Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy
Protecting the World's Oldest Mountains

Group Hikes

Please bring warm clothes, hiking shoes, rain gear, water bottle, backpack lunch and camera. All hikes begin at 10:00 a.m. unless announced otherwise. Meeting location and directions will be sent upon RSVP. Please ask permission before bringing your dog.

Hikes are FREE to SAHC Members; $10.00 non-members, unless otherwise noted. (Hikes on public lands are free for all participants; see individual hike descriptions.) Registration is required. For directions, additional information, or registration, please contact Anna Zanetti at or call 828.253.0095 ext. 205.

Winter Tree Identification Hike
Montreat Wilderness, near Black Mountain, NC
Sunday, January 19th

Start Time: 10:00 am
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Leaders: Chris Coxen, SAHC Field Ecologist & Anna Zanetti, AmeriCorps Associate
Cost: Free for members and $10 for non-members
What to Bring: Sturdy hiking shoes, rain gear, water bottle, backpack lunch, camera, warm clothes and a bag to carry all personal items

Do all trees in winter look the same to you? Join SAHC's Field Ecologist, Chris Coxen, for a 2-mile hike and learn how to identify our barren woody companions through the concepts of native forest communities, tree form, and basic tree parts (bark, leaves, and fruit). We will also offer a presentation that will include simple tips to help identify some of the common trees you see while hiking around Western North Carolina. The location, date and time for the presentation is TBA.

Love of Nature & Farmland Hike
Fairview Farming Community
Saturday, February 15th

Start Time: 10:00 am
Difficulty: Easy (3-5)
Leaders: Anna Zanetti & Caitlin Edenfield, AmeriCorps Associates
Cost: Free for all participants
What to Bring: Sturdy hiking shoes, rain gear, water bottle, backpack lunch, camera, warm clothes and a bag to carry all personal items

Join SAHC the day after Valentines Day on this family-friendly hike and show your love for the Fairview Farming Community. This will be an easy 1-mile hike uphill to Tater Knob. At the peak we will have views of the surrounding farms, Little Pisgah, Mount Mitchell, Craggy Pinnacle and much more. During the hike you will learn about the history of the area as well as the importance of protecting farmland for present and future generations. After the hike we will all reconnect at the Hickory Nut Gap Farm Store for some hot apple cider.

Devil's Britches "For Love of Beer & Mountains" Partnership Hike
Cataloochee Ranch
near Maggie Valley, NC

Sunday, February 16th

Start Time: 10:00 am
Difficulty: Moderate (5-6)
Leaders: Anna Zanetti, AmeriCorps Associate & Ben Wicker, Highland Brewing Representative
Cost: Free for everyone but pre-registration is required
What to Bring: Sturdy hiking shoes, rain gear, water bottle, backpack lunch, camera, warm clothes and a bag to carry all personal items

Come out and join SAHC, Highland Brewing Company, and US Fish and Wildlife for the first "For Love of Beer & Mountains" partnership hike of the new year. Devil's Britches, at beautiful Cataloochee Ranch, and for which Highland’s latest seasonal is named, is an easy to moderate hike and covers about four miles of up and down trail. Hikers will enjoy fine vistas of the Plott Balsam Range, Hemphill Bald and Soco Gap. The group will start out on the Ski Lodge Road then turn down on the Bunchberry trail until it junctions with the Devil’s Britches trail. Devil's Britches wanders through hemlock, rhododendron, cove hardwood and lovely patches of Galax, wintergreen and Christmas ferns. Lunch will be at Todd’s Folly rest area and the return is downhill on Pine Tree Gap Rd. Please bring water, camera, warm clothing, good hiking shoes, and lunch. So come out and let’s celebrate Devil's Britches IPA and land conservation together.

Land Trust Day hike
Details TBA
Saturday, June 7

June Jamboree hikes
Details TBA
Saturday, June 14

For questions, directions and registration for hikes, contact
Anna Zanetti, or 828-253-0095 ex. 205

Hike Key Note: We are introducing a new hike key to better explain the difficulty of hikes. Hikes will be rated 1-10 (greater than 10 for extremely difficult hikes). A rating of 5 is considered moderate, 10 difficult, and 1 extremely easy. We come up with this number by plugging in the hike elevation change and mileage to this formula: (0.002 x elevation gain (ft.)) + Round trip distance (miles) = Difficulty rating (1-10).

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