Date: Saturday, October 20
Time: Starting at 10:00 am
Where: Cherry Cove Overlook off the Blue Ridge Parkway
Difficulty: Moderate (4-5) — 3.5-mile hike with rugged terrain
Cost: FREE for all participants
Join the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy for a moderate hike along a migratory pathway for Monarch Butterflies on the Blue Ridge Parkway. The hike is a 3.5 mile out-and-back that begins at Cherry Cove Overlook (mile marker 415.7) and ends at Skinny Dip Falls before turning back.
Around late September through mid-October Monarch Butterflies leave their northern climes for sunny Winter real-estate in Michoacan, Mexico. The Appalachian Mountains are one of the primary pathways for southbound Monarchs. SAHC’s conservation work in the Southern Appalachians protects high elevation habitat and critical food sources for weary, traveling Monarchs. The group will hike through an area of historically high Monarch concentration and enjoy the first colors of Fall stopping for lunch at the beautiful Skinny Dip Falls. So come out and let’s celebrate the Monarchs and the changing of the seasons together.
This hike is FREE, for everyone but requires online registration below!
Hike difficulty ratings are based on this formula: (0.002 x elevation gain (ft.)) + round trip distance (mi.) = difficulty rating (1 – 10+)
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