News & Events: Upcoming Events


CMLC's Annual Holiday Party

Tuesday, December 6th, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Salon Blue Ridge
(Architectural Warehouse & Showroom)

518 S. Allen Road (off of Upward Road)
Limited space, please RSVP by Thursday, December 1st


Join CMLC for a festive evening as we wrap up a successful 2011! Attendees enjoy wine, hors d'oeuvres and live jazz guitar by Dan Keller.

This year's holiday gathering is a true FRIEND-RAISER as follows:

$25 per for CMLC members

$35 per for CMLC non-members

FREE for CMLC members that bring a non-member as guest**

**You, members of your household and your non-member guest are welcomed gratis if you will kindly encourage that your guest become acquainted with CMLC's mission to conserve a regional network of locally and nationally significant farm, forest, park and natural lands. How can you know if your guest is a non-member? Simply ask! Email Kristin Harkey at

To sign up for this year's friendraiser, click here!

Join CMLC atop the scenic summit of Bearwallow Mountain to celebrate conservation successes in the Hickory Nut Gorge and the opening of our new Bearwallow hiking trail with food, fun, and fall foliage!  Admission is free! RSVP today to join us!

 How to Get to the Top of the Mountain

Click here to enter your address and receive turn-by-turn directions to the trailhead. GPS users may enter N35.4607, W-82.3681 in their units. The trailhead is at the crest of Bearwallow Mountain Rd. where the pavement turns to gravel. Signs will direct you to a parking area set up at the Grand Highlands at Bearwallow Mountain. From there, volunteers will help shuttle you to the start of the trail.
Once inside the gate, locate the trail to the right of the gravel road.  The path switchbacks up the mountain slopes to arrive at the grassy meadow summit in one mile.   Alternatively, hike up the gravel access road to reach the summit in 0.75 miles. Or consider using this road for your descent after the event, making a loop hike.

When To Come

Bearwallow Oktoberfest begins at 4:00pm, so consider beginning your hike to the summit in advance to allow plenty of time to reach the top.
A CMLC guided hike will begin from the trailhead at 3:30 or 4:15pm if you wish to walk to the top with a group.
The celebration goes until 7:00pm, when the sun is due to set (bring a headlamp for the walk down).

What You Should Bring

-A picnic blanket and/or a camp chair (chairs can be shuttled to the top by our vehicle while you hike)
-Wear boots or sturdy shoes due to the steep terrain of the trail
-Consider layers of clothing for the changing temperatures at the top of the mountain as the sun goes down
-A headlamp or flashlight to walk down in the dark if you choose to stay at the summit for the sunset

Raffle for Free Outdoor Gear! 

Enter our raffle to win a REI Half Dome 2 tent ($179.00 retail value) or a mountain bike from Bikeways!  Raffle tickets are $5 each or 10 for $20.

This is a Free Event, but RSVP to Let Us Know You're Coming

Click here to RSVP to the Bearwallow Oktoberfest event on Saturday October 15, 2011 *Rain Date: Sunday October 16th same time, same place!


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