News & Events: Upcoming Events

Date of this Event: Sun, 05/04/2014 - 2:00pm

The Southeast's Fiercest 5K.

A Mountaintop Finish Line with:

Beer. Bluegrass. 360° View.


Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy presents the 3rd annual Bearwallow Beast 5K Trail Run & Festival, featuring more than 1,400 feet of elevation gain over its 3.1 miles. Local beer, live bluegrass music, and a breathtaking 360° view atop CMLC-conserved Bearwallow Mountain await at the mountaintop festival at the finish line (runners age 21+ get one free beer). Also featuring the Kids' Firetower Fun Run and on-site food vendors.

When: Sunday, May 4th; 2:00pm
Where: Gerton, NC
Cost: Race = $35 registration; Festival = FREE

Not a runner but don't want to miss one of the most unique parties of the year while also supporting CMLC's land conservation efforts? Cheer the runners on while enjoying the FREE mountaintop festival beginning at 1:30pm. Festival-goers can arrive early and park at Grand Highlands (10 Autumn Sky Drive Hendersonville, NC 28792) and catch a shuttle to the top of Bearwallow Mountain.

Join the race to save our mountains!

Registration for the Bearwallow Beast 5k is open now at

Volunteer at the Bearwallow Beast:

Volunteers are needed for everything from parking to beer pouring. Volunteer shifts are available throughout the day.

Note: VolunteerSpot will ask you to enter your email address before signing up. You will NOT need to register an account on VolunteerSpot and VolunteerSpot does not share your email address with anyone. If you would prefer not to use VolunteerSpot, please email to sign up!


Date of this Event: Tue, 04/22/2014 - 5:30pm

Join CMLC for an educational workshop to learn how to grow shiitake mushrooms. Following a brief presentation on easy-to-grow edible mushrooms, participants will be able to inoculate their very own shiitake log to take home. The event will take place at the CMLC office on April 22nd from 5:30-7:00pm. Space is limited; RSVP is required no later than Friday, April 18th. Workshop fee is $10.00.

Click here to RSVP.

Date of this Event: Sun, 04/06/2014 - 2:00pm


This is a free event. Attendance is open to the public.

Join CMLC on Sunday, April 6th at 2:00 - 4:30pm our Annual Meeting, an event to honor our dedicated volunteers and announce the recipient of the prestigious 2014 Lela McBride Award. The event will also feature special guest speaker Dr. Michael Follo, who will present the engaging talk "The Geology of CMLC Lands in Western North Carolina." Following the event, join CMLC staff and AmeriCorps members for an optional half-mile guided nature hike on scenic Camp Tekoa trails.

For directions to Camp Tekoa, click here.

Special Presentation: 

“The Geology of CMLC Lands in Western North Carolina”

Dr. Michael Follo taught geology for 25 years after earning his doctorate in geology from Harvard University. He now serves as the Director of Education at the North Carolina Outward Bound School and as a Clinical Assistant Professor in the School of Education at UNC-Chapel Hill. He leads Outward Bound wilderness courses for K-12 teachers from public and private schools, and mentors those teachers as they work to translate their Outward Bound experience back to a traditional classroom setting. 

Click here to RSVP online.

For more information, contact CMLC Volunteer Program Associate, Kristen Todd, at

Date of this Event: Wed, 12/11/2013 - 4:00pm

CMLC will host a Volunteer Information Session every month.

The next session will be held on Tuesday, February 18th. Drop by the CMLC office (847 Case Street, Hendersonville) from 4:30-5:30pm to learn more about the work of Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy, current land protection and stewardship projects, fun events, and how you can get involved through volunteering!

To signup, Complete this form or contact Kristen Todd, CMLC Volunteer Associate, at or 828-697-5777 x 211.

Date of this Event: Tue, 11/19/2013 - 7:00pm

Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy and the Pacolet Area Conservancy will jointly present the film, “Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for our Time to the public onTuesday, November 19th at 7:00pm at the Flat Rock Cinema. The Flat Rock Cinema is located at 2700 Greenville Hwy, Flat Rock, NC. 

