Date: Wednesday, April 25
Location: Sandy Mush Farming Community
Cost: This hike is free for SAHC members and Earth Month Volunteers, $10 for non-members/non-volunteers.
This outing is part of WNC for the Planet, A group of environmental nonprofits working together to better our Appalachian region. To celebrate Earth Month there will be an optional hour of fun volunteer work pulling garlic mustard on this outing. If you decide to stay and volunteer there will be no cost to the hike!
This hike will take place in the Sandy Mush Farming Community, where SAHC has helped protect over 10,000 acres of land! The Pardues have been enjoying the birds and wildflowers on this property since the 1970s. The main attractions will be the spring wildflowers such as bloodroot, hepatica and spring beauty, and birds such as Blue-headed Vireo and Ovenbird. The hike will be at elevations of 3,400 to 4,000 feet, providing beautiful vistas. Hikers will walk about 4 miles through woodlands and along primitive trails, with some bushwhacking and occasional steep slopes.
This hike is part of the Wildflower Wednesday Hike Series, showcasing the incredible biodiversity in our region. The hikes will be on the last Wednesday of the month in March, April, May, and June. The Wildflower Wednesday Hikes will have representative from the Western North Carolina Botanical Club with us to help identify and learn about the flowers.