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Western North Carolina Chapter

Western North Carolina

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Friday, April 20, 2018

South Mountain State Park Wildflower Hike

(9:00 AM - 2:00PM)

We will meet at 9:00 and hike the High Shoals Falls Loop Trail. The trail crosses the Jacob Fork River and reaches the High Shoals Waterfall one mile from the parking lot. The trail continues up steep steps and crosses the river again above the waterfall. Turn right at trail intersections and return to the parking lot via the “backside” of the loop. The trail is a 2.7 mile loop and is rated strenuous. Please wear sturdy shoes and pack plenty of water and a lunch.

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Thursday, May 17, 2018

RATTLESNAKE LODGE WILDFLOWER HIKE

(9:00 AM - 2:00PM)

We will meet at 9:00 and quickly run a shuttle to the other end of our hike. The hike will be fairly moderate. We will hike about .5 miles up to the ridge and then follow the Mountain-to-the-Sea trail southward towards Bull Gap and the shuttle car at Ox Creek Road for a total of about 3 miles. Please wear sturdy shoes and bring plenty of water and snacks.

 

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Thursday, May 31, 2018

ROCKY FACE RECREATION AREA WILDFLOWER HIKE

(9:00AM - 2:00PM)

We will meet in the parking area at 9:00. We will hike approximately 3-3.5 miles – mostly the Hollow Rock Trail. Please not that all the trails at Rocky Face are strenuous. Please wear sturdy shoes and bring plenty of water and food. We will eat lunch at the top and enjoy the beautiful view before looping around and heading back down.

 

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Monday, June 11, 2018

FERNS! JOYCE KILMER MEMORIAL FOREST

(10:00AM - 2:00PM)

We will meet at 10:00 at the parking area for the Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest Loop Trail. We will focus on the many fern species that are along the trail and learn about key features that will help with fern identification. The U.S. Forest Service describes the trail “as a figure eight pattern. On the lower slopes it traverses through an acidic cove forest dominated by tulip poplar (Liriodendron tulipifera), black birch (Betula lenta), yellow buckeye (Aesculus flava), and sadly dead eastern hemlock (Tsuga canadensis). The upper slopes along the trail support a rich cove forest dominated by tulip poplar, yellow buckeye, basswood (Tilia americana var. heterophylla), red oak (Quercus rubra), silverbell (Halesia tetraptera), and cucumber-tree (Magnolia acuminata).”
Please dress appropriately and bring plenty of water to drink. After the hike we can have lunch in the picnic area and possibly explore another trail if people feel up to it!

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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

CRAGGY GARDENS WILDFLOWER HIKE

(9:00AM - 3:00PM)

We will start at the Craggy Gardens picnic area and follow the Mountain-to-the-Sea Trail to where it crosses the BRP near the Graybeard Mt. Overlook.  This will be about a 3 mile hike. At the end of the hike we can do an optional and short hike, 1.4-mile roundtrip, to the top of the 5,892-foot summit Craggy Pinnacle at Craggy Gardens. At the top is a spectacular 360-degree view of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Please wear sturdy shoes, bring raingear, plenty of water, and snacks.

 

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Monday, August 06, 2018

FRYING PAN GAP TRAIL WILDFLOWER HIKE

(9:00AM - 2:00PM)

We will meet at 9:00 at milepost 408 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. There is a grassy area for cars to park. But be careful and do not block the gate. The hike is along an old gravel road and gradually climbs to an old fire tower. The hike is moderate and about 1.5 miles roundtrip. The view is spectacular and there are several other side trails to explore! Please wear sturdy shoes and bring plenty of water and snacks.

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Friday, September 14, 2018

IVESTOR GAP TRAIL WILDFLOWER HIKE

(8:00AM - 3:00PM)

“Hike this double-summit, ultra-scenic five-mile loop on the Art Loeb and Ivestor Gap trails, summiting Black Balsam Knob and Tennent Mountain. It’s a sun-drenched, blueberry and blackberry-filled adventure over two bald mountains to some incredible views.”  The 5.1 mile roundtrip hike is rated moderate. Weather can change quickly especially at these elevations so come prepared and bring plenty of water and food. After the hike we can visit the hanging bog at Wolf Mt. overlook along the BRP.

 

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