There is no charge for the showing of the film but donations will be appreciated. The unqiue Flat Rock Cinema offers an array of food and beverages. Driving directions and a complete food and beverage menu, including beer and wine, can be found at

Considered by many as the father of wildlife conservation in the United States and author of the widely reknowned A Sand County Alamanc, Aldo Leopold was a conservationist, forester, philosopher, educator, writer, and outdoor enthusiast. The film explores Aldo Leopold’s life in the early part of the 20th century and the many ways his land ethic idea continues to be applied all over the world today.

Date of this Event: Tue, 11/05/2013 - 10:00am

Members are extremely important to the daily operations of CMLC and the fulfillment of our mission.  Help CMLC put together materials for a mass mailing on November 4 and 5. We are looking for 2 volunteers per day. Shifts will be no longer than 4 hours each day. Please RSVP to or call 828-697-5777.

Date of this Event: Mon, 11/04/2013 - 10:00am

Members are extremely important to the daily operations of CMLC and the fulfillment of our mission.  Help CMLC put together materials for a mass mailing on November 4 and 5. We are looking for 2 volunteers per day. Shifts will be no longer than 4 hours each day. Please RSVP to or call 828-697-5777.

Date of this Event: Sun, 06/23/2013 - 2:00pm



Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy presents the 2nd annual Bearwallow Beast 5K--a challenging footrace race that ranks among the most difficult in the southeast. The race features nearly 1,400 feet of elevation gain over its 3.1 miles.

Voted one of WNC's Best Races by the Mountain Xpress in 2012!

When: Sunday, June 23rd
Where: Gerton, NC
Cost: $35 registration

We very much hope that the majority of pre-registered runners can attend our make-up date for the Bearwallow Beast. If you are not able to make it, please email if you wish to to pick up your t-shirt at the CMLC office or if you would like it to be mailed to you. Per the policy outlined via the IMAthlete website, registration fees are non-refundable. Wesincerely thank you for supporting conservation in western North Carolina through your registration fee and hope that you will enjoy the year-long membership to Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy that was included with your registration.

Join the race to save our mountains!

New registrations for the Bearwallow Beast 5K will be accepted Friday, May 17th through Thursday, June 20th. Register now at

Date of this Event: Sun, 06/02/2013 - 9:00am

National Trails Day with REI, CMC, and CMLC was rescheduled due to severe weather. The make-up date will be held on Saturday, June 29. 
Get your hands dirty with CMLC, Carolina Mountain Club, and REI Asheville on National Trails Day, Sunday June 2nd. Help build the new Trombatore Trail, a three mile extension of the popular Bearwallow Mountain Trail in the Hickory Nut Gorge.
Spend a fun day in the woods while being part of constructing one of the region's newest and most exciting hiking trail systems. The new trail is a segment of the developing 12-mile Upper Hickory Nut Gorge Trail that will connect the grassy bald of Bearwallow Mountain to other conserved lands in the Gorge, including the scenic summit of Blue Ridge Pastures as well as CMLC's 600-acre Florence Nature Preserve.
No experience is necessary, but adequate physical fitness (for working in rugged terrain while using heavy tools) is required. Participants will receive a special edition REI volunteer T-shirt. Space is limited to 25 volunteers. Ages 12 and up are welcome. Workday will last from 9 AM - 3 PM. Wear long pants, long sleeves and closed-toe hiking shoes or boots, dress for poison ivy, bring work gloves, sun protection, water and snacks/lunch.
Registration via REi Asheville is required. Meet at the Bearwallow Mountain trailhead (directions:
For questions, contact CMLC Trails Associate Sarah Bromley at or 828-697-5777.

Date of this Event: Sat, 06/01/2013 - 10:00am

Help CMLC by shopping at Hendersonville's Mast General Store (527 N. Main St.) on Land Trust Day: Saturday, June 1st, 2013. In support of land conservation in western NC, Mast General Store will donate 25% of all sales on Land Trust Day to CMLC (Hendersonville location only). Browse Mast General Store online now and make your list to purchase in the store on June 1st.

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