Events

2021 Thunderstruck Partnership Hike with Highland Brewing Company

Time: Starting at 9:00 am
Where: Plott Balsam Mountains off the Blue Ridge Parkway. Meet at Waterrock Knob Visitor Center.
Distance: 6 miles (3 miles in, 3 miles out). Rugged, rocky terrain throughout the trail with steep elevation change, becoming smoother through Spruce-fir forest further along.
Difficulty: Moderately Strenuous (7-8)
Cost: FREE for all participants

Join the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy and Highland Brewing Company on November 7 for a moderately strenuous hike to enjoy views of Thunderstruck Ridge, for which Highland’s next seasonal is named. Participants will travel over 5 miles of rugged terrain through mystical red spruce, Fraser firs, red oak forests, and other high elevation trees while occasionally stopping at rock outcroppings for views of Thunderstruck Ridge. During this time of year, we’ll be seeing fall colors as well as we hike through Saw-Whet Owl and Carolina Northern Flying squirrel habitat!

The group will hike through the 1,595-acre Plott Balsam Preserve and eventually reach Blackrock Mountain, which SAHC protected in 2013, at a towering 5,600 feet of elevation. This beautiful section of mountains can be seen from the Blue Ridge Parkway. SAHC’s conservation work in this area protects high elevation habitat and pristine headwater streams. So come out, and let’s celebrate Thunderstruck Coffee Porter and land conservation together. This hike is FREE for everyone!

The Thunderstruck Partnership Hike is currently at capacity. If you would like to be added to the waitlist fill out the registration below.

2021 Thunderstruck Partnership Hike with Highlands Brewing

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2017 Cold Mountain Hike

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 strenuous 11-mile hike along the Art Loeb and Cold Mountain Trails will climb approximately 2,800 feet to reach the summit (6,030 ft. elevation). The Art Loeb trail switchbacks north around a ridge line, crossing several small streams and follows the contours up to Deep Gap where the climb to Cold Mountain begins. 

This hike will not be for the faint of heart; a challenging, long day with snowy winter weather is to be expected but rewarding – Cold Mountain was named for a reason! High elevation and winter hiking experience is necessary, this hike is not for beginners. For more information, contact Emily at emily@appalachian.org or call 828.253.0095 ext. 205.

Hike difficulty ratings are based on this formula: (0.002 x elevation gain (ft.)) + round trip distance (mi.) = difficulty rating (1 – 10+)

2017 Cold Mountain Hike Registration

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“For Love of Beer & Mountains” Clawhammer Mountain Hike

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 rich cove forest. From Clawhammer Cove to the summit, we will climb close to 1,500 feet to finish at 4,072 ft elevation. The summit offers scenic views of the Blue Ridge Parkway and Looking Glass in Pisgah National Forest.

Please Note: There are a couple single log bridges, muddy areas, rocky and steep inclines and a chance of yellow jackets; SAHC wants to provide a fun and safe trip so please be aware of these conditions.

Dogs: Well-behaved dogs are welcome, but must be kept on a leash.

Leader: Emily Adler, AmeriCorps Conservation Education & Volunteer Outreach Associate. For questions or more info, contact Emily at emily@appalachian.org or 828.253.0095 ext 205.

Hike difficulty ratings are based on this formula: (0.002 x elevation gain (ft.)) + round trip distance (mi.) = difficulty rating (1 – 10+)