News & Events: Hikes And Outings

Please join the Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy on Saturday, March 22nd for a bilingual hike along the Cane Creek Greenway in Fletcher Community Park.

Por favor únase a Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy el sábado, el 22 del Marzo se realizará una caminata ecológica bilingüe Cane Creek Greenway en Fletcher Community Park

Total hiking distance will be 2.0 miles. Hikers will get to learn about the natural history of the area in both English and Spanish. Open to the public, families are welcome. Hot dogs and lemonade will be provided at the end. 

La distancia total del camino será de 2 millas. Los excursionistas aprenderan de la historia natural de la zona en Inglés y Español. Abierto al público, las familias con niños son bienvenidas. Tendremos perros calientes y limonada al final del camino. 

Regístrese gratuitamente en goo.gl/V3Zwof, o comuniquense con Brenna McColl at 828-697-5777 (ext. 213).

Sign up for free at goo.gl/V3Zwof or call CMLC Trails & Outreach Associate Matt Kirk at 828-697-5777 (ext. 211).

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Join CMLC on Wednesday, March 19th for another opportunity to view land referred to as the 'missing link' of the Southern Appalachian Loop Trail.

This land has the potential to complete the final public connection to an extensive interstate trail network measuring over 350 miles in length. This tract of land is also part of a contiguous corridor of more than 23,000 acres of conserved natural lands—many within CMLC easements—along the southern Blue Ridge Escarpment.

Total hiking distance is 2.2 miles. This hike is rated as moderate with a total elevation gain of 440 feet. Attendance is free and open to the public. We will start our hike in the afternoon at 3:00pm and be finished before 6:00pm. Hikers will meet in advance and form carpools to our hiking location.

Participants are required to be in good physical condition and capable of completing a two mile hike over uneven, forested terrain. Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate dogs on this hike. 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/lunch 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 Trails & Outreach Associate Matt Kirk at matt@carolinamountain.org. Please allow one full business day for a response to Sign-Ups and inquiries.


Join CMLC for an interpretive hike highlighting the scenic beauty and rich history of Rockbrook Camp in Transylvania County on Sunday, February 16th. 

Founded in 1921, Rockbrook Camp for Girls is a rustic summer camp located southwest of Brevard in the Dunns Rock township. In 2010, Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy placed a conservation easement on more than 115 acres of mountain slopes surrounding the camp.

With its picturesque waterfalls and scenic cliffs permanently protected, Camp Rockbrook, possible cradle of the white squirrel, will enter its 93rd season this year in 2014.

Camp Director Jeff Carter and local historian Dr. G. Keith Parker will share some of the history of the camp prior to our hike to Rockbrook Falls and Castle Rock.

Total hiking distance is 2.0 miles with 400 ft. elevation gain. The hike will start at 2:00pm and is rated as moderate. Please note: the climb to Castle Rock is optional as it is very steep and negotiates slippery trail. 

Participants are required to be in good physical condition and capable of completing a two mile hike over uneven, forested terrain. Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate dogs on this hike. 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/lunch to eat during the hike.

This hike is a CMLC members-only hike. To join CMLC or find out more information, visit www.carolinamountain.org. Space is limited on our hikes, so please reserve your spot today by using CMLC's Online Hike Sign-Up Form. Hike meeting locations and additional details will be sent upon confirmation of your spot on the hike within 1-2 days business days after requesting a spot. This hike can accomodate 25 hikers. 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 Trails & Outreach Associate Matt Kirk at matt@carolinamountain.org. Please allow one full business day for a response to Sign-Ups and inquiries.

Photos of our hike by our hikers:


Bundle up and join Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy for a winter solstice celestial show atop CMLC-conserved Bearwallow Mountain on Tuesday, December 17th. We'll hike to the summit in time to first watch the sunset followed by a full moon-rise 30 minutes later in the lingering twilight.

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. CMLC is working toward the total conservation of more than 480 acres at Bearwallow Mountain.

