News & Events: Hikes And Outings

Bearwallow Sunset & Full Moon Hike

Join Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy Monday, May 8, 2017, for full moon celebration! We are going to be hiking to the summit of Bearwallow Mountian for a breathtaking 360-degree view of the sunset and moon rise! This hike is a great opportunity for photography and it is family friendly!

Bearwallow Mountain is truly one of CMLC's gems. It was originally conserved in 2009 with additions being mad in 2012 and 2016. At 4,232 ft. above sea level, Bearwallow Mountain stands as the highest peak in the widely-visible Bearwallow Highlands range. Straddling the Eastern Continental Divide, it makes up part of the Blue Ridge Escarpment as well as the western rim of the Hickory Nut Gorge. Crowned with a grassy meadow at its summit, the mountain features a nearly 360-degree view that encompasses some of the southern Appalachians highest peaks including Mt. Mitchell in the Black Mountains and Mt. Pisgah in the Great Balsams range.

The hike will begin before sunset so we will arrive at the summit in time to watch the full moon rise. Total hiking distance is 2.0 miles. This hike is rated moderate with a total elevation gain of 537 feet. Attendance is free and open to the public.

Please be aware that we will be hiking in the dark! Therefore, sturdy closed-toe shoes are a requirement, and additional equipment including a headlamp and extra layers are highly encouraged.

This hike has no cap but RSVP is required. To sign up CLICK HERE.

Once you have successfully registered for the hike you will receive an email with additional details 2-3 days before the hike.


Little Bearwallow Falls & Wildcat Rock

Come hike with CMLC on our most recently completed trail in the Upper Hickory Nut Gorge on Saturday, April 29, 2017. This hike is hardcore so we cannot promise a leisurely walk but we can promise wildflowers, a 100-foot waterfall, a stunning view from a scenic rock perch, and an awesome workout! 

Together we will ascend the sustainably-designed and -constructed Little Bearwallow Trail to Little Bearwallow Falls before climbing to the top of breathtaking Wildcat Rock. En route, this hike traverses CMLC-conserved land that was described by a biologist as the most abundant and diverse wildflower tract in Henderson County.

This hike also offers an opportunity to learn about all that went in to protecting this land and making this new trail over the last three years--from conservation easements and land acquisition to digging tread and moving boulders.

This hike is 3-mile round trip; however, it is extremely strenuous--gaining nearly 1,200 feet in only a mile and a half features technical challenges. The trail utilizes more than 300 log-and-rock stairs to reach its exciting destinations. We will encourage you every step of the way, but the challenges this hike present should not be taken lightly. We encourage those that join us on this hike to be in excellent physical condition.

There is currently no cap for this hike, but carpooling is highly encouraged due to limited parking.

This hike is free and open to the but RSVP is REQUIRED! To sign up CLICK HERE.

Once you have successfully registered for this hike you will receive additional details 2-3 days before the hike.


Photos provided by Keith Viglietta

Wildflower Hike

CMLC is partnering with Pacolet Area Conservancy (PAC) to celebrate Earth Day by spending some time out of the office and in nature! We will be hiking at the Walnut Creek Preserve with long time friend and volunteer Keith, who so graciously helped us foster this joint hike with PAC! Join us on Friday, April 21, 2017, at the Anne Elizabeth Suratt Nature Center for a family friendly hike in search of spring wildflowers!

This hike is free and open to the public, but please note the Walnut Creek Preserve is a private land and is only accessible by invitation. Therefore, RSVP is required.

To sign up CLICK HERE.

Once you have successfully registered for this hike you will receive additional details 2-3 days before the hike.


Cookies for lunch? Yes, please! 

Join CMLC for holiday cookies and warm drinks at The Park at Flat Rock on Thursday, December 15th at 12:00pm. Take a stroll around the park with us and learn how The Park was transformed from a golf course into the beautiful community centerpiece it is today. Ginger Brown from the Village of Flat Rock and staff from AmeriCorps Project Conserve and CMLC, will be joining the walk to give insider perspectives on how their partnerships and hard work--and support from the community-- have made this project possible. Plus, find out what is in store for the future! This one-hour event is family-friendly and a great way to get outside with CMLC during your lunch break. Come on out and join us for a fun holiday walk! 

This adventure is open to both members and non-members. Space is limited, so reserve your spot today! To sign up, CLICK HERE


This CMLC Adventure has been postponed due to poor air quality and visibility; it will be rescheduled for Spring 2017!

Come out and join CMLC for a hike and adventure at Fryingpan Mountain! This hike, led CMLC's Trails & Recreational Lands Coordinator and author of the book Hiking North Carolina's Lookout Towers, Peter Barr, will offer breathtaking views much of the land CMLC protects in Henderson and Transylvania counties. Our adventure will lead us to a historic and scenic fire lookout tower used by the US Forest Service, where we will have the opportunity to climb partially up the tower for the spectacular view. 

This hike is a part of CMLC's new Adventure Program. Come hike with us and learn more about CMLC's new Adventures and the other outdoor recreation opportunities we help make possible! 

