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 anna@appalachian.org or call 828.253.0095 ext. 205.

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Wildflower Extravaganza/
Bill Popper Memorial Hike

Near Burnsville in Yancey County, NC
Date:
Saturday, April 12

Start Time: 10:00 am
Difficulty: Easy (3-5)
Leaders: Mary Karnis, Blue Ridge Naturalist and Anna Zanetti, SAHC's AmeriCorps PR & Outreach Associate 
Cost: Free for members and $10 for non-members
Dogs: Dogs are allowed
What to Bring: Bring hiking shoes, lunch, water, jacket/rain gear, camera, and warm clothes and a bag for all personal items.

We would like to invite you to join the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy on a private memorial hike to honor and remember our friend Bill Popper and his dedication to preserving the 573-acre property in Yancey County that he loved so much. Hike leaders, Mary Karnis, Blue Ridge Naturalist and Anna Zanetti, AmeriCorps Associate, will guide you along the vast and biologically valuable watershed. The Popper tract has many varieties of wildflowers, and we expect to find May Apple, Blood Root, Lark Spur and much more.

We will start at the entrance of the long gravel road that leads up to the property and hike through a primarily Northern Hardwood Forest ecosystem. Once we get off the gravel road, we will cross into the property and make our way to a nice spot on Price’s Creek for lunch.


Little Hump "For Love of Beer & Mountains" Partnership Hike
Little Hump Mountain in the Highlands of Roan
Date:
Saturday, May 17

Start Time: 10:00 am
Difficulty: Very difficult (9-10)
Leaders: Anna Zanetti, SAHC's AmeriCorps PR & Outreach Associate 
Cost: Free for all participants but pre-registration is required
Dogs: Dogs are welcome
What to Bring: Sturdy hiking shoes, rain gear, water bottle, backpack lunch, appropriate clothing, camera and a pack to carry all of your personal items.

Join the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy, US Fish and Wildlife Service and Highland Brewing Company on our Little Hump “For Love of Beer and Mountains” Partnership Hike. This is a strenuous but rewarding hike to Little Hump Mountain in the Highlands of Roan. We will make our way up along Roaring Creek on the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail until we connect with the Appalachian Trail. From there, we will hike north and gain approximately 1,500 ft of elevation to earn a spectacular view of the surrounding valley. While the hike is short (approximately 5 miles), it will be a very challenging climb from the Roaring Creek Valley to the top of Little Hump.

Early registration for SAHC members: now until April 17

Registration for the general public: opens April 18


Yoga on the Mountain with Kim Drye
Blue Ridge Pastures in Fairview, NC
Date:
Sunday, May 18

Start Time: 10:00 am
Difficulty: Moderate (5-6)
Leaders: Kim Drye from Here Now Yoga and
Michelle Pugliese, SAHC Land protection Director
Cost: Free for members and $10 for non-members
Dogs: Dogs are welcome
What to Bring: Sturdy shoes, blanket, yoga mat, comfortable clothes, water, sunscreen and a pack to carry all personal items.

We will hike to the top of Blue Ridge Pastures, lay down yoga mats, and practice our sun salutations among many other poses. Once at the top of Blue Ridge Pastures we will see Bearwallow Mountain and Hickory Nut Gap Gorge. Hikers and yogis alike will experience true beauty of the surrounding area and learn why conservation is so important in the Fairview Farming Community. You do not need to have any prior yoga experience.


Appalachian Spring — SAHC's 40th Anniversary Celebration!
Highland Brewing Company Tasting Room, Asheville, NC
Date:
Thursday, May 15
Time: 6:00 to 8:00 pm

Appalachian Spring is SAHC’s annual membership and fundraising event. This year we celebrate 40 years of conservation in our community, protecting over 63,000 acres! Because of our dedicated members and community supporters, we can continue protecting the special places we all love. Please join us for an evening of celebration and merriment! Click here for more info.

Purchase your tickets today! (Early Bird prices, purchased before May 1)

Event ticket for SAHC Members: $20 | Non-Member Price: $25

Ticket price includes: Dinner prepared by Nona Mia Ritrovo, 1 drink ticket, music by Firecracker Jazz Band, and fellowship


Land Trust Day
Date: Saturday, June 7

What is Land Trust Day?
A day designated to recognize the work that land trusts contribute toward preserving our vital land and water resources. On Land Trust Day, business partners donate a percentage of the day’s sales to SAHC in support of our conservation work. Why? The natural assets we protect have helped this region become an international destination for hiking, biking, camping, boating, fishing, and hunting. Our work also helps farmers preserve their farmland, so they can continue to produce locally grown food.

We are currently seeking businesses to participate in Land Trust Day 2014.
Click here for more info, or contact Membership Director Cheryl Fowler at Cheryl@appalachian.org or 828.253.0095 ext 209.


Our Community Farm Hike
Near Asheville, NC
Date: Saturday, June
7

In conjunction with Land Trust Day 2014 and to showcase how we help build healthy communities, we are also hosting an open house and guided hike along the new trail at our Community Farm in Alexander, NC. More details TBA - Check back!


June Jamboree hikes
Highlands of Roan
Date:
Saturday, June 14

Join us for SAHC's annual hiking event in our flagship focus area — the stunning Highlands of Roan. We will have outings offered for a variety of interest and skill levels, including a Roll and Stroll in the rhododendron gardens, our Kids in the Creek stream ecology outing, Yoga on the Mountain, the classic Carver's Gap to Grassy Ridge hike with spectacular flowering blooms, and a strenuous climb for the adventurous. Check back — More details TBA.

For questions, directions and registration for hikes, contact
Anna Zanetti,
anna@appalachian.org 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

Saturday, April 12
Wildflower Extravaganza/
Bill Popper Memorial Hike
Near Burnsville, NC

Thursday, May 15
Appalachian Spring
40th Anniversary Celebration!
Highland Brewing Company

Saturday, May 17
"For Love of Beer & Mountains" Little Hump Partnership Hike
Highlands of Roan

Sunday, May 18
Yoga on the Mountain
Fairview Farming Community

Saturday, June 7
Land Trust Day

Saturday, June 14
June Jamboree

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