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Upcoming Events and Guided Group Hikes

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 Kana Miller at or call 828.253.0095 ext. 205.

Catawba Falls Hike
Near Black Mountain, NC
Date: May 29
Time: 10 am
Difficulty: Moderately Difficult (7-8)
Leader: Kana Miller, AmeriCorps Conservation Education & Volunteer Associate
Cost: FREE for SAHC members, or $10 for non-members

Join us for this unique, guided hike along the headwater streams of the to the top of spectacular Catawba Falls. The Catawba River flows for approximately 220 miles, beginning in the Southern Appalachians until it drains in the South Carolina Piedmont. While the headwaters of the Catawba can be found in neighboring McDowell County, public access is limited. Our hike begins on a tract which has been protected through a conservation easement with SAHC. The trail involves several creek crossings – 18 round trip! – So prepare for wet feet. This will be a rugged and adventurous hike, through rich cove forest and into streams. Most who access Catawba Falls have only viewed the large falls from below; come hike with us to see this rare view of the upper falls!

What to Bring: Sturdy waterproof hiking shoes (Chacos, Tevas, Keens, waterproof boots), rain gear, water, sunscreen, insect repellent, lunch, camera, and a bag to carry all personal items. Long [waterproof, non-cotton] pants are recommended for protection from poison ivy. If possible, drive a vehicle with high clearance from the ground, to help with shuttling to the trailhead.

For more info or to register, contact Kana Miller at or (828) 253.0095 ext. 205. Directions and additional details will be provided after registration.

Land Trust Day/National Trails Day
Regional event
Date: June 6, 2015

In conjunction with National Trails Day, local business across the mountains choose this special day to donate a percentage of sales to SAHC. They recognize that the mountains, streams, forests, and farms we preserve are important to their clients, and Land Trust Day is a wonderful way to "give back" to help protect the natural resources that drive our region's economy.

We are sincerely grateful to last year's participating businesses, who helped us raise $14,000 for land and water conservation. If you are interested in becoming a Land Trust Day sponsor for 2015, contact Cheryl Fowler at or 828.253.0095 ext 209. We would love to help promote your business!!

As part of our Land Trust Day celebration, we will also offer a guided hike along the Discovery Trail at our Community Farm and at OM Sanctuary just outside downtown Asheville, NC. Click here for more info.

June Jamboree
Highlands of Roan
Date: June 20, 2015

Please join us for our annual day of free, guided hikes and social gathering in the incredible Highlands of Roan. These five group hikes include outings for all age and ability levels. We will also have a social gathering in the afternoon on our recently protected SAHC property just outside the Hampton Creek Cove State Natural Area. Enjoy fellowship with friends and family and learn about our recent conservation intiatives. Click here for more info.

Grassy Ridge Mow-Off
Highlands of Roan, Grassy Ridge
Date: July 18-19

Camp out or come for the day! Join other volunteers as we work to maintain the globally rare grassy and shrub balds found on Grassy Ridge. We’ll cut invasive blackberries and other shrubs using hand tools and brush cutters. For more info or to volunteer, contact Marquette Crockett at or (828) 253-0095 x 210.

Roany Boyz (& Girlz)
Highlands of Roan, grassy balds around Engine Gap
Date: July 24-26

This is another opportunity to volunteer on the Roan! The Roany crew works each year to maintain grassy bald habitat (including habitat for rare plants like Gray’s Lily) in and around Engine Gap, just over the top of Round Bald. This work trip is flexible — come for a day or as long as you like! For more info or to volunteer, contact Carol Coffey at

For questions, directions and registration for hikes or events, contact
Kana Miller, 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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Upcoming events

Catawba Falls Hike
Near Black Mountain, NC
Friday, May 29

Land Trust Day
Shop, Dine & Hike
to Support Conservation!
Saturday, June 6

June Jamboree
Free, guided hikes in the Highlands of Roan
Saturday, June 20

Grassy Ridge Mow-Off
Volunteer Work Weekend
Highlands of Roan
July 18-19

Roany Boyz & Girlz
Volunteer Work Weekend
Highlands of Roan
July 24-26

Click here for our full calendar.

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