News & Events: Hikes And Outings

Date of this Event: Sun, 11/20/2016 (All day)

This CMLC Adventure has been postponed due to poor air quality and visibility; it will be rescheduled for Spring 2017!

Come out and join CMLC for a hike and adventure at Fryingpan Mountain! This hike, led CMLC's Trails & Recreational Lands Coordinator and author of the book Hiking North Carolina's Lookout Towers, Peter Barr, will offer breathtaking views much of the land CMLC protects in Henderson and Transylvania counties. Our adventure will lead us to a historic and scenic fire lookout tower used by the US Forest Service, where we will have the opportunity to climb partially up the tower for the spectacular view. 

This hike is a part of CMLC's new Adventure Program. Come hike with us and learn more about CMLC's new Adventures and the other outdoor recreation opportunities we help make possible! 

The hike will take place on Saturday, November 20th at noon. 

If you would like to learn more about this trail visit our Hiking Challenge page by clicking here.

This adventure is open to both members and non-members. Space is limited; sign up today to reserve your spot. Once you register you will receive an email with more details about the hike. 


Date of this Event: Wed, 08/17/2016 - 10:00am

This hike is now full! Thank you for your interest and we hope to see you the next time we host a Headwaters State Forest Tour!

Join CMLC for a limited opportunity to explore the highlights of the new Headwaters State Forest on Wednesday, August 17, at 10:00AM. This tour is composed of four short hikes (cumulative distance totaling 3.0 miles) to Gravely Mill Falls, Reece Place Falls, East Fork Falls, and Sassafras Mountain**. Several of these locations are not yet accessible to the public. Participants will caravan by vehicle to several locations where they will take a short hike to reach each point of interest in the recently conserved East Fork Headwaters tract. 

Because of the complexity of travel to numerous remote locations and limitation of parking, group size is limited to 15 participants. Because this event will likely reach capacity quickly, future tours will be scheduled to accommodate additional interest. Hiking boots are required; trekking poles recommended.

Due to the hazards associated with hiking near waterfalls, dogs and children are not able to be accommodated on this outing.

This tour is rated as moderate, the total hiking distance is 3 miles, and there is an overall elevation gain of 350 feet. The total time to hike is 2.5 hours with a total of 2.5 hours drive-time.

**trails to waterfalls are steep and slippery

A SHORT HISTORY LESSON: The East Fork Headwaters tract has been managed as a working forest since the early 1900's. In 1910, Joseph Silverstein purchased the land surrounding the headwaters of the East Fork of the French Broad River to supply several lumber companies and owned the land until his death in 1967. Following the death of Silverstein, Champion International Paper Company owned and managed the property until former NC Congressman Charles Taylor purchased the land in the mid-1980s and maintained ownership until 2009.

In the summer of 2009, Congressman Taylor contacted the Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy with an interest in conserving the 8,000-acre tract. In 2010, the partner organizations, which included CMLC, The Conservation Fund, NC Forest Service, and US Fish and Wildlife Service, began to generate public, legislative, and agency support to fund the acquisition of the East Fork Headwaters property. Ultimately, the NC Forest Service will own and manage the property and plans to establish the Headwaters State Forest. The forest will be used to demonstrate good forest stewardship principles that promote environmentally sound, socially beneficial, and economically prosperous management of forest resources. As of 2015, the NC State Forest Service now owns approximately 5,000 acres of the future Headwaters State Forest!

For more in-depth information about the history and the progress of the Headwaters State Forest, visit eastforkheadwaters.com.

Participants are required to be in good physical condition and capable to hike over uneven, forested terrain. Hikers should wear sturdy walking/hiking shoes (no flip-flops). Also, bring several layers of clothing in preparation for cold temperatures and pack plenty of water and snacks. Hikers who attend are required to participate in the entire event. 

This hike is now full! Thank you for your interest and we hope to see you the next time we host a Headwaters State Forest Tour!

This hike is for CMLC Members Only and has limited space. 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 email 1-2 days prior to the hike. Reservations for a spot on this hike are first come, first serve:

 

CMLC's Online Outing Sign-Up Form

For questions, please contact Sarah Harden at sarahh@carolinamountain.org. Please allow one full business day for a response to both sign-ups and inquiries. 


Date of this Event: Sun, 07/17/2016 - 7:00pm

Join Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy for a celestial show atop CMLC-conserved Bearwallow Mountain on Sunday, July 17, 2016. We'll hike to the summit about 90 minutes before sunset in time to watch the fullmoon rise, then hike back down the gravel road about 60 minutes after sunset.

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. At the moment, CMLC has conserved a total of 165 acres and is working toward conserving more than 300 acres at Bearwallow Mountain by the end of 2016.

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 Sunday evening before the sun sets, and then we will travel back down the mountain bathed in moonlight. Please note: because of the nature of this hike, plan to pack a flashlight and additional clothes, blanket/sleeping bag to stay warm while on the summit. It will probably be windy.

