Speaker Series event centered around Bearwallow is sure to be inspirational and entertaining for everyone.

When and Where?

The CMLC Speaker Series featuring Jeremy B. Jones will be from 6:00pm to 7:30pm at the Henderson County Main Branch Library in the Kaplan Auditorium and is open and free to the public.

For questions, contact CMLC Outreach Associate Sarah Harden at sarahh@carolinamountain.org or 828-697-5777 ext 211.

CMLC conserves land and water resources to benefit the quality of life of residents and visitors in Henderson, Transylvania, and surrounding counties. Since 1994, the land trust has protected more than 27,000 acres of natural lands in our mountains.

 


Meet new people and connect with the community while increasing CMLC's public visibility when you sign up to volunteer with our new Outreach Corps! We are seeking enthusiastic volunteers to represent CMLC at tabling events, fairs, and other happenings in the community. Volunteers will transport and set up posters and other materials, and will introduce people to CMLC's mission and work. This exciting new opportunity can accomodate a variety of schedules.

If you're passionate about the work we do and enjoy sharing your passion with others, consider joining our Outreach Corps! Contact our Volunteer Program Associate, Caroline Ketcham, for more information and to sign up.


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