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May 2018

2018 Rocky Fork Hike

May 26 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Free

Date: Saturday, May 26 Time: 2:00 pm Location: Rocky Fork State Park Difficulty: 6-7 Moderately Strenuous Cost: Free! Come join SAHC and the Rocky Fork State Park for a wonderful afternoon of hiking and learning as Rocky Fork Ranger, Tim Pharis, will share his knowledge of the cultural and natural history of the area.  Rocky Fork is located along the East Tennessee/North Carolina border in the counties of Unicoi and Greene.  The 2,508 acre park was officially opened in 2015 and has been called a…

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2018 May Wildflower Wednesday

May 30 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Date:  Wednesday, May 30 Time:   11:00-3:00pm Location:   Prices Creek Preserve near Burnsville, NC Cost:  This hike is free for SAHC members and $10 for non-members Enjoy a wildflower memorial hike to honor our friend Bill Popper and his dedication to preserving the 573-acre property he loved.  The hike will take us through a primarily Northern Hardwood Forest ecosystem. Once we get off the gravel road, we will cross into the property and hop onto an old logging road and head towards a nice spot along the creek to…

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June 2018

2018 Roan Highlands Birding Hike

June 8 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Highlands of Roan

Join us for a Spring Birding hike in the Roan Highlands! With its unique habitats, this area is known to be the nesting site of some rare migratory birds. SAHC works to maintain ideal habitats for these birds and we hope to observe a few on this hike! The hike will be approximately 2 miles and it will travel through different habitats including open meadows, streams, and forested areas. There are a few gradual uphill sections on the trail, but…

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2018 June Jamboree

June 9
Highlands of Roan
Free

Registration for the 2018 June Jamboree has now closed. The Social Time:  2-4 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…

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2018 Salamander Night Hike

June 22 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Rocky Fork State Park

Location: Rocky Fork State Park Date: June 22, 2018 Time: 8:00 PM Difficulty: Moderate (4-5) Leaders: Marquette Crockett, SAHC Roan Stewardship Director Cost: FREE Come out and join the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy for a guided night hike in Rocky Fork State Park near Flag Pond, TN. We will creep and crawl through the forest in search of salamanders and other night creatures in one of the most diverse areas for amphibians in the world! The hiking will be limited to…

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2018 June Wildflower Wednesday

June 27 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Date:  Wednesday, June 27 Time:   11:00-3:00pm Location:   Hampton Creek Cove State Natural Area Cost:  FREE for all participants. Registration is required. On the final wildflower hike we will head to the 693-acre Hampton Creek Cove State Natural Area that is jointly managed by the state and SAHC! This area is known for its incredible biological diversity of plant and animal life. So far, 225 native plant species have been documented in the cove, as well as 78 bird species, including the golden-winged warbler. We will…

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July 2018

2018 Summer Hike with Hemlock Restoration Initiative

July 7 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Location: Montreat, NC Date: Saturday, July 7th Time: 9:00 am Difficulty: Strenuous (7-8) Leader: Emily Adler, SAHC Americorps Outreach Associate & Thom Green, Hemlock Restoration Initiative Outreach Associate Cost: Free for SAHC members; $10 for non-members. Pre-registration is required. Join SAHC and the Hemlock Restoration Initiative (HRI) on a hike to explore some beautiful  Carolina hemlocks in the Montreat Wilderness, on which SAHC holds a 2,460-acre conservation easement. We will learn about Carolina hemlock ecosystems, the hemlock woolly adelgid, and current options and efforts to control the adelgid. …

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2018 Yoga on the Mountain

July 14 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Date:  Saturday, July 14th Time:   Starting at 10:00am Location:   Blue Ridge Pastures Cost:  $20 for Members, $30 for Non-members Join SAHC and Lillah Schwartz for Yoga on the Mountain! We will hike to the top of Blue Ridge Pastures, lay down our mat and  experience the beauty of the invigorating calm brought by practicing. We will see Bearwallow and Hickory Nut Gap Gorge and learn why conservation is so important in the Fairview Farming Community. We will learn breathing techniques to bring your body, heart and mind into coherence with the earth in…

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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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2018 Clawhammer Mountain Hike

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

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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