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.


Cold Mountain Hike
Shining Rock Wilderness Area
Date: December 6
Time: 9:00 am

Difficulty: Strenuous (10+)
Leader: Kana Miller, AmeriCorps PR and Outreach Associate
Cost: FREE for all, but pre-registration is required
What to Bring: WARM clothing – layers, layers, layers! Water, lunch and snacks, camera, headlamp or flashlight, sturdy hiking shoes (preferably water-proof), raincoat, trekking poles (if you have them), and a pack to carry all personal items

Join us for a venture into the Shining Rock Wilderness Area to summit the famous Cold Mountain, made popular by both Charles Frazier and Highland Brewing Company! 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. For more info or to join the hike, contact Kana Miller at or call 828.253.0095 ext. 205.

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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Cold Mountain Hike
Shining Rock Wilderness Area
December 6

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