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 at 4:30 pm. Sunset will be at 5:19 pm, moonrise will be at 5:56 pm. We will return to the trail head by 7:00 pm. Please note: because of the time of year and the nature of this hike, plan to pack a flashlight and additional clothes, blanket/sleeping bag and/or a thermos to stay warm while on the summit.

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 Trails & Outreach Associate Matt Kirk at matt@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.

Photo credit: Gale Rainwater

Photos of our hike (by our hikers):

 


This hike as been cancelled due to inclement weather.

Join Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy on Sunday, December 8th, to complete the most challenging hike of CMLC's White Squirrel Hiking Challenge 2.0: the South Mills River Loop at Turkeypen in the Pisgah National Forest.

Actively protecting both land and water in the Mills River watershed has been one of CMLC’s highest priorities since our very beginning. In 1994, John P. Humphrey donated CMLC’s first ever conservation easement on his 180 acre farm on Foster Creek, a tributary of the North Mills River and host of a rare mountain bog.

CMLC has strived to conserve land and protect water quality in the Mills River watershed ever since, completing projects that protect nearly 750 acres on portions of Seniard Creek, Queen Creek, McCall Branch and Rock Creek. CMLC also carried out easements that protect riparian buffers where the North and South Forks join to form the Mills River itself as well as the confluence of the Mills River and French Broad River. Our land protection work in the South Mills River watershed directly safeguards drinking water quality for tens of thousands of Henderson County residents.

Total hiking distance is 6.4 miles. This hike is rated as very strenuous with a total elevation gain of 1,240 feet. Attendance is free and open to the public. Please note: because of the length and difficulty of this hike, we will be starting earlier on Sunday at 11:30 am.

Participants are required to be in good physical condition and capable of completing a six mile hike over uneven, forested terrain. Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate dogs on this hike. 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/lunch 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 Trails & Outreach Associate Matt Kirk at matt@carolinamountain.org. Please allow one full business day for a response to Sign-Ups and inquiries.

Photo credit: Jeff Clark; Meanderthals
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Join CMLC for one or both of our weekday afternoon outings in November.

Florence 10K Fun Run:

On Wednesday, November 20th, we invite you to lace up your running shoes, grab a water bottle and snack and join us for a 10K trail run touring Florence Nature Preserve. With over 1000' elevation gain over 6+ miles, this remote run is recommended for experienced trail runners. We will start at 3 pm to allow over two hours of daylight to complete this loop.

Florence Turkey Trim Hike:

Note: this hike has been cancelled due to inclement weather!

On Wednesday, November 27th, for those wanting to give back to the trails on the eve of Thanksgiving, we will retrace our route through Florence Nature Preserve, but this time at a slower pace while performing light duty trail maintenance (tools provided). Hikers will be able to give thanks as they clip their way down the trail. We will start at noon to allow five hours of daylight to complete this loop.

Both outings are free and open to the public. If interested in one or both of these outings, please use the sign up form link below. Additional details will be sent by email to those who sign up.

CMLC's Online Outing Sign-Up Form

For questions, contact CMLC Trails & Outreach Associate Matt Kirk at matt@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 before heading out as we may have to cancel the outing.

CMLC conserves land and water resources to benefit the quality of life of residents and visitors in Henderson, Transylvania, and surrounding counties. Since 1994, the land trust has protected more than 24,000 acres of natural lands in our mountains.

 


Alexanders Ford, a naturally and culturally significant property in Polk County, was forever protected by a CMLC conservation easement in 2011. It was purchased by Polk County and opened to the public as the Bradley Nature Preserve at Alexander's Ford, a park for visitors to enjoy its biological treasures and timeless history. The property hosts almost two miles of the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail, the route followed by a Patriot militia during the Revolutionary War en route to the Battle at Kings Mountain. The militia defeated the British a few days after marching through the property and camping on site at the banks of the Green River. Thomas Jefferson later referred to the battle as the "turning point of the American Revolution".