The hike will take place on Saturday, November 20th at noon. 

If you would like to learn more about this trail visit our Hiking Challenge page by clicking here.

This adventure is open to both members and non-members. Space is limited; sign up today to reserve your spot. Once you register you will receive an email with more details about the hike. 


This hike is now full! Thank you for your interest and we hope to see you the next time we host a Headwaters State Forest Tour!

Join CMLC for a limited opportunity to explore the highlights of the new Headwaters State Forest on Wednesday, August 17, at 10:00AM. This tour is composed of four short hikes (cumulative distance totaling 3.0 miles) to Gravely Mill Falls, Reece Place Falls, East Fork Falls, and Sassafras Mountain**. Several of these locations are not yet accessible to the public. Participants will caravan by vehicle to several locations where they will take a short hike to reach each point of interest in the recently conserved East Fork Headwaters tract. 

Because of the complexity of travel to numerous remote locations and limitation of parking, group size is limited to 15 participants. Because this event will likely reach capacity quickly, future tours will be scheduled to accommodate additional interest. Hiking boots are required; trekking poles recommended.

Due to the hazards associated with hiking near waterfalls, dogs and children are not able to be accommodated on this outing.

This tour is rated as moderate, the total hiking distance is 3 miles, and there is an overall elevation gain of 350 feet. The total time to hike is 2.5 hours with a total of 2.5 hours drive-time.

**trails to waterfalls are steep and slippery

A SHORT HISTORY LESSON: The East Fork Headwaters tract has been managed as a working forest since the early 1900's. In 1910, Joseph Silverstein purchased the land surrounding the headwaters of the East Fork of the French Broad River to supply several lumber companies and owned the land until his death in 1967. Following the death of Silverstein, Champion International Paper Company owned and managed the property until former NC Congressman Charles Taylor purchased the land in the mid-1980s and maintained ownership until 2009.

In the summer of 2009, Congressman Taylor contacted the Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy with an interest in conserving the 8,000-acre tract. In 2010, the partner organizations, which included CMLC, The Conservation Fund, NC Forest Service, and US Fish and Wildlife Service, began to generate public, legislative, and agency support to fund the acquisition of the East Fork Headwaters property. Ultimately, the NC Forest Service will own and manage the property and plans to establish the Headwaters State Forest. The forest will be used to demonstrate good forest stewardship principles that promote environmentally sound, socially beneficial, and economically prosperous management of forest resources. As of 2015, the NC State Forest Service now owns approximately 5,000 acres of the future Headwaters State Forest!

For more in-depth information about the history and the progress of the Headwaters State Forest, visit eastforkheadwaters.com.

Participants are required to be in good physical condition and capable to hike over uneven, forested terrain. Hikers should wear sturdy walking/hiking shoes (no flip-flops). Also, bring several layers of clothing in preparation for cold temperatures and pack plenty of water and snacks. Hikers who attend are required to participate in the entire event. 

This hike is now full! Thank you for your interest and we hope to see you the next time we host a Headwaters State Forest Tour!

This hike is for CMLC Members Only and has limited space. Please reserve your spot by using CMLC's Online Hike Sign-Up Form. Hike meeting locations and additional details will be sent out to participants via email 1-2 days prior to the hike. Reservations for a spot on this hike are first come, first serve:

 

CMLC's Online Outing Sign-Up Form

For questions, please contact Sarah Harden at sarahh@carolinamountain.org. Please allow one full business day for a response to both sign-ups and inquiries. 


Join Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy for a celestial show atop CMLC-conserved Bearwallow Mountain on Sunday, July 17, 2016. We'll hike to the summit about 90 minutes before sunset in time to watch the fullmoon rise, then hike back down the gravel road about 60 minutes after sunset.

At 4,232 ft. above sea level, Bearwallow Mountain stands as the highest peak in the widely-visible Bearwallow Highlands range. Straddling the Eastern Continental Divide, it makes up part of the Blue Ridge Escarpment as well as the western rim of the Hickory Nut Gorge. Crowned with a grassy meadow at its summit, the mountain features a nearly 360 degree view that encompasses some of the southern Appalachians highest peaks including Mt. Mitchell in the Black Mountains and Mt. Pisgah in the Great Balsams range. Its breathtaking vista also includes a birds-eye view of Hickory Nut Gorge, as well as downtown Hendersonville. A historic fire lookout tower occupies the summit, as do grazing cattle who call the mountaintop home.

CMLC acquired a conservation easement on 81 acres at the summit of Bearwallow in 2009, forever protecting it from mountaintop development. An additional 85 acres were placed into a conservation easement on Bearwallow Mountain's ridgeline in 2012. At the moment, CMLC has conserved a total of 165 acres and is working toward conserving more than 300 acres at Bearwallow Mountain by the end of 2016.

