News & Events: Hikes And Outings

Date of this Event: Sat, 12/12/2015 - 10:00am

Alexanders Ford, a naturally and culturally significant site 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 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, December 12th @ 10:00am 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 and has a total elevation change 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. Additional information will be sent upon confirmation of your spot on the hike within 1-3 business days after requesting a spot. 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 support so we may continue to save the places you love. Support CMLC through an annual membership here

For questions, contact CMLC Community Outreach Associate Corinne Fretwell at corinne@carolinamountain.orgIn the event of inclement weather, please call our office at (828) 697-5777 to learn about a hike cancellation.


Date of this Event: Sat, 11/14/2015 - 10:00am

Join Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy for a hike up to CMLC-conserved Bearwallow Mountain on Saturday, November 14th. 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 moderate with a total elevation gain of 537 feetThis 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

 

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. 

For questions, contact CMLC Community Outreach Associate Corinne Fretwell at corinne@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: Sat, 10/17/2015 - 10:00am

Join CMLC for a beautiful hike at Stone Mountain in Dupont State Recreational Forest on Saturday, October 17th

Participants will hike the Rocky Ridge Trail, a 2.4 mile in-and-out trail with pinnacle views overlooking the park. The hike is strenuous with an elevation gain of 660ft. We will be stopping at the top for a short picnic lunch and opportunity to take photos, so we encourage you to bring along a snack and your camera. 

The peak of Stone Mountain is the highest point in Dupont State Recreational Forest, standing at 3,620ft. The pinnacle is composed of mostly exposed granite slabs and hikers enjoy a wide view overlooking the park, making a great spot for a picnic. Bringing a small lunch or snack is highly encouraged. The beginning of the hike is fairly level until about a mile in when the terrain is much steeper. The last 1/4 mile of the hike is an upward climb to the open peak. 

Participants are required to be in reasonable physical condition and capable of completing a three mile hike over uneven, forested terrain. 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/lunch to eat at the scenic overview. We will be taking time to eat and enjoy the view before hiking back. 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 and is open to the public. 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 Community Outreach Associate Corinne Fretwell at corinne@carolinamountain.org

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, 07/11/2015 - 10:00am

Join Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy (CMLC) for a hike on the first phase of the new Little Bearwallow Trail segment, a recently completed section of the Upper Hickory Nut Gorge Trail loop on Saturday, July 11th, 2015.

Participants will hike on a new trail built by CMLC with the help of the North Carolina Youth Conservation Corps (NCYCC) in Upper Hickory Nut Gorge near Chimney Rock State Park. The trail connects the public trailhead at US Highway 74A in Gerton to Little Bearwallow Falls, a cascade that plunges over a 100-foot cliff.

Phase 1 of the Little Bearwallow Trail climbs one mile from the floor of the Upper Gorge to the waterfall. Work on phase 2 is underway to extend the Little Bearwallow Trail to Wildcat Rock, a scenic rock outcropping that offers dramatic views of the southern Appalachians, and ultimately to the ridgeline of Little Bearwallow and Bearwallow Mountains.

NCYCC young adults worked to help introduce hikers to stunning natural features, rich biodiversity, and cultural history of the landscape around the trail. Phase 1 of the Little Bearwallow Trail opened August 27th, 2014.

In addition to conserving natural heritage in the Hickory Nut Gorge, CMLC, Conservation Trust for North Carolina (CTNC), and partners are working to facilitate public access for outdoor recreation via the creation of a new hiking trail network. The Upper Hickory Nut Gorge Trail will one day extend 15 miles, circumnavigating the ridges of the Gorge to connect public and private protected lands including Florence Nature Preserve, Bearwallow Mountain, Wildcat Rock, Blue Ridge Pastures, & Hickory Nut Gap.

Hike distance is 2.2 miles roundtrip and is rated as strenuous with 650 feet of elevation gain

Participants are required to be in reasonable physical condition and capable of completing a three mile hike over uneven, forested terrain. Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate pets on this hike. 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/lunch 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 20 hikers and is a MEMBERS-ONLY hike.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

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, 06/13/2015 - 10:00am

Join Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy (CMLC) on Saturday, June 13th, for a guided hike through the private trail system of the Connestee Falls community in Transylvania County. This hike features seven major waterfalls, including Connestee Falls, Silver Slip Falls, Upper-, Middle-, Lower-Batson Creek Falls, and more. 

