News & Events: Hikes And Outings

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 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

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.


Date of this Event: Mon, 10/20/2014 - 12:26pm

Help CMLC and the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps build a new section of trail at Little Bearwallow Mountain in the Hickory Nut Gorge. This trail will become part of a network connecting sections of the Gorge. This is a great opportunity to get involved with this trail, learn more about trail building, and see some incredible views! Best of all, no prior training is required.

Work will include cutting new trail, lopping excess tree branches along the trail, creating rock steps, and other trail tasks. Volunteers should plan on wearing long sleeves and long pants, and bringing plenty of water.

Volunteers can join the trail building fun on the following days:

  • October 20-24
  • October 27-30
  • November 3-6
  • November 10-13

Please contact Angie Lee (angie@carolinamountain.org) to sign up. We hope to see you out on the trail!


Date of this Event: Sat, 10/11/2014 - 9:30am

On Saturday, October 11th, Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy welcomes you to join us for the newest hike in the Upper Hickory Nut Gorge - the Trombatore Trail!

On this out-and-back journey, hikers will descend into and out of a rich cove forest on the way to the panoramic summit of Blue Ridge Pastures. the Total cumulative hiking distance is 5.0 miles. This hike is rated as strenuous in difficulty, featuring 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 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

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, 08/02/2014 - 10:00am

This hike currently has a waitlist. Hikers registering for the waitlist (below) will receive an update on their status a week prior to the hike. Join the Conservation Trust for North Carolina (CTNC) and Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy (CMLC) for a sneak peek of the first phase of the new Little Bearwallow Trail segment, a recently completed section of the Upper Hickory Nut Gorge Trail loop.

Participants will hike on a new trail being 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 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—currently on-site working to extend this trail—will show off their trail construction work and help introduce participants to the stunning natural features, rich biodiversity, and cultural history of the landscape around the trail. The new segment of the Little Bearwallow Trail opens August 27th.

In addition to conserving natural heritage in the Hickory Nut Gorge, CMLC, 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 3 miles roundtrip and is rated as strenuous with 700 feet of elevation gain. The hike will start at 10:00 am.

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 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 Matt Kirk at matt@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, 07/12/2014 (All day)

Join Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy for a summer solstice celestial show atop CMLC-conserved Bearwallow Mountain on Saturday, July 12th. We'll hike to the summit in time to first watch the full moon-rise followed by sunset 30 minutes later.

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 7:30 pm. Moonrise will be at 8:52 pm and sunset will be at 8:47 pm. We will return to the trail head by 9:30 pm. 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.

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 Trails & Outreach Associate Matt Kirk at matt@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.

Photos of our hike, by our hikers:

 


Date of this Event: Sat, 06/28/2014 - 10:00am

On Saturday, June 28th, Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy welcomes you to join us for the newest hike in the Upper Hickory Nut Gorge - the Trombatore Trail!

On this out-and-back journey, hikers will descend into and out of a rich cove forest on the way to the panoramic summit of Blue Ridge Pastures. the Total cumulative hiking distance is  5.0 miles. This hike is rated as strenuous in difficulty, featuring 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 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 Matt Kirk at matt@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, 05/24/2014 - 10:00am

Join Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy (CMLC) on Saturday, May 24, for a guided hike through the private trail system of the Connestee Falls community in Transylvania County. This hike features five major waterfalls, including Connestee Falls, Silver Slip Falls, Upper-, Middle-, and Lower-Batson Creek Falls. 

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 2.1 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 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 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 Matt Kirk at matt@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: Thu, 05/22/2014 - 10:00am

Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy invites you to join us for a wildflower walk at Sherwood Forest, a private residential community in Transylvania County on Thursday, May 22nd.

The wildflower walk will be about two hours long through a rich cove forest, stopping along the way to view and discuss flowers.  We will be led by Sherwood Forest residents.  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.

Total cumulative hiking distance is  2.0 miles. This hike is rated as easy in difficulty, featuring a total elevation gain of 500 feet

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 Matt Kirk at matt@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: Fri, 04/04/2014 - 4:47pm

Join Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy (CMLC) on Saturday, April 26, 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 a CMLC-members-only hike.

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 upon confirmation of your spot on 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 Matt Kirk at matt@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.

Photos of our hike, by our hikers:


Date of this Event: Fri, 04/04/2014 - 9:00am

Outdoor enthusiasts and hikers are invited to join the Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy Friday, April 4, for a hike at the Pacolet Area Conservancy (PAC) protected Walnut Creek Preserve. PAC will host CMLC for a joint hike between the two organizations.

Babs and Bob Strickland, owners and managers of Walnut Creek Preserve, will lead hikers through the Preserve’s varied natural resource areas. Hikers will enjoy the east end of the Preserve and will begin the hike at the home of the owners. The hike will then follow Trillium Creek and Walnut Creek.

Hikers will enjoy spring wildflowers during the walk. A break is planned along a rocky section of Walnut Creek. The Preserve is private land and accessible only by invitation, so take advantage of this unique opportunity to enjoy the serenity of this beautiful property.

This hike will begin at 9:00am and is approximately 4.0 miles in length and rated as moderate difficulty with elevation gain totaling 300 feet.

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 Trails & Outreach Associate Matt Kirk at matt@carolinamountain.org. Please allow one full business day for a response to Sign-Ups and inquiries.


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