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's 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: Wed, 06/29/2016 - 5:30pm

Join us after work on Wednesday, June 29th, for a nature journaling hike at The Cabin Ridge in Hendersonville, NC. Guests will bring their own journal and writing utensils but will be guided with prompts to journal, sketch, and take observations. No experience is necessary! Participants must be able to walk an easy mile loop trail and able to sit or stand while journaling and observing.

This hike will be open to the public. Due to the nature of this hike, there will be a cap of 15 guests. Reservations will be taken on a first come, first serve basis using CMLC's Online Hike Sign-Up FormAdditional information will be sent upon confirmation fo your spot on the hike within 1-3 business days after requesting a spot. 

CMLC's Online Hike Sign-Up Form

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: Sun, 06/12/2016 - 10:00am

Join CMLC and Pardee in this special edition guided Hiking Challenge 3 hike! We will be celebrating Pardee's sponsorship of the White Squirrel Hiking Challenge with a presentation from special Pardee guests Sarah Philipp and Chelsea Darley.

Sarah Philipp is an Athletic Trainer with Pardee Sports Medicine and will be talking with participants about the importance of using hiking poles when trail walking. Pardee Signature Care Center coordinator Chelsea Darley will be providing information on the Heels in Motion community walking program she introduced in January of 2016. Both are natives of western North Carolina and are eager to share their love of the outdoors with others! We are excited to welcome such wonderful guests on this incredibly rewarding hike.

Trombatore trail is a strenuous 5.0 mile out-and-back journey, during which hikers will descend into and out of a rich cove forest on the way to the panoramic summit of Blue Ridge Pastures. This hike has steep uphill climbs and downhill runs in both directions, and features a total elevation gain of 1200 feet

Participants are required to be in reasonable physical condition and capable of completing a four 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 upon confirmation of your spot on the 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 about this or other CMLC hikes, 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: Wed, 06/01/2016 - 6:00pm

Join us after work on Wednesday, June 1st, to check out a CMLC protected Southern Appalachian mountain bog in Flat Rock. This tour will be led by David Lee, CMLC's Natural Resources Manager and special guest Anita Goetz of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Learn about the Southern Appalachian mountain bog habitat and get to know this particular property!

This hike will be for CMLC members only. If you are not already a member with us, learn about the benefits of membership and join us here--we would love to have you on this special tour and get to show you one of the incredible sites we have protected. Due to the sensitivity of the mountain bog environment, there will be a cap of 10 guests allowed on this tour. Reservations will be taken on a first come, first serve basis using CMLC's Online Hike Sign-Up Form. Additional information will be sent upon confirmation fo your spot on the hike within 1-3 business days after requesting a spot. 

CMLC's Online Hike Sign-Up Form

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: Wed, 05/25/2016 - 6:00pm

Join us after work on Wednesday, May 25th to learn about this incredible example of conserving small spaces. The Ironwood Square Community Arboretum is 2 acres located behind the offices of Ironwood Square that houses the CMLC, Children and Family Resouce Center, and The Free Clinics offices. This special space is home to hundreds of native species of flowering plants, insects, birds, amphibians, trees, and more. CMLC Land Protection Director and arboretum "father" Tom Fanslow will lead a small group through the arboretum sharing stories and pointing out various plant and animal community members. Space on this tour is limited to 15 people, so please sign up and reserve your space 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

 

To read more about the Ironwood Square Community Arboretum, read the Stories of the Land article it's featured in or follow the Ironwood Square Community Arboretum page on Facebook by "liking" it.

For questions about this or other CMLC hikes, 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: Mon, 04/18/2016 - 9:00am

 

Join CMLC on Monday, April 18th for a joint hike with Pacolet Area Conservancy and Keith Viglietta’s hiking group that will take place at Walnut Creek Preserve. Hikers will take a short tour of the Anne Elizabeth Suratt Nature Center before heading out to enjoy the hiking trails at Walnut Creek Preserve. The hike will include a short snack break around 11:30 as well as stops to enjoy the many blooming wildflowers. The hike will be an easy to moderate 4-5 miles and will conclude around 1:00 pm.

Guests are asked to meet at 9:00 am at McGuinn’s (general store and gas station) on Highway 9 at the intersection of Mcguinn Road. Our final destination is not clearly accessible via GPS mapping and is surrounded by privately owned land. Help us respect local landowners and minimize lost parties; please be sure to arrive at McGuinn's by 9:00am so we are able to all head to the final meeting place together.

Families and children with accompanying adults are welcome, however no pets are allowed on this hike. Make sure to bring a lunch and/or snacks, plenty of water, and a wildflower guide and camera if you so choose. In the case of a last minute cancellation or change in weather, an update (no later than 7:30) will be posted to this news page and will show on CMLC’s website homepage as well as Facebook page. You can also call CMLC at (828) 697-5777 the morning of for an additional recording in the event of a cancellation. 

Please contact Community Outreach Associate Corinne Fretwell with any further questions. 


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.


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