Conserving Carolina Invites Community to Join Fall Hike Series

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The Carolina Conservation Fall Hike Series begins Sept. 30, and the group invites the community to enjoy the work conservation organizations have done over the years to protect the area’s natural resources.

These special places not only provide important habitat for native flora and fauna, but they also provide the public with recreational opportunities such as walking, hiking, mountain biking, bird watching, botany, solitude and more so, according to Conserving Carolina.

This series will offer the opportunity to take advantage of the fall season by attending five guided hikes, four taking place every other Friday and the last hike on the last Saturday before Thanksgiving.

Beginning Friday, September 30, the first trek will head to Mount Mitchell State Park for a moderate 6-mile loop hike offering great views of the surrounding mountains from the highest point east of the river. Mississippi.

The next hike on Friday, October 14 will be in the Pisgah National Forest (Pisgah Ranger District), a moderate 6.5 mile loop hike to the peaks of Grassy Cove Top, Tennent Mountain and Black Balsam Knob for scenic views in early fall.

On Friday, October 28, hikers head to Fork Ridge Overlook along the Blue Ridge Parkway for a moderate 6 mile round trip hike to Waterrock Knob and Browning Knob. The hike has some small water crossings and scenic views.

On Friday, Nov. 11, the group will head to Hickory Nut Gorge for a moderate 5.6-mile round-trip hike along Conserving Carolina’s newest trail, Strawberry Gap. This hike will take participants past Ferguson Peak and up Blue Ridge Pastures, offering views of the Hickory Nut Gorge.

The final ride will be on Saturday November 19th and will be a moderate loop ride of approximately 6 miles at Walnut Creek Preserve, a 2,100 acre private equestrian conservation community located near Lake Lure. Participants will enjoy a hike through mature forest to Walnut Creek Falls and grassy hills that offer views of the surrounding mountains. The reserve is private land and the public is only allowed on the property by invitation.

Anyone interested in attending Conserving Carolina’s Fall Hike Series can visit the “calendar” of events on the Conserving Carolina website, conservingcarolina.org/calendar/. Places are limited and pre-registration is required.

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