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. Hiking time will be approximately five 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. 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 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:
For questions, contact CMLC Outreach Associate Sarah Harden at email@example.com. Please allow one full business day (or more around holidays) for a response to Hike Sign-Ups and hike inquiries.