Fairview Hemlock Restoration Hike

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 Carolina’s Trombatore Trail and visit several SAHC protected properties, giving hikers a chance to learn about our land protection work in the area. We will complete the hike at a large stand of hemlocks near our Strawberry Gap conservation easement, where we will discuss the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid and mitigation techniques. We will be rewarded with scenic views of Hickory Nut Gorge and Mount Mitchell from Blue Ridge Pastures!

Registration is full – if you would like to be placed on the waiting list email

Montreat Wilderness Hike 2018

In 2018 the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy purchased 123 acres including the western flank and summit of Brushy Knob, one of the Seven Sisters near Black Mountain, NC. To celebrate the acquisition of this valuable conservation land we led an educational hike along the outer rim of the Montreat Wilderness. Participants learned about SAHC’s role in conservation in the Black Mountains and were able to see the new acquisition firsthand. The hike consisted of 3,000′ of elevation gain over 8.5 miles! The following is one participant’s reflection on the outing…

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Outdoor Photography on Snowball Mountain Hike 2018

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 hike is timed so that participants will be able to enjoy and photograph beautiful fall colors and vistas during golden hour and the sunset.

This moderate to difficult 3-mile hike will take hikers along a high elevation ridge line with remarkable views adjacent to a 90 acre SAHC conservation easement. We will start out on the Mountains-to-Sea trail and split off to climb Snowball Mountain.  Next, we will continue North to Hawksbill Rock where we will look back onto the protected property and into the Woodfin Watershed—another SAHC protected landmark.  Hikers should be prepared for a short trip, but steep elevation changes along the way.

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

Registration for hike is full – if you would like to be placed on a waiting list email

2018 Summer Hike with Hemlock Restoration Initiative

Location: Montreat, NC

Date: Saturday, July 7th

Time: 9:00 am

Difficulty: Strenuous (7-8)

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.

Join SAHC and the Hemlock Restoration Initiative (HRI) on a hike to explore some beautiful  Carolina hemlocks in the Montreat Wilderness, on which SAHC holds a 2,460-acre conservation easement. We will learn about Carolina hemlock ecosystems, the hemlock woolly adelgid, and current options and efforts to control the adelgid.  The hike will be about 4.5 miles, we will be walking along a ridge and will summit 3 different peaks, be prepared for about 1000 ft of elevation change and some steep uphills and downhills.  The loop will take us through a stand of Carolina & Eastern Hemlocks and eventually to the top of Lookout Mountain!

2018 Summer Hike with the Hemlock Restoration Initiative

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