2018 Salamander Night Hike

Location: Rocky Fork State Park
Date: June 22, 2018
Time: 8:00 PM
Difficulty: Moderate (4-5)
Leaders: Marquette Crockett, SAHC Roan Stewardship Director
Cost: FREE

Come out and join the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy for a guided night hike in Rocky Fork State Park near Flag Pond, TN. We will creep and crawl through the forest in search of salamanders and other night creatures in one of the most diverse areas for amphibians in the world! The hiking will be limited to less than 2 miles, but will include lots of climbing and crawling as we search for our slimy friends. In addition to field and rain gear, participants should bring a headlamp!  This hike is limited to 15 people.

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 Thank you!


Upper Roaring Creek Valley

“It is simply magical,” says Roan Stewardship Director Marquette Crockett, referring Roaring Creek in the Highlands of Roan. “If I were a Hellbender, this is the stream I would want to live in.”

SAHC recently acquired 142 acres at Upper Roaring Creek Valley in the Roan, to protect clean mountain streams and habitat for native trout and other wildlife. The contiguous tracts in Avery County contain a portion of Roaring Creek and its tributaries as well as undeveloped, forested land that adjoins Pisgah National Forest.

“This is one of the most incredible stretches of mountain stream,” explains Crockett. “From a biological standpoint, Roaring Creek is one of the most productive native trout streams in the state. It feeds into the North Toe River, which is home to endangered species like the Appalachian Elktoe mussel.” Read more

Inspired by Salamanders on Jim’s Branch

p_teyahalee.jpgNarrative and photos courtesy of Tom Ward
“As a child I first came to appreciate the natural beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains on hikes up the family property with my Grandpa. My grandparents would often let me go out on my own and hike up Jim’s Branch turning over river rocks or flipping decaying logs looking for salamanders & snakes. I could find a Dusky (Desmognathus fuscus), Black-bellied (Desmognathus quadramaculatus), Two-lined (Eurycea wilderae) or other species of salamander under almost every other rock, though catching the big ones long enough to identify them was quite a challenge.

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