Connestee Falls, Batson Creek Falls, and Silver Slip Falls were protected by CMLC through a conservation easement in 2003. Once privately-owned with restricted access, the falls are now the centerpiece of a new Transylvania County park.

Total cumulative hiking distance is 2 miles. This hike is rated as moderate in difficulty, featuring a total elevation gain of 400 feet

This CMLC hike is open to the public: members and non-members are invited, so please consider registering a friend to attend the hike. The Connestee Falls community trail system is not otherwise open to the public, so take advantage of this opportunity to hike new trails with CMLC.

Participants are required to be in reasonable physical condition and capable of completing a two mile hike over uneven, forested terrain. Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate pets on this hike. 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/lunch to eat during the hike. Hikers who attend are required to participate in the entire duration of the hike. Hikers must be age 12 and up.

Space is limited on our hikes, so please reserve your spot today by using CMLC's Online Hike Sign-Up FormHike meeting locations, times, and additional details will be sent through email the week of the hike. 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

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.

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, 05/16/2015 - 10:00am

Join Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy (CMLC) on Saturday, May 16th, for a guided hike through the scenic Johnson Branch conservation easement in Transylvania County. This hike has been one of CMLC's most popular hikes from previous years, featuring a picturesque 68-acre property conserved by the Jones family through CMLC in 2009. Hikers will enjoy a moderate hike that includes several waterfalls, beautiful rich cove forest, a plethora of spring wildflowers, and a scenic view high above the French Broad River valley.

The hike will be led by the landowners David and Betty Jones who will tour hikers on their protected property as well as share stories of the land and the close connection that they share with it. This property is not otherwise open to the public for hiking.

Total cumulative hiking distance is 3.3 miles. This hike is rated as moderate in difficulty, featuring a total elevation gain of 815 feet. The hike will begin at 10:00am. Please allow extra time before and afterwards for travel. This hike is open for both members and non-members.

Participants are required to be in reasonable physical condition and capable of completing a two mile hike over uneven, forested terrain. Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate pets on this hike. 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/lunch 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 the week of the hike. This hike can accomodate 25 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 Hike Sign-Ups and hike inquiries.

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: Thu, 04/23/2015 - 10:00am

Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy invites you to join us for a Weekday Wildflower Walk at Sherwood Forest, a private residential community in Transylvania County on Thursday, April 23rd. This hike is open to members and non-members.

The wildflower walk will be about two and a half hours long through a rich cove forest, stopping along the way to view and discuss flowers.  We will be led by Margaret Napier, a wildflower expert.  For those who want to bring a lunch with them, we can eat at picnic tables near Robin Hood Barn; rest rooms are available at nearby Robin Hood Center if there is not an event going on at that time.

Total cumulative walking distance is  2.0 miles. This walk is rated as easy in difficulty, featuring a total elevation gain of 500 feetThis hike can only accomidate 20 people total, per the wildflower leader's request. 

Participants are required to be in reasonable physical condition and capable of completing a two mile hike over uneven, forested terrain. Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate pets on this hike. 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/lunch to eat during the hike. Hikers who attend are required to participate in the entire duration of the hike. Hikers must be age 12 and up.

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 20 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

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, 04/18/2015 - 10:00am

Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy invites you to join us for a MEMBERS ONLY wildflower walk at Sherwood Forest, a private residential community in Transylvania County on Saturday, April 18th.

The wildflower walk will be about two and a half hours long through a rich cove forest, stopping along the way to view and discuss flowers.  We will be led by Margaret Napier, a wildflower expert.  For those who want to bring a lunch with them, we can eat at picnic tables near Robin Hood Barn; rest rooms are available at nearby Robin Hood Center if there is not an event going on at that time.

Total cumulative walking distance is  2.0 miles. This walk is rated as easy in difficulty, featuring a total elevation gain of 500 feet. This hike can only accomidate 20 people total, per the wildflower leader's request. 

Participants are required to be in reasonable physical condition and capable of completing a two mile hike over uneven, forested terrain. Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate pets on this hike. 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/lunch to eat during the hike. Hikers who attend are required to participate in the entire duration of the hike. Hikers must be age 12 and up.

