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 Cheryl Fowler at or call 828.253.0095 ext. 205.

highland brewing"For Love of Beer & Mountains" Devils Britches Release Party
Highland Brewing Company
Date: Friday, December 4
Time: 4 - 9 pm

Please join us for the Devil's Britches IPA release party, and celebrate the "Love of Beer and Mountains!" Highland Brewing Company will donate a percentage of pint sales from the evening to the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy to support our local land and water conservation.

This a family-friendly event, free and open to the public, with live music beginning at 7:00 pm.

Like HBC's other seasonals, Devil's Britches is named for a feature of the Southern Appalachian landscape — the Devil's Britches Trail at Cataloochee Ranch on the edge of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, where SAHC completed our first conservation easement project in the early 1990s.

As part of our "For Love of Beer & Mountains" Partnership, along with each release party, Highland Brewing teams up with SAHC on a guided hike in the area each seasonal was named after. Some proceeds of beer sales go to SAHC to support our efforts in helping protect the incredible natural and historic treasures found right in our own backyard.

Stop by Friday night to find out more information on how you can help protect the world's oldest mountains while enjoying a Devil's Britches and listening to great music in the tasting room!

A Handcrafted Christmas
Addison Farms Vineyard, Leicester, NC
Date: Saturday, December 5
Time: noon to 5 pm
Cost: Free

Join us at Addison Farms for a local holiday tradition of handcrafted artisan crafts, food and wine. For their 3rd annual "A Handcrafted Christmas", they will feature more than ten local vendors with their handmade goodies, selections will include jewelry, wreaths, art and chocolates.

In the spirit of giving back to the community, Addison Farms Vineyard will offer a complimentary wine tasting with every $10 donation at the door to SAHC, and they will match up to $500 in donations!

We are grateful to Addison Farms for this support, and for helping raise awareness of our conservation work in Sandy Mush, partnering with many families in the area to preserve their family farms and the scenic mountains.

“As a fourth-generation family farm, we know the value of continuing the family tradition of farming,” shares Jeff Frisbee, owner of Addison Farms Vineyard, “and we want to support the efforts of SAHC and our community in helping to conserve our beautiful, rural farming community of Sandy Mush.”

A Handcrafted Christmas has it all: local, handmade crafts, food and wine for your enjoyment and gift giving, donations going to help conserve family farms and a visit to one of our neighbors’ Sandy Mush Tree farms for your perfect Christmas tree.

Leah Baker - Luminosa Lighting
Kevin Duckett - Leather Tooling
Pat Genitilella - Jewelry
Frank Genitilella - Fine Art
Deanna Lynch - Fiber Art
Mindy + Amy - Herbals / Wreaths
Wesley Angel - Newfound Forge
Cheryl Robinson - Baked Goods
Olga Dorenko - Fine Art / Scarves
The Chocolate Lab - Chocolate Truffles

cold mountainCold Mountain Challenge Hike
Shining Rock Wilderness, NC
Date: Sunday, December 6
Time: 9 am
Difficulty: Strenuous
Leader: Haley Smith, SAHC AmeriCorps Conservation Education & Volunteer Associate
Cost: Free for all participants, but pre-registration is required.

Join SAHC for a challenging adventure in the Shining Rock Wilderness Area to summit the famous Cold Mountain, made popular by Charles Frazier. Enjoy stunning views, including 815 acres protected by SAHC on Cold Mountain and in the Shining Rock area.

This strenuous 11-mile hike along the Art Loeb and Cold Mountain Trails will climb approximately 2,800 feet to reach the summit (6,030 ft. elevation). The Art Loeb trail switchbacks north around a ridgeline, crossing several small streams and follows the contours up to Deep Gap where the climb to Cold Mountain begins.

This hike will not be for the faint of heart; a challenging, long day with snowy winter weather is to be expected but rewarding – Cold Mountain was named for a reason! High elevation and winter hiking experience is necessary, this hike is not for beginners.

SAHC members can register for this hike now; open registration begins November 9th.

For questions, directions and registration for hikes or events, contact
Haley Smith, 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).

Upcoming events

"For Love of Beer & Mountains" Devils Britches Release Party
Highland Brewing Company
Friday, December 4

A Handcrafted Christmas
Addison Farms Vineyard
Saturday, December 5

Cold Mountain Challenge Hike
Shining Rock Wilderness, NC
Saturday, December 6

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