News & Events: Hikes And Outings

Join CMLC for a special public hike to the Johnson Branch property on Saturday, April 28th. Permanently protected in December 2009, Johnson Branch has over 8,600 feet of streams and is an integral part of the French Broad River watershed. On our hike, we will follow Morgan and Betty Jones' preexisting trail system along these tributaries to see cascading waterfalls and sprouting wildflowers. Further highlights include an awe-inspiring vista and a newly constructed trail that eases the severity of our route. Hike leader Betty Jones has catalogued hundreds of species on her land, and will make for an excellent guide. This is a strenuous 2.5-mile loop trail with an elevation change of 700 ft. Hikers must be in good physical condition. Proper hiking gear and poles are highly recommended. Join us for a special hiking opportunity otherwise inaccesible to the public. Email or call (828) 697-5777 x211 to reserve your spot today!

Explore the beautiful woods of Sylvan Habitat, a conservation-based development near Dupont State Forest. Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy invites you on a free, guided hike in a scenic forest near Brevard. Sylvan Habitat has striven to “create a community that minimizes impact while maximizing access to outdoor recreation.” We will traverse parts of the 200+ acres that CMLC has worked to protect since 2001. This 2-3 hour moderate hike will be about 3 miles in length. To sign up, email or call (828)697-5777x211 now!



Join CMLC for a member's-only hike led by CMLC trustee Diana Richards and CMLC Trails & Outreach Coordinator Peter Barr to Pool Creek Falls at Worlds Edge in Hickory Nut Gorge. This 2.25 mile hike on the slopes of Sugarloaf Mountain is highlighted by Pool Creek Falls, where we will stop to eat lunch and enjoy the scenery. This hike is not on maintained trails and features two very difficult stream crossings. Hikers will also be forced to navigate several downed trees, so this hike is recommended for experienced hikers only. The group is limited to 15 attendees, so sign up now to experience this otherwise inaccesible portion of the Worlds Edge tract!

To sign up, please email or call (828)697-5777 ext. 211. We hope to see you out on the trail!

Enjoy the beautiful scenery of CMLC’s own Florence Nature Preserve, including rock outcrops, unusual plant communities, and a rushing stream that traverses the 600-acre property on the slopes of Little Pisgah Mountain. The Preserve was donated to CMLC by Dr. and Mrs. Thomas Florence as a means of protecting its unique natural heritage qualities for future generations.

This will be a moderately strenuous 4-mile hike from our new entrance point on US-74, much of it along a beautiful mountain stream. There is a rather steep climb early and another steep climb just before our lunch spot at a rock formation with a good view of Hickory Nut Gorge. Areas of interest include an old foundation on a spur of the Buncombe Turnpike, rhododendron grove, Southern Appalachian forest, chestnut trees, and a rock overlook. Long pants, waterproof boots and a hiking stick are recommended, in addition to the usual water and snacks or lunch. Please, do not bring dogs on this hike. The hike will last about 3 hours.

To sign up, please email or call (828)697-5777x211


Join Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy for an extremely strenuous 3-mile hike on the East Fork Headwaters section of the Foothills Trail. This is a CMLC Hiking Challenge Hike. The hike is an out and back involving roughly 1,200 feet of elevation gain. This hike is recommended for experienced hikers only, and attendees are advised to wear proper hiking gear. CMLC began conservation efforts on the East Fork Headwaters in 2010, and the land we will be hiking on is the first section of conserved land in the area. CMLC Land Protection Director Tom Fanslow will be along to answer questions about this keystone property. If you’re up to the challenge, please join us!

Space is limited, so email or call (828)697-5777x211 to reserve your spot today! Children 12 and over are welcome to join our hikes. We unfortunately cannot accomodate dogs at this time.

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