Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy
Protecting the World's Oldest Mountains

Upcoming Events and Guided Group Hikes

Hikes are FREE to SAHC Members; $10.00 non-members, unless otherwise noted. (Hikes on public lands are free for all participants; see individual hike descriptions.) Registration is required. For directions, additional information, or registration, please contact Haley Smith at haley@appalachian.org or call 828.253.0095 ext. 205.


"For Love of Beer and Mountains" - Clawhammer Oktoberfest Release Party
Highland Brewing Company, Asheville, NC
Date: Friday, August 5th
Time: 4 - 9 pm

Come celebrate the release of the seasonal Clawhammer Oktoberfest Lager, named for Clawhammer Mountain, and enjoy free live music from 7 to 9 pm at this family-friendly event.

Highland will donate $1.00 per pour from the beer sales of the evening to SAHC, to support conservation of unique mountains, streams, and farms across our region. Invite your friends, and raise a pint "for love of beer & mountains"!


Salamander Night Hike
Rocky Fork State Park, Flag Pond, TN
Date: Saturday, August 20
Start Time: 8 pm

Difficulty: Moderate (4-5)

Leaders: Marquette Crockett, SAHC Roan Stewardship Director; Staff from Rocky Form State Park

Cost: TBA

Registration: Please contact Cheryl Fowler to register (contact info below)

Come out and join the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy for a guided night hike in Rocky Fork State Park near Flag Pond, TN. We will creep and crawl through the forest in search of salamanders and other night creatures in one of the most diverse areas for amphibians in the world! The hiking will be limited to less than 2 miles, but will include lots of climbing and crawling as we search for our slimy friends. In addition to field and rain gear, participants should bring a headlamp!

SAHC members can register for this hike now. Open registration will begin on August 8th. To register, email cheryl@appalachian.org or call (828) 253-0095, x209.


Community Farm Workshop: Cattle Talk 2 - Handling and the Bud Box System
SAHC Community Farm, Alexander, NC
Date: Thursday, August 25
Time: 3 - 5 pm

Save the Date! Details TBA


Community Farm Workshop: Feral Hog Management for Landowners
SAHC Community Farm, Alexander, NC
Date: Tuesday, August 30
Time: 1 - 4 pm (Rain or Shine)
Cost: Free, but please RSVP

Feral swine are a non-native invasive species capable of damaging a variety of resources; including: agriculture, natural resources, property, and pose disease threats to humans, pets, livestock, and wildlife species.  Nationwide populations currently are estimated at 6 million feral swine, in 35 states and, locally, are found in all three geographical regions of North Carolina.  In order to manage, reduce, or eliminate populations, a variety of techniques may be utilized to remove feral swine from the landscape.  USDA APHIS Wildlife Services will demonstrate equipment and techniques that may be used for the mitigation of feral swine damage and populations.

Registration is now open!
RSVP
required to Chris Link at Chris@appalachian.org or call 828-253-0095 ext. 203.


Community Farm Workshop: Forage Management
SAHC Community Farm, Alexander, NC
Date: August, Date TBD

Save the Date! Details TBA


Community Farm Workshop: Farm Safety - Tractors, Skin Cancer, Pesticides and Sprayer Calibrations
SAHC Community Farm, Alexander, NC
Date: Thursday, September 8

Save the Date! Details TBA


"For Love of Beer and Moutains" Clawhammer Partnership Hike
Pisgah National Forest, Brevard, NC
Date: Saturday, October 1
Start Time: 10 am

Difficulty: Very Strenuous (10+)

Leaders: Haley Smith, SAHC AmeriCorps Outreach Associate; Drew Stevenson
of Highland Brewing Company
Cost: Free
for SAHC members; $10 for non-members
Registration: Please contact Haley Smith to register (contact info below)

Come celebrate “For Love of Beer & Mountains” with the release of the seasonal Clawhammer Oktoberfest, named for Clawhammer Mountain! The hike to Clawhammer Mountain will be a long and strenuous 10+ mile trip along multi-use trails that traverse mountain bike, equestrian, and hiking trails as well as forest service roads. We will follow the trails up a steep climb along a creek, through wildflower patches, and through a rich cove forest. From Clawhammer Cove to the summit of Clawhammer Mountain, we will climb close to 1,500 feet finishing at 4,072 feet in elevation. The cliff-top view at the summit offers scenic views of the Blue Ridge Parkway and Looking Glass in Pisgah National Forest. There are a couple single log bridges, muddy areas, rocky and steep inclines and a chance of yellow jackets; SAHC wants to provide a fun and safe trip so please be aware of these conditions.