Total hiking distance is 2.0 miles. This hike is rated strenuous with a total elevation gain of 537 feet. Attendance is free and open to the public. We will begin our hike Sunday evening before the sun sets, and then we will travel back down the mountain bathed in moonlight. Please note: because of the nature of this hike, plan to pack a flashlight and additional clothes, blanket/sleeping bag to stay warm while on the summit. It will probably be windy.

Participants are required to be in good physical condition and capable to hike over uneven, forested terrain. Hikers should wear sturdy walking shoes (no flip-flops), bring several layers of clothing in preparation for cold temperatures, pack plenty of water as well as a snack to eat during the hike. Hikers who attend are required to participate in the entire duration of the hike. 

This hike is open to the public as well as CMLC members. Space is limited on our hikes, so please reserve your spot by using CMLC's Online Hike Sign-Up Form. Hike meeting locations and additional details will be sent out to participants via e-mail 1-2 days prior to the hike. Reservations for a spot on this hike will be taken on a first-come, first-serve basis using:

CMLC's Online Outing Sign-Up Form

For questions, contact CMLC's Community Outreach Associate Corinne Fretwell at corinne@carolinamountain.org. Please allow one full business day for a response to Sign-Ups and inquiries. In the event of inclement weather, please call our office at (828) 697-5777 as we may have to cancel the outing.

 


Join us after work on Wednesday, June 29th, for a nature journaling hike at The Cabin Ridge in Hendersonville, NC. Guests will bring their own journal and writing utensils but will be guided with prompts to journal, sketch, and take observations. No experience is necessary! Participants must be able to walk an easy mile loop trail and able to sit or stand while journaling and observing.

This hike will be open to the public. Due to the nature of this hike, there will be a cap of 15 guests. Reservations will be taken on a first come, first serve basis using CMLC's Online Hike Sign-Up FormAdditional information will be sent upon confirmation fo your spot on the hike within 1-3 business days after requesting a spot. 

CMLC's Online Hike Sign-Up Form

For questions, contact CMLC Community Outreach Associate Corinne Fretwell at corinne@carolinamountain.orgIn the event of inclement weather, please call our office at (828) 697-5777 to learn about a hike cancellation.

 

 


Join CMLC and Pardee in this special edition guided Hiking Challenge 3 hike! We will be celebrating Pardee's sponsorship of the White Squirrel Hiking Challenge with a presentation from special Pardee guests Sarah Philipp and Chelsea Darley.

Sarah Philipp is an Athletic Trainer with Pardee Sports Medicine and will be talking with participants about the importance of using hiking poles when trail walking. Pardee Signature Care Center coordinator Chelsea Darley will be providing information on the Heels in Motion community walking program she introduced in January of 2016. Both are natives of western North Carolina and are eager to share their love of the outdoors with others! We are excited to welcome such wonderful guests on this incredibly rewarding hike.

Trombatore trail is a strenuous 5.0 mile out-and-back journey, during which hikers will descend into and out of a rich cove forest on the way to the panoramic summit of Blue Ridge Pastures. This hike has steep uphill climbs and downhill runs in both directions, and features a total elevation gain of 1200 feet

Participants are required to be in reasonable physical condition and capable of completing a four mile hike over uneven, forested terrain. Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate pets on this hike. Hikers should wear sturdy walking shoes (no flip-flops), bring several layers of clothing in preparation for changing warm and cold temperatures, pack plenty of water as well as a snack/lunch to eat during the hike. Hikers who attend are required to participate in the entire duration of the hike. Hikers must be age 12 and up.

Space is limited on our hikes, so please reserve your spot today by using CMLC's Online Hike Sign-Up FormHike meeting locations, times, and additional details will be sent through email upon confirmation of your spot on the hike. Reservations for a spot on this hike will be taken on a first-come, first-serve basis using:

CMLC's Online Hike Sign-Up Form

For questions about this or other CMLC hikes, contact CMLC Community Outreach Associate Corinne Fretwell at corinne@carolinamountain.orgIn the event of inclement weather, please call our office at (828) 697-5777 to learn about a hike cancellation.

 

 


Join us after work on Wednesday, June 1st, to check out a CMLC protected Southern Appalachian mountain bog in Flat Rock. This tour will be led by David Lee, CMLC's Natural Resources Manager and special guest Anita Goetz of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Learn about the Southern Appalachian mountain bog habitat and get to know this particular property!

This hike will be for CMLC members only. If you are not already a member with us, learn about the benefits of membership and join us here--we would love to have you on this special tour and get to show you one of the incredible sites we have protected. Due to the sensitivity of the mountain bog environment, there will be a cap of 10 guests allowed on this tour. Reservations will be taken on a first come, first serve basis using CMLC's Online Hike Sign-Up Form. Additional information will be sent upon confirmation fo your spot on the hike within 1-3 business days after requesting a spot. 

CMLC's Online Hike Sign-Up Form

For questions, contact CMLC Community Outreach Associate Corinne Fretwell at corinne@carolinamountain.orgIn the event of inclement weather, please call our office at (828) 697-5777 to learn about a hike cancellation.

 


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