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September 2018

LGBTQ+ & Allies Hike to Laurel Falls

September 9 @ 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Laurel Falls in Hampton, TN

When: Sunday, September 9 from 1 - 6 pm Where: Laurel Falls near Hampton, TN (depart from and return to Johnson City, TN) Join fellow LGBTQ+ hikers and friends for an afternoon hike to one of east Tennessee’s most popular hiking destinations – beautiful Laurel Falls near Hampton TN. This powerful 60’ waterfall is considered by many to be the most spectacular in af east Tennessee. Our hike will take us on the Appalachian Trail along Laurel Fork Creek passing…

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Clawhammer Hike 2018

September 22 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Clawhammer Mtn near Brevard, NC

Date: Saturday, September 22 Time: Starting at 10:00 am Where: Pisgah National Forest near Brevard, NC Difficulty: Very Strenuous (10+) — 10+ mile hike with significant elevation change Cost: FREE for all participants This hike to Clawhammer Mountain, namesake of Highland Brewing Company’s seasonal Clawhammer Oktoberfest Lager, will be a long and strenuous 10+ mile trip along multi-use trails that traverse mountain bike, equestrian, and hiking trails as well as forest service roads. We will follow the trails up a…

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October 2018

2018 Stargazing at Grassland Observatory

October 5 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

** THIS EVENT REGISTRATION IS FULL ** To placed on a waiting list, you can contact Pauline at pauline@appalachian.org. Date: Friday, October 5 Time: 6:00-10:00pm Location: Grassland Mountain Observatory, Walnut, NC Cost:  This event is free for SAHC members $10 for non-members. Pre-registration is required. Join us for an evening of stargazing!  By protecting land from development, SAHC helps reduce light pollution to keep the night sky vibrant.  In Madison County we have helped protect over 3,500 acres of land, contributing to the preservation of dark…

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2018 “For Love of Beer & Mountains” Thunderstruck Hike

October 13 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Date: Saturday, October 13 Time: Starting at 10:00 am Where: Plott Balsam Mountains off the Blue Ridge Parkway Difficulty: Moderately Strenuous (7-8) — 6-mile hike with rugged terrain Cost: FREE for all participants Join the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy and Highland Brewing Company for a moderately difficult hike to enjoy views of Thunderstruck Ridge, for which Highland’s latest seasonal is named. Participants will travel over 5 miles of rugged terrain, through red spruce and fraser firs, red oak forest, and…

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Breakfast with the Birds – Fall 2018

October 18 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Owen Park, 875 Warren Wilson Road
Swannanoa, NC 28778 United States
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When: Thursday, October 18 9 am - 11 am Where: Owen Park, Swannanoa Join us in partnership with members of the Elisha Mitchell Audubon Society for a beginner birding walk in Swannanoa's Owen Park! Fall is upon us and all variety of birds are passing through Western North Carolina on their way South for the Winter. Our Breakfast With The Birds walk is an introductory level bird outing where participants will learn how to use binoculars as well as techniques to identify birds.  The outing will…

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Monarch Migration & Waterfall Hike 2018

October 20 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Cherry Cove Overlook NC United States

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…

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November 2018

Outdoor Photography on Snowball Mountain Hike 2018

November 3 @ 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Date: Saturday, November 3rd Time: Starting at 4:00 pm Where: Snowball Mountain off the Blue Ridge Parkway Difficulty: Moderately Strenuous (7-8) — 3-mile hike with steep terrain Cost: FREE for all participants; pre-registration is required Join Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy for a hike to Snowball Mountain. We will be joined by professional photographer Travis Bordley  whose work has been featured in the Appalachian Trail Conservancy's photo exhibition on Capitol Hill. Travis will give participants tips and tricks to get the most out of outdoor photography. The…

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Montreat Wilderness Hike 2018

November 10 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Date: Saturday, November 10th Time: Starting at 9:00 am Where: Montreat Wilderness Difficulty: Extremely strenuous (13) — 8.5-mile hike with steep terrain Cost: FREE for SAHC Members; $10 for non-members Join Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy for an adventurous hike around the outer rim of the Montreat Wilderness. This hike is to celebrate SAHC's recent acquisition of one of the Seven Sisters of the Montreat Wilderness, Brushy Knob. Brushy Knob, also known as "Big Piney," is the third Sister in the chain of summits straddling the Asheville…

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Brother Wolf Hike at Laurel Ridge 2018

November 16 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Date: Friday, Nov 16th Time: Starting at 10:00 am Where: Laurel Ridge Difficulty: Moderate (5)— 4.5-mile hike with some steep terrain Cost: FREE Join the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy and Brother Wolf for a chance to walk a shelter dog on our beautiful, conserved property in Laurel Ridge.  Through this collaboration between Brother Wolf's Outward Hound program and SAHC's Outings program hikers will be matched up with a canine hiking companion. We will stroll through our serene 87-acre Laurel Ridge expanse in dense forest along old,…

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December 2018

Fairview Hemlock Restoration Hike

December 15 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Date:  Saturday, December 15 Time:  Starting at 9:00 am Difficulty:  Moderate (6) Cost: FREE for all participants, but pre-registration is required Join SAHC and the Hemlock Restoration Initiative (HRI) on a hike to explore some beautiful stands of Carolina and Eastern Hemlocks in the Fairview Farming Community, where SAHC has helped protect over 1,300 acres of forest and historic farmland. We will learn about Hemlock ecosystems, the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid, and current options and efforts to control the Adelgid. We will hike up Conserving…

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