This hike is free but pre-registration is required. To Register, please email haley@appalachian.org or call 828.253.0095 ext. 205.

This hike is offered as part of our "For Love of Beer & Mountains" partnership with Highland Brewing Company in Asheville, NC. Highland Brewing Company has partnered with the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy to support conservation efforts and heighten awareness of the unique (and often fragile) natural treasures of the Southern Appalachians.


Community Farm Workshop: Mobile Walk-in Cooler Design/Build 1
SAHC Community Farm, Alexander, NC
Date: Sunday, October 9

Save the Date! Details TBA


Community Farm Workshop: Mobile Walk-in Cooler Design/Build 2
SAHC Community Farm, Alexander, NC
Date: Sunday, October 23

Save the Date! Details TBA


Community Farm Workshop: Whole farm planning - Base mapping, site analysis and schematic design
SAHC Community Farm, Alexander, NC
Date: Sunday, November 13
Time: 2 - 6 pm

Save the Date! Details TBA


Gray's Lily Leadership Circle Event
SAHC Community Farm, Alexander, NC
Date: Sunday, October 2
Time: 2 - 6 pm

Save the Date! Details TBA


bookwalterBookwalter Binge Gran Fondo 2016
Black Mountain, NC
Date: Saturday, October 29

The BB Charity Gran Fondo is a bike ride in which cyclists ride a challenging 30, 62, or 83 mile course. The ride begins and ends at Pisgah Brewing in Black Mountain, NC. The courses are marked, and follow cars are on route. There are four aid stations in the 83 mile route, 3 in the 62 mile route, and two in the 30 mile route. There are timed mountain climbing sections for those who wish to compete during the ride. The aid stations are staffed by volunteers handing out snacks, sports drinks, and water, and some stations have bike mechanics. There is a rolling road block for the first 5 miles, and intersections that are particularly dangerous have crossing guards. Participants are able to enjoy the colorful fall foliage and experience the hospitality and charm of Black Mountain and Asheville. Participants ride and converse with past, present, and future cycling celebrities, who join the ride as guides and guests.

For the second year in a row, proceeds from the Binge will support SAHC! Register to ride here, or sign up to become a volunteer.

For questions, directions and registration for hikes or events, contact
Haley Smith,
haley@appalachian.org or 828-253-0095 ex. 205.

Hike Key Note: Hikes are rated 1-10 (greater than 10 for extremely difficult hikes). A rating of 5 is considered moderate, 10 difficult, and 1 extremely easy. We come up with this number by putting the hike elevation change and mileage to this formula: (0.002 x elevation gain (ft.)) + Round trip distance (miles) = Difficulty rating (1-10).

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Upcoming events

"For Love of Beer & Mountains" Clawhammer Oktoberfest Release Party
Highland Brewing Company
Saturday, August 5

Salamander Night Hike
Rocky Fork State Park, TN
Saturday, August 20

Community Farm Workshop: Cattle Talk 2
SAHC Community Farm
Thursday, August 25

Community Farm Workshop: Feral Hog Management
SAHC Community Farm
Tuesday, August 30

Community Farm Workshop: Forage Management
SAHC Community Farm
August TBD

Community Farm Workshop: Farm Safety
SAHC Community Farm
Thursday, September 8

"For Love of Beer & Mountains" Clawhammer Hike
Pisgah National Forest, NC
Saturday, October 1

Community Farm Workshop: Mobile Walk-In Cooler Design/Build 1
SAHC Community Farm
Sunday, October 9

Community Farm Workshop: Mobile Walk-In Cooler Design/Build 2
SAHC Community Farm
Sunday, October 23

Community Farm Workshop: Whole Farm Planning
SAHC Community Farm
Thursday, November 13

Gray's Lily Leadership Circle Reception
SAHC Community Farm
Sunday, October 2

Bookwalter Binge Charity Gran Fondo
Black Mountain, NC
Saturday, October 29

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