Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy
Protecting the World's Oldest Mountains

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 Anna Zanetti at or call 828.253.0095 ext. 205.


Yoga on the Mountain with Lillah Schwartz
Blue Ridge Pastures in Fairview, NC
Date: Saturday, July 26

Start Time: 10 am
Difficulty: Moderate (5-6)
Leaders: Lillah Schwartz and Anna Zanetti, SAHC AmeriCorps PR & Outreach Associate
Cost: Free for SAHC members and $10 for non-members
Please Bring: Sturdy shoes, blanket, yoga mat, comfortable clothes, water, sunscreen and a pack to carry all personal items.
Dogs: Please leave four-legged companions at home for this yoga excursion

Together will hike to the top of Blue Ridge Pastures, unfold our blankets and yoga mats, and practice our sun salutations among many other poses. At the top of Blue Ridge Pastures, views of Bearwallow Mountain and Hickory Nut Gap Gorge surround us. Hikers and yogis alike will experience true beauty of the area and learn why conservation is so important in the Fairview Farming Community. You do not need to have any prior yoga experience to attend this outing.

Razor Wit "For Love of Beer & Mountains" Partnership Hike
Near Barnardsville, NC
Date: August 1
Start Time:
5 pm
Difficulty: Moderately Strenuous (5-6)
Leaders: Kristy Urquhart, Associate Director & Drew Stevenson, Highland Brewing Company
Cost: Free for everyone; registration required
Please Bring: Water, packed dinner, camera, appropriate clothing, sturdy hiking shoes, flashlight or headlamp, a mat for sitting (we will have dinner in the pasture at the top of the tract), and a pack to carry all personal items.

Join SAHC, Highland Brewing Company, and US Fish & Wildlife Service on the Razor Wit Partnership hike. Come out and hike the protected property adjacent to Razor Mountain (namesake of Highland's Razor Wit seasonal brew) located in Asheville's backyard. The trail is 3 miles long and hikers will climb approximately 1,300 feet of elevation while viewing pristine and unscathed hardwood forest landscapes.

Buncombe, Madison, and Yancey Counties all converge at the top of the property, offering spectacular views of Little Snowball Mountain, Mt. Pisgah, Crabtree Bald, the Highlands of Roan, and many more. The group will take in these stunning views and enjoy dinner as the sun sets. Atdusk, we will return the same way and enjoy the peaceful approach of summer night. *Please be prepared to hike in the dark, and be sure to bring a flashlight orheadlamp and sturdy shoes.

This hike is offered as part of our "For Love of Beer and Mountains" Partnership. Highland Brewing Company (HBC) partners with Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy and US Fish & Wildlife Service in order to support our conservation efforts and heighten awareness of the unique peaks, natural features, and native species which make our area so special. Read more

Birding Hike with Simon Thompson
Highlands of Roan (Roan High Knob)
Date: August 9
Start Time:
9 am
Difficulty: Moderately Strenuous (6-7)
Leaders: Simon Thompson of Ventures Birding Tours
Cost: Free for everyone, but pre-registration is required
Please Bring: Packed lunch, sunscreen, water, camera, binoculars, appropriate clothing, sturdy hiking shoes, a backpack to carry personal items and hiking poles if needed.
Dogs: Please leave four-legged companions at home for this birding excursion

The Highlands of Roan provide some excellent mountain birding in the higher elevations. The mosaic of habitats from spruce-fir forest to open grassy balds offer great diversity. Vesper Sparrows nest in the grassy highlands, while Magnolia and Yellow-rumped Warblers have just established a breeding toe-hold here in the Southern Blue Ridge. While most of the breeding species will have quietened down by late summer, some of our early southbound migrants will be slipping through the forests on their way south. The first Tennessee and Cape May Warblers should be on their way while some of the late breeding birds may be on their second brood by now. Join us for a late summer exploration of birding in the Highlands of Roan.

