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Christmount Hike

Last Saturday, SAHC led our first guided hike of 2017 through the protected woods of our 400-acre conservation easement at Christmount. The weather was lovely, with a clear blue winter sky, allowing for beautiful views of the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Black Mountains. Hikers had a chance to learn about the connected landscape of protected lands in the region and to see other places SAHC has worked to protect, including the Montreat Wilderness and our Laurel Ridge preserve. Read more

Winter Hike at Christmount with the Hemlock Restoration Initiative

Difficulty: Moderate (4-5)
Leaders: Haley Smith, SAHC AmeriCorps Outreach Member; Margot Wallston and Sara DeFosset of the Hemlock Restoration Initiative
Cost: Free for SAHC members;$10 for non-members
Dogs: Dogs are not allowed on this hike due to the steep terrain and the educational nature of the hike.

Come enjoy our first hike of 2017 through the beautiful 400-acre, permanently protected woods of Christmount, where we will hike 2 fairly steep miles along the Rocky Knob Trail. At the top of the ridge we will be rewarded with beautiful views of the town of Black Mountain, the Black Mountains range, and Montreat, where SAHC also holds a conservation easement.
​Staff from the Hemlock Restoration Initiative will talk about some of the previous treatments done at Christmount to mitigate the invasive Hemlock Woolly Adelgid (HWA) and future plans for treatment in the area, and they will be available to answer any questions you might have. We may also take an optional short walk at the end to view a stand of Eastern Hemlocks.

Pre-registration is REQUIRED. Please email haley@appalachian.org or call 828.253.0095 ext 205 with questions or to register.

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