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 Haley Smith at or call 828.253.0095 ext. 205.

devilsbritches hike"For Love of Beer & Mountains" Devil's Britches Hike
Cataloochee Ranch, NC
Date: Saturday, February 13
Time: 10 am
Difficulty: Moderate (5-6)
Leader: Haley Smith, SAHC AmeriCorps Conservation Education & Volunteer Associate
Cost: This hike is FREE for everyone but you must register in advance.

Join us for SAHC and Highland Brewing's first partnership hike of 2016! The Devil's Britches hike takes place at the beautiful Cataloochee Ranch, and is the inspiration for the naming of Highland’s latest seasonal. We will travel up to Hemphill Bald to 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 Devil's Britches IPA 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.

To register, contact Haley Smith at or by calling 828-253-0095 ext. 205.

BrotherWolfhikeHike with Brother Wolf Animal Rescue
Laurel Ridge, near Black Mountain, NC
Date: Monday, February 15
Time: 10 am
Difficulty: Strenuous (8-9)
Leader: Haley Smith, SAHC AmeriCorps Conservation Education & Volunteer Associate
Cost: This hike is FREE for everyone but registration is required.

Join SAHC and Brother Wolf for a 5-mile hike within the protected forests of the Laurel Ridge Community. We will ascend through Southern and Central Appalachian Oak Forests and Cove Forests, crossing by some lovely streams, small waterfalls and rock formations.

On the day of the hike, hikers will choose a dog from the Brother Wolf adoption center and take them along for a walk in the woods. This opportunity allows the dogs to get outside and stretch their legs and will give them a day full of the love and attention they deserve!

SAHC members can register for this hike now; open registration begins January 25.

To register, contact Haley Smith at or by calling 828-253-0095 ext. 205.

wildhogFeral Hogs in the Roan Highlands — Impacts, Ecology, and Eradication Efforts
Kingsport Renaissance Center, Room #228
1200 East Center Street Kingsport, TN 37660
Date: Wednesday, March 9
Time: 12 noon to 1:30 pm

Join us as Marquette Crockett, SAHC Roan Stewardship Director covers the history, basic biology, and environmental impacts of invasive feral hogs at the regional and local level. Joined by Scott Dykes of the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, she will also discuss how SAHC, along with our state and federal partners, are using a large-scale, multi-agency approach to eradicate this destructive species from the Highlands of Roan.

This educational program is free and open to the public. Reservations are encouraged. Please respond to Pauline at or 828.253.0095 ext. 216 if you plan to attend. Bringing your lunch is encouraged. 

Cheers for Charity
Foggy Mountain Brewpub, Asheville, NC
Date: Thursday, March 31

Time: 7 pm

Vote for SAHC at this fun fundraiser for local environmental charities!

Appalachian Spring Membership Celebration
Highland Brewing Company, Asheville, NC
Date: Thursday, May 19

Time: 6 - 8 pm

Details TBA

Live at Aloft
Aloft, Asheville, NC
Date: Sunday, May 29

Time: 4 - 8 pm

Swing by Air Level on Sunday, May 29 (Memorial Day weekend) for the "Live at Aloft Hotels" music moment.  Enjoy live music, signature sips, and snacks while taking in spectacular Asheville mountain views. Live at Aloft performances feature local musicians and benefit Asheville area charitable organizations. Enjoy music and a stunning setting for just a $5 donation at the door, and 100% of those proceeds will go to SAHC to fund our conservation programs!

Land Trust Day
Date: Saturday, June 4

Time: All Day

Details TBA

June Jamboree
Highlands of Roan
Date: Saturday, June 11

Time: All Day

Details TBA

Gray's Lily Leadership Circle Event
SAHC Community Farm, Alexander, NC
Date: Sunday, October 2
Time: 2 - 6 pm

Details TBA

For questions, directions and registration for hikes or events, contact
Haley Smith, or 828-253-0095 ex. 205.

Hike Key Note: Hikes are 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 putting 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 Hike
Cataloochee Ranch
Saturday, February 13

Hike with Brother Wolf
Near Black Mountain, NC
Monday, February 15

Educational Program:
Feral Hogs in the Roan

Kingsport Rennaissance Center
Wednesday, March 9

Cheers for Charity
Foggy Mountain Brewpub
Thursday, March 29

Appalachian Spring Membership Celebration
Highland Brewing Company
Thursday, May 19

Live at Aloft
Aloft Hotel, Asheville, NC
Sunday, May 29

Land Trust Day/
National Trails Day

Saturday, June 4

June Jamboree
Highlands of Roan
Saturday, June 11

Gray's Lily Leadership Circle Reception
SAHC Community Farm
Sunday, October 2

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