Location: Rocky Fork State Park, TN
Date: Sunday, May 7
Start Time: 10 AM; Carpool info TBA
Difficulty: Strenuous (8-9)
Leader: John Beaudet, local naturalist and AT thru-hiker
Cost: FREE for all participants
Registration: Pre-registration is REQUIRED.
In this conservation focus area, we will learn about SAHC’s work in the landscape surrounding the Appalachian Trail (AT) between Hot Springs, NC and Watauga Lake in TN.
We will hike along the Flint Creek Trail past a battle site and old fish hatchery to meet up with the AT. The trail is beautiful with the creek running beside it most of the way. We will be joined by John Beaudet, a local who is familiar with the Rocky Fork area and will recount the story of the “Battle of Flint Creek,” the 1789 militia attack led by John Sevier against the Cherokee.
May is also a great time for wildflowers, and John, a self-described naturalist, will help us identify wildflowers and other plants along the way for those who are interested. Once on the AT, we will continue on the trail for about 2.5 miles to Devil Fork Gap, where we will carpool back to the start.
Presented as part of our Focus Area Feature Hike Series. Have you ever wanted to learn more about SAHC’s land protection work, particularly our conservation focus area priorities? This year we are offering a series of six Focus Area Feature Hikes, each highlighting one of the six distinctive greographic regions where we work. Over the past 43 years, our members and donors have protected over 70,000 acres across ten counties in NC and TN. Join us in learning about these successful projects and find out what makes each of our six Focus Areas unique.
This hike registration is now FULL. For questions, or to be added to the waitlist, contact hike coordinator Haley Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org or 828.253.0095 ext 205.
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