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January 2019

Wolf Moon Night Hike

January 21 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Date:  Monday, January 21st Time:  5-8 pm Difficulty:  Easy (3) Cost: Free for members, $10 for non-members Join SAHC for a Full Wolf Moon night hike on the SAHC protected Flatwoods Pasture property! This roughly 0.75 miles to the high-elevation pastures with beautiful, western-facing views from which we can enjoy the sunset. Participants are welcome to bring food and beverages to enjoy an evening picnic – we will have about an hour between sunset and moonrise, during which time we will discuss our land…

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Cold Mountain Hike

January 26 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Date:  Saturday, January 26th Time:  Starting at 9:00 am Difficulty:  Strenuous (10+) Cost: FREE for all participants, but pre-registration is required Group Size: This hike is limited to 9 participants due to wilderness regulations. Claim your spot early! Join SAHC for a venture into the Shining Rock Wilderness Area to summit Cold Mountain! This peak was made famous by Charles Frazier's novel and Highland Brewing's beer of the same name. Participants will travel up 2,800 feet over 11 miles across streams, rhododendron and hardwood forests…

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February 2019

Hemphill Bald Hike

February 9 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Date:  Saturday, February 9th Time:  10 am – 3 pm Difficulty:  Strenuous (8 on a scale of 10) — 5 miles Cost: Free but registration required Join the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy on a hike to the breathtaking heights of Hemphill Bald in Cataloochee Ranch. Hemphill Bald, directly adjacent to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, was the first tract of land to be conserved by SAHC in the Cataloochee area in 1993. Translated from Cherokee into English, the word "Cataloochee" means…

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May 2019

Wildflower Hike at Laurel Ridge

May 1 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Date: Wednesday, May 1st Time: 11:00 am - 2:00 pm Where: Laurel Ridge Difficulty: Moderate (5)— 3.2 mile hike with some steep terrain Cost: FREE for members, $10 for non-members Join the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy on a springtime wildflower stroll through our 552-acre Laurel Ridge conservation easement. Participants will be led through dense Southern Appalachian Oak Forests and Cove Forests over lovely streams, and rock formations along old, healed logging roads. As we meander through this wilderness we will keep our…

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¡Caminata Polinizadora!

May 15 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Fecha: Miércoles, Mayo 15 Tiempo: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm Donde: Granja Comunitaria de SAHC Dificultad: Moderoda — 2 millas de ida y vuelta, 145′ ganancia de elevación Costo: GRATIS Está cordialmente invitado a la caminata polinizadora! organizada por la Organización de la Conservación del Sur de Appalachia (Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy o SAHC) y el Dr. Gerardo Arceo-Gomez de ETSU. Esta caminata educativa se llevara acabo en nuestra Granja Comunitaria de 135-hectareas que proporciona un modelo conjunto de sustentabilidad…

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Flower Moon Night Hike

May 18 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Date: Saturday, May 18th Time: 7 - 10pm Difficulty:  Moderate (7 on a scale of 10) — 6.0 miles roundtrip, elevation gain: 800′ Terrain: Dirt path (few rocks/roots), steep sections Cost: FREE for members, $10 for non-members Join the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy and Wicked Weed Brewing at Little Sandy Mush Bald for a chance to see May's Full Flower Moon. Little Sandy Mush Bald sits atop at 241-acre conservation easement in Madison County. This site is also home to carpets of…

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Beginner Mountain Bike Ride

May 19 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Date: Sunday, May 19 Time: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm Where: DuPont State Forest Difficulty: Moderate (5) — 6.3 mile loop, 697′ of ascent, avg. 4% grade Cost: FREE for all participants Join the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy and special guest Rebeca Bermudez, who will be leading our first Mountain Biking trip of the season. This ride will begin at Lake Imaging in DuPont State Forest and conclude via Ridgeline, one of the country's fastest, flowiest, and easiest downhill trails.  The…

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June 2019

Upper Catawba Falls Wanderlush Hike

June 2 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Date: Sunday, June 2 Time: 10 am – 2 pm Difficulty:  Moderate (7 on a scale of 10) — 5.0 miles roundtrip, elevation gain: 650′ Terrain: Dirt path (few rocks/roots), steep sections, 18 stream crossings Cost: FREE for members, $10 for non-members Join the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy and Highland Brewing Company for a moderately difficult hike to Upper Catawba Falls. The Catawba River flows for approximately 220 miles, beginning in the Southern Appalachians until it drains in the South Carolina Piedmont.…

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June Jamboree 2019

June 15
Highlands of Roan

The Social Time:  1-4 pm After your adventure on your Jamboree outing be sure to stop by our afternoon social where friends and family can gather and share hike experiences while learning about SAHC’s recent accomplishments, including land protection and stewardship news. Drinks and light refreshments will be provided. This years social will be at our Big Rock Creek Preserve.  The Big Rock Creek property, formerly the home of Trailridge summer camp, contains 127 acres of unique high elevation habitat…

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July 2019

Black Mountain Crest Trail Hike with Wicked Weed

July 20 @ 9:00 am - July 21 @ 3:00 pm

Date: Saturday-Sunday, July 20-21 Time: 9:00 am Saturday - 3 pm Sunday Where: Black Mountain Crest Trail Difficulty: Strenuous (10+) — 12.4 miles, 5,390' Cost: FREE for all participants Join the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy and Wicked Weed Brewing for an incredible hike and camping trip along the Black Mountain Crest Trail. Often described as walking from Carolina to Canada, hikers will travel through Appalachian Cove, Northern Hardwood, and Spruce-Fir forests on their way up to the tallest ridge line trail in…

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