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October 2017

“For Love of Beer & Mountains” Clawhammer Mountain Hike

October 14, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Clawhammer Mtn near Brevard, NC

Date:  Saturday, October 14 Time:  Starting at 10:00 am Where:  Pisgah National Forest near Brevard, NC Difficulty:  Very Strenuous (10+) 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 steep climb along a creek, through wildflower patches and…

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2017 Hump Mountain Hike

October 21, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Location: Highlands of Roan Date: October 21, 2017 Start Time: 10:00am Difficulty Rating: Strenuous (9) Cost: FREE but pre-registration is required. Dogs: Well-behaved dogs are welcome, but must be kept on a leash. Join the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy as we venture into the Highland of Roan, hiking to the 5,587 foot summit of Hump Mountain!  This impressive mountain hosts 360 degree views from its top. The hike will begin on the newly protected 324 acre tract that SAHC purchased in…

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November 2017

“For Love of Beer & Mountains” Thunderstruck Hike

November 11, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Date:  Saturday, November 11 Time:  Starting at 10:00 am Where: Near Waterrock Knob on the Blue Ridge Parkway Difficulty:  Moderately Strenuous (7) Cost: FREE for all participants, but pre-registration is required Join us for a moderately difficult hike to enjoy views of Thunderstruck Ridge, for which Highland Brewing Company’s seasonal Thunderstruck Coffee Porter is named. Participants will hike 5 miles over rugged terrain, through red spruce and fraser firs, red oak forest, and other high elevation trees while occasionally stopping at rock outcroppings for views of Thunderstruck…

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December 2017

2017 Cold Mountain Hike

December 16, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Date:  Saturday, December 16 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 the famous Cold Mountain, made popular by both Charles Frazier and Highland Brewing Company! Enjoy stunning views, including 815 acres protected by SAHC on Cold Mountain and in the Shining Rock area. This…

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January 2018

2018 Southern Sixer Kickoff Hike

January 13 @ 9:00 am - 6:00 pm

Date: Saturday, January 13 Start Time: 9 AM, details provided upon registration Location: Highlands of Roan Difficulty: Moderate (7) Dogs: Well-behaved dogs are welcome, but must be kept on a leash. Join us on a classic Roan hike with a winter twist! This Southern Sixer Kickoff Hike is offered as part of our "For Love of Beer & Mountains" Partnership, celebrating Highland Brewing Company's seasonal release of Souther Sixer IPA — which is named for the 40+ mountains rising over 6,000 ft elevation in…

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2018 Hike with Hemlock Restoration Initiative

January 20 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Location: Fairview, NC Date: Saturday, January 20 Time: 10:00 am Difficulty: Moderately Strenuous (5-6) 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. Dogs: Dogs are not allowed on this hike due to the educational component   Join SAHC and the Hemlock Restoration Initiative (HRI) on a hike to explore some beautiful stands of Carolina hemlocks in the Fairview Farming Community, where SAHC…

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February 2018

2018 AT Countryside Focus Area Hike

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

Date: Saturday, February 10 Start Time: 10 AM, details provided upon registration Location: Appalachian Trail Country Side Difficulty: Moderate (9) Dogs: Well-behaved dogs are welcome, but must be kept on a leash. Cost: FREE for all participants In this conservation focus area, we will learn about SAHC's work in the landscape surrounding the Appalachian Trail (AT) between Hot Springs, NC and Watauga Lake in TN. This Focus Area Feature Hike will get our boots on the Appalachian Trail! We will trek about seven miles through a diverse…

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2018 Winter Tree ID Hike

February 24 @ 10:00 am

Date:  Saturday, February 24, 2018 Time:  Starting at 10:00 am Difficulty:  Moderate (5-6) Cost: This hike is free for SAHC members and $10 for non-members Where: Montreat Wilderness Don’t let the cold get you down--come out hiking with us and use the cool weather as a chance to learn new things! Have you ever wondered how to identify trees when there are no leaves? Join us for an educational hike to explore ways to identify trees in winter — such as examining bark patterns,…

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March 2018

2018 Full Worm Moon Hike

March 1 @ 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Sandy Mush, NC

Date: Thursday, March 1 Time:  Starting at 5:30pm Difficulty:  Moderate (5-6) Cost: This hike is free for SAHC members and $10 for non-members Where: Bee Branch Farm Come celebrate the Full Worm Moon! The full moon in March is called Worm Moon, because the ground begins to thaw and earthworms reappear. The softer ground also allows plant life to begin emerging from its winter slumber.    Please join the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy for a beautiful hike on the Bee Branch Farm in the Sandy Mush Township of…

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Focus Area Feature Hike: Balsam Mountains

March 24 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Date: Saturday, March 24 Time: 10:00-3:00pm Location: Webb Property, Near Pathertown Valley Difficulty: Moderate (5-6) Cost: Free for SAHC members, $10 for non-members Join us on a scenic hike through the 600 acre Conservation Easement protected by SAHC in 2007 near Panthertown Valley in Jackson County.  The hike will be around three miles on well-established trails meandering through rhododendron tunnels and laurel archways.  Throughout the acidic cove forest there is the chance to see early spring blooms such as trailing arbutus!  We will eat our lunch on top of Laura’s Rock,…

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