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 20 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

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: Sun, 03/15/2015 - 2:00pm

Join CMLC for an interpretive hike highlighting the scenic beauty and rich history of Rockbrook Camp in Transylvania County on Sunday, March 15th.

Founded in 1921, Rockbrook Camp for Girls is a rustic summer camp located southwest of Brevard in the Dunns Rock township. In 2010, Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy placed a conservation easement on more than 115 acres of mountain slopes surrounding the camp.

With its picturesque waterfalls and scenic cliffs permanently protected, Camp Rockbrook, possible cradle of the white squirrel, will enter its 94th season this year in 2015.

Current Camp Director Jeff Carter and previous Camp Director Jerry Stone will share some of the history of the camp prior to our hike to Rockbrook Falls. There will be an optional additional hike to Castle Rock after we get back from Rockbrook Falls.

Total hiking distance to and from Rockbrook Falls is 1.0 mile; this is a moderate hike. The total hiking distance to and from the optional Castle Rock is also 1.0 mile; this hike is strenuous with most of the total elevation gain. There is a small leap from a ledge and over a crevasse to get to the scenic Castle Rock, which can hold only about 10 people at a time.  Please note: the climb to Castle Rock is optional as it is very steep and negotiates slippery trail. The overall total elevation gain is 400 ft

Participants are required to be in good physical condition and capable of completing a two mile hike over uneven, forested terrain. Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate dogs on this hike. 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/lunch to eat during the hike.

This hike is a CMLC members-only hike. To join CMLC or find out more information, visit www.carolinamountain.org. 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 30 hikers. 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.


Date of this Event: Sat, 03/07/2015 - 11:00am

 

 

THIS HIKE IS NOW CLOSED TO NEW SIGN-UPS. IT HAS ALSO BEEN RESCHEDULED FOR MARCH 7th. 

Green River Preserve (GRP) is CMLC's largest conservation easement and one of the largest in all of western NC. It contains a plethora of natural treasures and abundance of unspoiled mountain slopes making it one of the biggest and most biologically-diverse private wildlife preserves in western North Carolina.  More than 2,600 acres of GRP were conserved with CMLC in 2006. GRP hosts headwaters of the Green River watershed, including 22 miles of its tributaries and 8 miles of the river itself.  The Preserve abuts the 10,300 acre DuPont State Forest; its  seven mile boundary with DuPont serves as an ecological buffer and expands an exceptionally significant wildlife corridor. 

 

Also steeped in southern Appalachian cultural heritage, evidence of Native American habitation is routinely found in its many caves and secluded coves.  Remnants from the earliest mountain settlers of the Green River Valley are abundant throughout the Preserve, too. 

Join CMLC on Saturday, February 21st for a hike through the lush forests of Green River Preserve to reach Pretty Place, a scenic overlook at the edge of the dramatic Blue Ridge Escarpment. The out-and-back hike will ascend to the Eastern Continental Divide on woods road and exit GRP property to reach Camp Greenville on the North Carolina-South Carolina state line. The view from the Camp's Symmes Chapel, positioned at the edge of a cliff overlooking the South Carolina piedmont, is aptly named "Pretty Place". Total hiking distance is 4.5 miles (6.5 miles if part of the road is closed to cars). Hiking time will be about four hours including a stop for lunch while enjoying the view at Pretty Place; this does not include travel time to the hike itself.

This hike is rated MODERATE as it has a total elevation gain of 960 feet over its distance of 4.5 miles (6.5 miles if part of the road is closed to cars). Participants are required to be in reasonable physical condition and capable of completing a five mile hike over uneven, forested terrain. Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate dogs on this hike. 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/lunch to eat during the hike. Hikers who attend are required to participate in the entire duration of the hike.

THIS HIKE IS NOW CLOSED TO NEW SIGN-UPS. IT HAS ALSO BEEN RESCHEDULED.

This is hike is open to both members and non-members. Space is limited on our hikes, so please reserve your spot today by using CMLC's Online Hike Sign-Up Form. A confirmation email will be sent within 1-2 days business days after requesting a spot. 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 (or more around holidays) for a response to Hike Sign-Ups and hike inquiries.

 

To view a video of the Pretty Place panorama, please click the image below 

(Video taken on Saturday March 7, 2015, by Craig T. Rightmire)


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