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 Kana Miller at or call 828.253.0095 ext. 205.


"For Love of Beer & Mountains"
Devils Britches Hike
Cataloochee Ranch, on the edge of Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Date: February 28
Time: 10 am
Difficulty: Moderate (5-6)
Leaders: Kana Miller, AmeriCorps PR and Outreach Associate and Drew Stevenson, Highland Brewing Representative
What to Bring: Sturdy hiking boots, warm clothes, rain gear, water, lunch, camera, and a bag to carry all personal items.
Cost: FREE for everyone, but preregistration is required. Please RSVP to Kana Miller at or by calling 828.253.0095 ext. 205

Come out and join SAHC, Highland Brewing Company and US Fish and Wildlife for our first "For Love of Beer and Mountains" partnership hike of the new year — along Devil's Britches trail at beautiful Cataloochee Ranch, right at the edge of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and for which Highland’s latest seasonal is named. We will be traveling up to Hemphill Bald where hikers will enjoy fine vistas of the Plott Balsam Range, Soco Gap and much more. Lunch will be at the top of Hemphill Bald. So come out and let’s celebrate our "Love of Beer and Mountains" and land conservation together!

This moderate 5-mile roundtrip hike with an elevation change of 900 feet begins on a road used for hiking and horseback riding. Expect to see mountain streams and lovely cove hardwood forest mixed at times with hemlock stands and the ever present rhododendron and mountain laurel. At the top of the ridge the woods are replaced by open high altitude pastureland and there is the chance for superb views of four counties and a number of mountain tops including Cold Mountain, Crabtree Bald, Mt. Pisgah and many others. The only difficult part of the hike is the last climb to the top. At the top is a stone table, moved there by Tom Alexander, Jr. and placed in memory of his parents, Tom and Judy Alexander, founders of Cataloochee Ranch.

This event is part of the "For Love of Beer & Mountains" Partnership of SAHC, Highland Brewing Company and US Fish & Wildlife Service, to supportconservation efforts and heighten awareness of the unique peaks, natural features, and native species which make our area so special. The "For Love of Beer and Mountains" Partnership activities occur throughout the year, centering around each of HBC's seasonal releases. Each HBC seasonal brew is named for a feature of the Southern Appalachian landscape.

Haw Creek Sunset Hike
Haw Creek, just outside Asheville, NC
Date: March 12
Time: 5:15 pm
Difficulty: Moderate (5-6)
Leaders: Kana Miller, AmeriCorps Conservation Education & Volunteer Associate
What to Bring: Sturdy hiking shoes, warm layers, rain gear, water bottle, pre-dinner snacks, camera, flashlight/headlamp, and a pack to carry all personal items.
Cost: FREE for everyone, but pre-registration is required

Join SAHC for a quick evening hike to celebrate later sunsets and the arrival of spring! This 3.5-mile hike begins in the Haw Creek Community on the Masters Park Trail and switchbacks through a forest full of pine, poplar, and oak trees. The hike continues along the Blue Ridge Parkway and connects to the Mountains-to-Sea Trail. After 1.5 miles, the group will stop at a large rock outcrop, above the parkway. From here the group will sit back, enjoy snacks, and watch the sun set over the surrounding mountains and Haw Creek Community. Bring a light source for the return hike, which should wrap up around 8 pm.

The Masters Park trailhead is about 15 minutes from downtown Asheville, so join us for the perfect end to your workday, while learning about a property SAHC helped to protect.

Behind the Scene with Land Protection Hike
Maney Fields, Barnardsville, NC
Date: March 28
Time: 10 am
Difficulty: Moderate (5-6)
Leaders: Caitlin Edenfield & Kana Miller, AmeriCorps Land Protection/PR & Outreach Associates
What to Bring: Sturdy hiking boots, warm clothes, rain gear, water, lunch, camera, and a bag to carry all personal items.
Cost: FREE for SAHC members/$10 for non-members

Join SAHC for a unique, behind the scenes experience led by AmeriCorps Land Protection Associate, Caitlin Edenfield. With Caitlin’s guidance, learn how SAHC evaluates properties as priorities for conservation. As we make our through Maney Fields, you’ll receive the inside view into our project selection criteria and particularly, what makes Maney Fields so special. From the summit, a spectacular 360º vista offers views onto our six focus areas including, Barnardsville, Frosty Knob, Reems Creek, Sugar Creek, Rocky Face, Big Butte, Sandy Mush Bald, Roan Mountain, Craggy Dome, and Craggy Peak. It is also located near SAHC’s Razor Mountain (for which Highland Brewing Company’s summer seasonal, Razor Wit was named) and close to Navitat Canopy Adventures, which is a conservation priority. If you’ve ever wondered who SAHC is, or what kind of work we do, then this is the hike for you. 

Yoga on the Moutain
Blue Ridge Pastures, Fairview NC
Date: April 12
Time: 11 am
Difficulty: Moderate (5-6)
Leader: Kim Drye, of Here Now Yoga e
What to Bring: Sturdy hiking shoes, blanket, yoga mat, comfortable clothes, warm layers, water, sunscreen, and a pack to carry all personal items.
Cost: FREE for SAHC members, or $10 for non-members

Join us for an invigorating "Yoga on the Mountain" session with Kim Drye of Here Now Yoga!

We will hike to the top of Blue Ridge Pastures, lay down yoga mat, and practice our sun salutations, among many other poses. From the top of Blue Ridge Pastures, hikers and yogis alike will experience the beauty of their surroundings and the invigorating calm brought on by practicing yoga. We will see Bearwallow Mountain and Hickory Nut Gap Gorge and learn why conservation is so important in the Fairview Farming Community.

You don't need to have any prior yoga experience—but please bring your own blanket and yoga mat and sturdy shoes for the hike. For more infor or to register, contact Kana Miller at or 828.253.0095 ext. 205. Directions and additional details will be provided after registration.

Appalachian Spring
Farmhouse Gallery in Unicoi, TN
Date: May 21, 2015
Time: 6 to 8 pm

Join us in celebrating another successful year of conservation with our annual event for members and guests. Ticket information and more details To Be Announced. Go ahead and save the date, and be sure to check back for updates!

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!!

June Jamboree
Highlands of Roan
Date: June 20, 2015

Mark your calendar for our annual day of guided hikes in the Highlands of Roan, celebrating SAHC's flagship focus area and the unique, globally important mountain ecosystems which launched our conservation work. We will have a variety of outings for many skill levels and interests, free for all participants. More details To Be Announced.

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

"For Love of Beer & Mountains"
Devils Britches Hike

Cataloochee Ranch
Saturday, February 28

Haw Creek Sunset Hike
Haw Creek, near Asheville, NC
Thursday, March 12

Behind the Scenes with Land Protection Hike
Maney Fields, Barnardsville NC
Saturday, March 28

Yoga on the Mountain
with Kim Drye, Here Now Yoga
Blue Ridge Pastures, Fairview
Sunday, April 12

Appalachian Spring Membership Celebration
Farmhouse Gallery in Unicoi, TN
Thursday, May 21

Land Trust Day
Saturday, June 6

June Jamboree
Saturday, June 20

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