Picnic for Public Lands

Join Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy, The Nature Conservancy, Trout Unlimited, The Conservation Fund, The Wilderness Society, and Appalachian Trail Conservancy for a special TN event, part of a 52-week tour celebrating the public lands that have been protected thanks to funding from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF).

You and your family are invited to this special public lands picnic by the river! 

We will picnic on the grounds of the USA Raft Outpost on the banks of the Nolichucky River, near the Appalachian National Scenic Trail. America’s most important conservation and recreation program, LWCF will expire in less than a year unless Congress acts. For 52 years, the Land and Water Conservation Fund has protected national parks and open spaces in every corner of the nation. Come celebrate the incredible places the LWCF has helped protect.

Enjoy free local beer, soft drinks & hors d’oeuvres, provided by Southern Craft BBQ and Great Oak Brewing of Johnson City, TN.

Hosted by USA Raft & Mountain River Guides


On Property Activities include:

  • Stocked Trout Pond
  • Appalachian Trail access
  • Onewheels
  • Paddle Boards

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52 years of success. 52 places to highlight. 52 weeks to #SaveLWCF

America’s most important conservation and recreation program, which has saved places in nearly every state and every county in the U.S., will expire on September 30, 2018 without action from Congress.

The last week of March, Tennessee is in the spotlight! Here are some of the stunning places across the state that have been protected because of the LWCF.

324 Acres on TN slopes of Hump Mountain — Now Protected!

northern slopes of Hump Mtn

324 acres on the northern, TN slopes of Hump Mountain – Now Protected!

On May 19, we purchased 324 acres in the Highlands of Roan — permanently protecting the northern slopes of Hump Mountain just 500 ft. from the Appalachian National Scenic Trail (AT)! The property, adjoining Cherokee National Forest and Hampton Creek Cove State Natural Area, has been a conservation priority for SAHC and our partners at the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) and the US Forest Service for decades.

“Our purchasing this tract ensures that future generations of hikers will be able to enjoy the beauty and tranquility of the AT on Hump Mountain,” said Executive Director Carl Silverstein. “This property has been one of our top conservation priorities since the founding of our organization, and we are deeply proud of having worked with the landowners and our partners to acquire it.” Read more


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