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October 2018

Monarch Migration & Waterfall Hike 2018

October 20, 2018 @ 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, 2018 @ 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, 2018 @ 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, 2018 @ 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, 2018 @ 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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January 2019

Knitting Party at Robinson Rough Cabin

January 12 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Date:  Saturday, January 12th Time:  Starting at 10:00 am Cost: $10 for non-members, free for members Group Size: This outing is limited to 15 participants due to size of cabin Nestled in the steep slopes of the Sandy Mush farming community sits SAHC's Robinson Rough cabin. Surrounded by 248 acres of SAHC conserved land this cabin is a world apart from the hustle and bustle of our daily lives. It is in this cabin we will hold our first SAHC Knitting Party on Saturday,…

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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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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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