Join CMLC on Saturday, November 16th @ 10:00am for a hike through the Bradley Nature Preserve at Alexander's Ford along the original path marched by the Overmountain Men in 1780. During the hike, hear stories and history as we take a leisurely out-and-back hike to the Green River. Total hiking distance is 2.5 miles. Hiking time will be approximately three hours; this does not include travel time to the hike itself.

This hike is rated EASY to MODERATE as it has a total elevation gain and loss of 200 feet over its distance of 2.5 miles. Participants are required to be in reasonable physical condition and capable of completing a two and a half mile hike over uneven, forested terrain. Children of all ages are welcome on this hike. Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate dogs at this time. 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 to eat during the hike. Note that this hike has no restroom facilities.

Space is limited on our hikes, so please reserve your spot today by using CMLC's Online Hike Sign-Up Form. Hike meeting locations and additional details will be sent upon confirmation of your spot on the hike within 1-2 days business days after requesting a spot. This hike can accomodate 40 hikers. 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, contact CMLC Outreach Associate Matt Kirk at matt@carolinamountain.org. Please allow one full business day for a response to Hike Sign-Ups and hike inquiries.

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Hike with CMLC this Sunday afternoon, October 20th, on a guided hike to scenic Cedar Rock in DuPont State Recreational Forest. The summit of Cedar Rock features exposed rockfaces that enable dramatic, long-range vistas of fall foliage and the surrounding mountains, including several other CMLC-conserved locales.

DuPont State Forest is a woodland wonderland filled with spectacular waterfalls, scenic granite domes, and wild backcountry. DuPont has long represented a landmark achievement for land conservation in the region. Beginning in the 1990s, local environmental groups, including CMLC, helped acquire its nearly 10,500 acres of natural lands for public ownership. Much of it, including its plethora of waterfalls, was nearly lost to development when it was sold for the construction of a private housing community. Now preserved, the Forest is now a mecca for hikers, cyclists, hunters, and waterfall lovers.

Today, much of CMLC’s land conservation efforts focus on conserving lands that buffer DuPont Forest, as well as working with government agencies and funders to add more protected lands to the Forest. Last summer, CMLC facilitated an addition of 65 acres of public lands to DuPont.

Total hiking distance is 3.0 miles. This hike is rated as moderate difficulty with a total elevation gain of 600 feet. Attendance is free and open to the public. This hike is also part of CMLC’s White Squirrel Hiking Challenge 2.0, a program that challenges hikers to take eight hikes on lands conserved by CMLC. Completers of the Challenge earn the famous White Squirrel Patch and free hiking gear from Mast General Store.

This is a Sunday afternoon hike that will begin at 12:00pm. The hike will take approximately 2 to 3 hours to complete. Meeting locations and further details will be sent upon making a hike reservation (see below).

Participants are required to be in reasonable physical condition and capable of completing a five mile hike over uneven, forested terrain. Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate dogs 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.

This hike is open to the public as well as CMLC members. Space is limited on our hikes, so please reserve your spot today by using CMLC's Online Hike Sign-Up Form. Hike meeting locations and additional details will be sent upon confirmation of your spot on the hike within 1-2 days business days after requesting a spot.

CMLC's Online Hike Sign-Up Form

For questions, contact CMLC Trails & Outreach Associate Matt Kirk at matt@carolinamountain.org. Please allow one full business day for a response to Hike Sign-Ups and hike inquiries.

CMLC conserves land and water resources to benefit the quality of life of residents and visitors in Henderson, Transylvania, and surrounding counties. Since 1994, the land trust has protected more than 24,000 acres of natural lands in our mountains.


CMLC on Saturday, September 14th for a guided hike at CMLC-conserved The Cabin Ridge. Get a sneak peak at the location of our 13th annual Conservation Celebration—to be held Saturday, September 28th—at one of CMLC's most picturesque conservation projects. 

Hikers will trek an out-and-back route from The Cabin Ridge on the shoulder of Sugarloaf Mountain to reach scenic landmarks including Little Sunset Rock, Sunset Rock, and Cloven Cliffs.

The hike also includes a historic cave known locally as “The Devils Chimney.” The cave is the location where British loyalist Major William Mills hid in exile following the Revolutionary War. Following his emergence from the cave, Mills became one of Henderson County’s first permanent white settlers.

