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.


Agricultural Equipment Demo
Our Community Farm in Alexander, NC
Date: October 1
Time: 3:00 - 6:00 pm

SAHC will host a demonstration session at our Community Farm featuring equipment available for rent from the Buncombe County Soil & Water District and Buncombe Cooperative Extension Service. Accessible for local farmers at a minimal cost, this equipment can result in higher farm profits by increasing efficiency and land productivity.

Demo equipment will include: a GrassWorks Weed Wiper, which can be towed behind a tractor or all-terrain vehicle to ‘wipe’ herbicides selectively across pastures and hay fields without damaging the grass; a ShaverPost Driver to install fencing at lower costs; a Raised Bed Mulch Layer, designed to make a raised bed, lay plastic mulch, and drip irrigation in one pass; and a Water Wheel Transplanter, which can plant bare roots, pots or plugs and can carry up to 25 trays.

This event is free & open to the public, but registration is required. Please RSVP to the Buncombe County Cooperative Extension office by contacting Meghan Baker,, or Ethan Henderson,

Everybody's Environment: Voices for Community & Conservation
Dr. Wesley Grant Southside Recreation Center, 285 Livingston Street, Asheville, NC
Date: October 10
Time: 8:30 am - 4:00 pm

On Friday, October 10, a group of local environmental and community organizations will host a special festival/workshop in Asheville, NC entitled "Everybody's Environment: Voices for Community and Conservation." SAHC is a sponsoring organization for this event.

The purpose of the event is to create awareness, build relationships, and foster diversity, equity and inclusion in regional environmental organizations. Planning for the event and workshop grew out of the recognition that the future of conservation depends on maintaining our relevancy to an increasingly more diverse audience.

There will be a full day of panel discussions/break-out sessions/community garden field trips, tailored for staff and board members of environmental organizations as well as community members interested in the environment and the issues of equity and inclusion.

The registration for the conference is limited to 100 people. Networking and registration at the conference begins at 8:30 with the formal session beginning at 9:00am. Registration fee for board and staff members of environmental and conservation organizations – $50 – payable at the door by check or cash. No charge for community individuals (lunch included).

For registration or more info, visit http:// everybodysenvironment/

"For Love of Beer & Mountains" Thunderstruck/Blackrock Mountain Hike
Off the Blue Ridge Parkway, near the Plott Balsam Overlook (milepost 458.0)
Date: October 11
Time: 10:00 am

Difficulty: Moderately Strenuous

Enjoy views of Thunderstruck Ridge, for which Highland’s Thunderstruck Coffee Porter is named, and Blackrock Mountain, which SAHC protected in 2013. We will travel over 5 miles of rugged terrain, through red spruce and fraser firs, red oak forest, and other high elevation trees while occasionally stopping at rock outcroppings for views of Thunderstruck Ridge. The group will hike through the 1,595-acre Plott Balsam Preserve and eventually reach Blackrock Ridge at a towering 5,600 feet of elevation.

This hike is free for all participants, but pre-registration is required. For more info or to register, contact Kana Miller at 828.253.0095 ext 205 or Directions and additional details will be provided after registration.

We are pleased to offer this hike as part of our "For Love of Beer & Mountains" partnership with Highland Brewing Company and US Fish & Wildlife Service.

Sandy Mush Cycle to Farm, by Velo Girl Rides
Sandy Mush Farming Community
Date: October 11

It's almost harvest time again —And, time for the second annual Sandy Mush Cycle to Farm! SAHC is sponsoring the safety stop at the Reeves Homeplace, where we are currently working on a new farmland conservation easement. Riders will pass pass through the scenic Sandy Mush landscape (enjoying views of 6,000 acres protected by SAHC).

As with all Cycle to Farm events, the Sandy Mush location provides participants with a tour of local farms by bicycle, stunning scenery of this beautiful area, tasty food samples crafted by the farms, and products for sale at every farm (including at the Finish, Addison Farms Vineyard).   And, of course, the Fabulous After Party.

In addition to the farm stops, this is a fully supported ride with bike mechanic support at the start, support and gear vehicles on the course, event ambassadors to ride along and keep you on course, Fire/EMS personnel on the course, and a well-marked route. Click here for the full event schedule, including packet pickup.

There are two Routes to choose from:

“Doggett Challenge” – Approx. 70 miles through beautiful country on (mostly) low-traffic roads

“Metric Century” - Approx. 56 miles through beautiful country on (mostly) low-traffic roads

 NOTE Registration for this event will close when all 200 spots are sold or at midnight on October 1, 2014, whichever comes first. For more info or to register, visit:

Call for Volunteers: As a Sponsor, SAHC is helping to recruit volunteers for the Sandy Mush Cycle to Farm. Click here to sign up for a position at our safety stop, or contact to let us know you're volunteering on behalf of SAHC.

Yoga on the Mountain
Blue Ridge Pastures, in the Fairview Farming Community
Date: October 18
Time: 10:00 am

Difficulty: Moderately Strenuous

Led by Kim Drye of Here Now Yoga, we will hike to the top of Blue Ridge Pastures, lay down yoga mats, and practice our sun salutations (among many other poses) while enjoying views of Bearwallow Mountain and Hickory Nut Gap Gorge. You don’t need to have any prior yoga experience — but please bring sturdy shoes for hiking, a blanket, yoga mat, comfortable clothes for yoga, water, sunscreen, and a pack to carry all personal items.

This hike is free for members or $10 for non-members. For more info or to register, contact Kana Miller at 828.253.0095 ext 205 or Directions and additional details will be provided after registration.

Snowball Mountain Hike
Off the Blue Ridge Parkway, near Craggy Gardens
Date: October 25
Time: 10:00 am

Difficulty: Moderately Strenuous

This moderate 3-mile hike will climb along a high elevation ridgeline with remarkable views. We will start out on the Mountains-to-Sea Trail and split off to climb Snowball Mountain. Continuing north to Hawkbill Rock, we will enjoy spectacular views of the Snowball Mountain tract and Woodfin Watershed — both SAHC-protected landmarks. Hikers should be prepared for a short trip, but steep elevation changes along the way. Learn about our conservation work in this spectacular area of the Black Mountain range.

This hike is free for all participants, but pre-registration is required. For more info or to register, contact Kana Miller at 828.253.0095 ext 205 or Directions and additional details will be provided after registration.

For questions, directions and registration for hikes or events, contact
Kana Miller,
kana@appalachian.orgor 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

Equipment Demo

Our Community Farm
October 1

Everybody's Environment: Voices for Conservation
and Commuity

Dr. Wesley Grant Southside Recreation Center, Asheville
October 10

"For Love of Beer & Mtns"
Thunderstruck Hike

Off the Blue Ridge Parkway
October 11

Sandy Mush
Cycle to Farm

by Velo Girl Rides
October 11

Yoga on the Mountain
Fairview Farming Community
October 18

Snowball Mtn Hike
Near Craggy Gardens
October 25

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