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Catawba Falls Hike 2017

On Saturday, September 30th, we continued our “For Love of Beer and Mountains” series on a hike to Upper Catawba Falls.  Catawba Brewing Company collaborated with SAHC to create a beer called Breezy Brae Biere de Miel, a honey farmhouse ale brewed with local Wild Mountain Bee Honey.

The Catawba Falls Hike was led by our new AmeriCorps Conservation Education and Volunteer Member Emily Adler, along with conservation property life estate holders Rick and Melinda. The group began on an SAHC conservation easement, hiking down to the Catawba Falls on a route few people get to visit. Read more

SAHC Outreach AmeriCorps Leads OLLI Hiking Course

As a part of our ongoing efforts to connect people with the land we have protected, we are constantly working to expand SAHC’s partner organizations to educate new groups by bringing them to our Community Farm or other properties that we have protected. This spring, SAHC’s AmeriCorps Outreach Member, Haley Smith, partnered up with UNC-Asheville’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) program to lead one of several new hiking courses.

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Events

2018 May Wildflower Wednesday

Date:  Wednesday, May 30

Time:   11:00-3:00pm

Location:   Prices Creek Preserve near Burnsville, NC

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

Enjoy a wildflower memorial hike to honor our friend Bill Popper and his dedication to preserving the 573-acre property he loved.  The hike will take us through a primarily Northern Hardwood Forest ecosystem. Once we get off the gravel road, we will cross into the property and hop onto an old logging road and head towards a nice spot along the creek to enjoy a picnic lunch.  Along the way, we will hopefully see some Purple Turtle Heads blooming and maybe eat some Indian Cucumber. We will hike about four miles with some possible bushwhacking.

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!

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2018 April Wildflower Wednesday

Date:  Wednesday, April 25

Time:   11:00-3:00pm

Location:  Sandy Mush Farming Community

Cost:  This hike is free for SAHC members and Earth Month Volunteers, $10 for non-members/non-volunteers.

This outing is part of WNC for the Planet,  A group of environmental nonprofits working together to better our Appalachian region.  To celebrate Earth Month there will be an optional hour of fun volunteer work pulling garlic mustard on this outing.  If you decide to stay and volunteer there will be no cost to the hike!

This hike will take place in the Sandy Mush Farming Community, where SAHC has helped protect over 10,000 acres of land! The Pardues have been enjoying the birds and wildflowers on this property since the 1970s. The main attractions will be the spring wildflowers such as bloodroot, hepatica and spring beauty, and birds such as Blue-headed Vireo and Ovenbird. The hike will be at elevations of 3,400 to 4,000 feet, providing beautiful vistas. Hikers will walk about 4 miles through woodlands and along primitive trails, with some bushwhacking and occasional steep slopes.

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 emily@appalachian.org. Thank you!


This event is part of #WNCforthePlanet —  a collaboration of environmental and conservation groups in Western North Carolina to coordinate and raise awareness about events and volunteer opportunities scheduled throughout the month of April in honor of “Earth Month.” Local nonprofit organizations, universities, and businesses have teamed up to host a myriad of service days, workshops, hikes, educational events and celebrations. Join us in unifying our community to encourage and celebrate environmental stewardship for our planet and the region. More info at WNCforthePlanet.org.

2017 Hump Mountain Hike

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 May of this year – eventually meeting up with the Appalachian Trail on our push for the summit. About 2 miles into our hike, we break out of the forest into the open grassy bald. Up here, there is the chance for superb views of a number of mountain tops – including Grandfather Mountain, Table Rock and Mt. Mitchell.  This strenuous out and back hike totals about six miles with over 1,500 feet of elevation gain in the first three miles.

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

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

Registration for this hike is now full. We will create a waitlist based on the order in which we received registration forms and schedule another hike to the same site in the future. Thank you!