2018 March Wildflower Wednesday

Date:  Wednesday, March 28

Time:   11:00-3:00pm

Location:  Laurel Ridge, Black Mountain, NC

Cost:  This hike is free for SAHC members and $10 for non-members

This Wednesday’s hike will take place on Laurel Ridge where SAHC has protected over 500 acres of land. This hike will be about 4 miles with some steep sections of trail.  March is early in the spring season, so the amount of flowers is dependent on the weather.  We will ascend through Southern and Central Appalachian Oak Forests and Cove Forests, crossing by some lovely streams, and rock formations. We will also see a few small waterfalls!

This hike is part of  the Wildflower Wednesday Hike Series, showcasing the incredible biodiversity in our region. The hikes will be on the last Wednesday of the month in March, April, May, and June.  The Wildflower Wednesday Hikes will have representative from the Western North Carolina Botanical Club with us to help identify and learn about the flowers!

Registration for this hike is now full. To be placed on the waitlist, or if you plans have changed and you can no longer join us, please contact Thank you!

Bookwalter Binge Gran Fondo

Bookwalter Binge Raffle Winners!

If you were not able to pick up your prize on Sunday, you can pick it up weekdays from 9:00am to 5:00pm at our office, located at 372 Merrimon Ave. Asheville, NC 28801.

Here is the list of unclaimed raffle prizes and the winning ticket numbers:

3. Weekend Rental House in Asheville- #741820 – Please email to claim your prize!

7. Colavita Classic Collection with Extra Virgin Olive Oil- #741465

9. Skull Candy Crusher Wireless Headphones- #741459

15. Runner Box, Lululemon Gift Card, and Malaprop’s Bookstore/Cafe Gift Card- #741521

16. Eno DoubleNest and Atlas Suspension System- #741553

17. DNAFit Startline- #741553

19. DNAFit Fitness Diet Pro-# 741783

20. Velocio Clothing Gift Card- #741801 – Please email to claim your prize!

33. Oakley Moonlight Sunglasses- #741501




Enjoy an unusual opportunity to ride alongside female and male pro cyclists as they celebrate the end of their racing season. Three routes of varying length traverse some of the most beautiful roads in the Blue Ridge. Jamie & Brent Bookwalter are passionate about protecting the environment, and we are grateful that the Bookwalter Binge Gran Fondo raises funds to support our land conservation work! 

About the Ride:

The Bookwalter Binge Gran Fondo was founded by Brent and Jamie Bookwalter. Brent is a professional cyclist and a nine season member of the BMC Racing Team. The Michigan native is a 9-time Collegiate National Champion and past U23 National Champion. In 2016, he placed third overall in the Tour of California and finished his fourth Tour de France. He represented the USA in both the time trial and the road race in the Rio Olympics.  Brent and his wife Jamie reside in Asheville, NC, when stateside and Girona, Spain, during much of the race season. Jamie is also an artist, capturing wildlife and natural scenery in oil and acrylic.

“Protecting the environment is one of my guiding principles and a core value that runs deep in my family and my work,” she says.

The Bookwalter Binge is a party on two wheels studded with races on timed sections. The ride offers three routes of varying length in the Blue Ridge Mountains near Black Mountain, NC:

  • Gran – 7,400 ft of climbing in 83 miles
  • Medio – 5,500 ft in 62 miles
  • Piccolo – 2,500 ft in 29 miles

Want to be involved but not ready to ride? Join us as a volunteer! All volunteers received a Binge T-shirt and a meal at the Binge Party.

Find out more, register to ride or sign up to volunteer at

Photo credit: Tom & Lubov Byrum of