"Healing Our Backs with Yoga" TM
with Lillah, the Back Whisperer

One Center Yoga in Asheville, NC
Date: August 22 – 24

Join local master yoga instructor Lillah Schwartz for ‘A layperson’s guide to back pain relief.’ A national expert in yoga’s structural benefits, Lillah offers this signature course to assist people with back, neck or shoulder conditions, helping them tap into yoga’s healing, strengthening power to find relief.

Trained in the Iyengar method of yoga, with a science background and a clear understanding of anatomy and kinesiology, Lillah is a yogini with over 30 years of experience. She offers back care classes throughout the year, but this August and September she will offer a special workshop — "Healing Our Backs with Yoga".

The "Healing Our Backs with Yoga" trainings are designed to help the layperson understand how to relieve their own back pain. Participants will receive guidance on which poses are specific to their body and back pain needs. They will learn how to perfom the poses correctly so they gain the best results possible from practice at home. "When you know the right stretches to do for your particular condition, then you can make progress and start healing," says Lillah.

To make this a win-win-win workshop, Lillah will also "give back" a portion of proceeds to the community! This event will be co-sponsored by WNC Woman magazine and Ashevillage Institute, with 22% of proceeds donated to SAHC to support our conservation work. For more information or to register, visit

"The Many Moods of McCartney"
All4Asheville Benefit Concert

Thomas Wolfe Auditorium
U S Cellular Center, Asheville, NC

Date: September 27

The Many Moods of McCartney will present the classical music of Sir Paul McCartney along with several of his classic pop tunes that have been a part of the soundscape of all of our lives.  The Asheville Symphony Orchestra and world-renowned Oscar and Grammy winning artists will perform together in this gala concert on September 27th.

Performances by the Asheville Symphony Orchestra and artists Roger Kellaway,  Peter Beets, Little Anthony, Bobby Caldwell,  Franke Previte, Lisa Sherman, Yongmei Hu, Samantha Landrum, and Emily West.

This spectacular concert will benefit ALL4ASHEVILLE, four of the causes Asheville cares most about — the arts, food relief, conserving our environment, and our youth and education. Proceeds will help support MANNA Food Bank, Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy, Asheville City Schools Foundation and the Asheville Symphony Orchestra!

Click here for more information about the event, including the music, artists, and local charities benefitting from the concert. Tickets are on sale now!

Get the Alan Aldridge Limited EditionThe Beatles Illustrated Collective Set Now!

To celebrate the 65th anniversary of the 45rpm record, the Beatles 50th anniversary (and British Invasion), and Alan Aldridge’s 45th anniversary of his “Beatles Illustrated Lyrics Book,” Reviver Records and BDG/RED have released a custom 7” box housing an 18-month calendar with unreleased Alan Aldridge Beatles images and a CD EP.

Various artists will be singing their own interpretations of Beatle classics, including 2009 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Little Anthony of the Imperials singing the McCartney hit “World Without Love"; Rapper’s Delight featuring Wonder Mike and Master Gee, original members of the Sugarhill Gang, have remade the Paul McCartney song “Mrs. Vandebilt”; Living Colour cover "Back In The U.S.S.R"; Caroline Pennell does "Come and Get It"; and Tackhead featuring Bernard Fowler do a version of "I'm Looking Through You."

Click here for more info or to purchase yours now.

The “Beatles Illustrated Collective Set," produced by Robert Johnson, benefits The Women and Cancer Fund.

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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Upcoming events

July 18 - 20
Grassy Ridge Mow-off
Highlands of Roan

July 26
Yoga on the Mountain
Fairview Farming Community

August 1
Razor Wit "For Love of Beer & Mountains" Partner Hike
Barnardsville, NC

August 9
Birding Hike with Simon Thompson of Ventures Birding
Highlands of Roan

August 22 - 24
Healing Our Backs w/ Yoga TM
with Lillah, the Back Whisperer
One Center Yoga, Asheville

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