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January 2019

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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Horseback Riding at Ferguson Gap

February 16 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Date:  Saturday, February 16 Time:  10 am - 2 pm Difficulty:  Moderate (4) Cost: Free for members, $20 for non-members Join the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy on a horseback ride to Ferguson Gap from Hickory Nut Gap Farm! We will begin with a brief lesson on how to ride the horse. We will then learn about land conservation with SAHC from the perspective of the owners of Hickory Nut Gap Farm. Finally we will explore SAHC-conserved land atop horses on trails leading…

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Snow Moon Night Hike

February 19 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Date:  Tuesday, February 19 Time:  4 pm – 7 pm Difficulty:  Moderate (4 on a scale of 10) — 2 miles Cost: Free but registration required Join the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy and Southeast Program Director of the Defenders of Wildlife, Ben Prater as we celebrate the release of Highland Brewing Company's Midnight Summit seasonal with a full moon night hike up to Max Patch. Max Patch, located in Pisgah National Forest and SAHC's French Broad River Valley Focus Area, offers hikers…

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March 2019

Musical Heritage Hike at Bailey Mountain

March 7 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Date:  Thursday, March 7th Time: Hike will be 3 pm – 6 pm, music will be 7 pm - 9 pm Difficulty:  Moderate (5 on a scale of 10) — 2.9 miles roundtrip, elevation gain: 1,176′ Terrain: Dirt path (very few rocks/roots), steep sections Cost: $20 for non-members, $10 for members Join the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy on an exploration of the musical heritage of the Appalachian Mountains at Bailey Mountain Park. Participants will begin the hike with a lesson on the history…

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Worm Moon Night Hike

March 21 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
SAHC Community Farm (Incubator Program), 24 Mag Sluder Road
Alexander, NC 28701 United States
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Date:  Thursday, March 21st Time:  6 pm – 8 pm Difficulty:  Moderate (4 on a scale of 10) — 2 miles roundtrip, elevation gain: 145' Terrain: Dirt path (very few rocks/roots), stream crossing on stepping stones Cost: Free but registration required Join the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy at our Community Farm, with SAHC's very own Community Farm and Food Program Associate Chris Link. The 135-acre Community Farm provides a joint model for environmental sustainability and productive agriculture. Participants will take a brief…

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April 2019

Experience Your Backyard: Black History & Conservation Bicycle Ride

April 7 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
SAHC Community Farm, 180 Mag Sluder Road
Alexander, NC 28701 United States
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Date: Sunday, April 7th Time: 10 am – 2 pm Difficulty:  Moderate (6 on a scale of 10) — 16.6 miles roundtrip, elevation gain: 1,109′ Total ride time is estimated to be 2-2.5 hours, not including stops. Cost: FREE for all participants, but registration required and space is limited Join us and special guest Daniel White "The Blackalachian" on a special countryside bicycle ride exploring farmland conservation and rural black history. This loop rolls over gentle hills through the Alexander/Leicester area…

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Native American Pictograph Hike at Paint Rock

April 13 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Date: Saturday, April 13th Time: 10 am - 1 pm Difficulty:  Moderate (5 on a scale of 10) — 2.4 miles roundtrip, elevation gain: 1,100′ Terrain: Dirt path (very few rocks/roots), steep sections Cost: FREE but registration required Join the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy as we explore one of North Carolina's oldest and most striking Native American pictographs at Paint Rock. Red and yellow rectilinear shapes known as pictographs adorn the textured, cubical cliff face of Paint Rock (near Hot Springs, NC). These…

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Pink Moon Night Hike

April 19 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Date: Friday, April 19th Time:  6 pm – 8 pm Difficulty:  Moderate (4 on a scale of 10) — 2 miles roundtrip, elevation gain: 145' Terrain: Dirt path (very few rocks/roots), stream crossing on stepping stones Cost: Free but registration required Join the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy at our Community Farm, with SAHC's very own Community Farm and Food Program Associate Chris Link. The 135-acre Community Farm provides a joint model for environmental sustainability and productive agriculture. Participants will take a brief…

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Upper Catawba Falls Wanderlush Hike

April 20 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Date: Saturday, April 20th 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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