CMLC protected 60 acres at The Cabin Ridge through a donated conservation easement in 2011. “I have a vision that my sons, my grandson, and maybe my great grandsons and granddaughters will be able to come and walk on this land,” said landowner Andrea Owensby. Owensby’s grandfather purchased land on the side of Sugarloaf Mountain by working for five cents an hour constructing rock stairs during the early days of Chimney Rock State Park. The Cabin Ridge, as he called it, is where he raised his children and where Owensby spent much of her own childhood.

In addition to its close proximity to Chimney Rock State Park, nearly all of Owensby's Cabin Ridge property falls within the Cloven Cliffs Significant Natural Heritage Area. The scenic property is highly visible from eastern parts of Henderson County.

This hike is rated as very strenuous due to steep sections of trail. Round trip distance is 3.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,000 feet. This trail and its destinations are on private property and not otherwise accessible to the public.

Participants are required to be in reasonable physical condition and capable of completing a four mile hike over uneven, steep forested terrain. We cannot accommodate dogs 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, and 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. Trekking poles or a walking stick are strongly recommended on this hike due to steep, slippery sections of trail.

Space is limited on our hikes, so please reserve your spot today by using CMLC's Online Hike Sign-Up Form. Hike meeting locations and additional details will be sent upon confirmation of your spot on the hike within 1-2 days business days after requesting a spot. This hike can accomodate 20 hikers. 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, contact CMLC Trails & Outreach Coordinator Peter Barr at peter@carolinamountain.org. Please allow one full business day for a response to Hike Sign-Ups and hike inquiries.

CMLC conserves land and water resources to benefit the quality of life of residents and visitors in Henderson, Transylvania, and surrounding counties. Since 1994, the land trust has protected more than 24,000 acres of natural lands in our mountains.


Bring your dog along for a hike this August as we explore trails in CMLC-conserved DuPont State Recreational Forest (DRSF). CMLC hikes typically cannot accommodate our four-legged friends, so take this opportunity to get your pup outside on our protected lands!

This 3.5 mile loop hike features 350 feet of elevation gain. It is rated as moderate in difficulty. The route incorporates several of DRSF's trails to form a loop beginning and ending at Guion Farm off of Sky Valley Road.

DuPont State Recreational Forest is a 10,400 acre woodland wonderland bursting at its seams with spectacular waterfalls, scenic granite domes, and wild backcountry. An outdoor enthusiast’s paradise, it offers nearly 90 miles of hiking and mountain biking trails to explore its charming beauty. Rolling hills tucked between high mountains peaks host the headwaters of the Little River and six of western North Carolina’s most visually stunning waterfalls.

CMLC's protection of DuPont began with its involvement in a local grassroots effort that led to the conservation and facilitation of public-ownership of the land that became the state recreational forest in the 1990s. Since then, CMLC has buffered the Forest and expanded its conservation corridor with thousands of acres of private conservation easements directly adjacent to its boundaries, as well as facilitated the addition of several hundred acres to DuPont SRF itself.

Hiking participants (and dogs) are required to be in reasonable physical condition and capable of completing a four mile hike over uneven, forested terrain. Fortunately, we CAN accommodate dogs 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 (and dogs) who attend are required to participate in the entire duration of the hike. 

Space is limited on this hike, so please reserve your spot today by using CMLC's Online Hike Sign-Up Form. Hike meeting locations and additional details will be sent upon confirmation of your spot on the hike within 1-2 days business days after requesting a spot. This hike can accommodate 20 hikers (and their dogs). 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, contact CMLC Trails & Outreach Coordinator Peter Barr at peter@carolinamountain.org. Please allow one full business day for a response to Hike Sign-Ups and hike inquiries.

CMLC conserves land and water resources to benefit the quality of life of residents and visitors in Henderson, Transylvania, and surrounding counties. Since 1994, the land trust has protected more than 24,000 acres of natural lands in our mountains. 


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