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.

Corporate Partnership Rafting Trip with USA Raft!

Location: Nolichucky River near the protected Lost Cove

Date: Saturday, May 20th

Start Time: 9 AM; Carpool info TBA

Difficulty: No experience required – recommended for healthy active people. Must be 10 years or older.

Leader: Experienced USA Raft River Guides

Cost: $30 for SAHC members; $40 for non-members. This is a heavily discounted rate for this trip, and all proceeds will benefit SAHC.

Registration: Pre-registration is REQUIRED.

On Saturday, May 20th, our corporate partner USA Raft will be hosting a rafting trip on the Nolichucky for SAHC staff, board, and supporters. This full day trip will include a picnic riverside lunch and will feature over 25 named Class II-IV rapids along a 9-mile stretch of river. The trip will also include extra time to play, swim and surf in the rapids. We are excited to offer this trip at a discounted rate thanks to the generosity of USA Raft! We will also be joined by local brewers from JRH Brewing Company and Gypsy Circus Cider Co.

Register online now for our Corporate Partner Rafting Excursion with USA Raft!

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Click the ticket link below to submit a donation for your outing — $30 for members/$40 non-members. If you have questions about your membership status, please contact Membership Director Cheryl Fowler at or 828.253.0095 ext 209.

Hiking Into The Lost Cove

image (7)Although we are in the midst of an arctic freeze in the Southern Appalachian Mountains, we’re eagerly looking forward to the slate of outdoor adventures our outreach team has planned for this year. To whet your appetite, here’s a narrative from one of our 2013 fall hikes – a trek into the 95-acre Lost Cove tract that SAHC purchased in 2012, led by our AmeriCorps PR & Outreach associate Anna Zanetti:

“Lost Cove, once a self-sustaining community nestled on the border between North Carolina and Tennessee, has become a mere ghost town with the occasional company of a destination hiker. In late November I led 22 people on a hike to the old settlement where only abandoned and crippled buildings now exist. Read more


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