PAC hike to Green River Game Lands

Published 5:27 pm Friday, April 6, 2012

PAC hikers (from left to right) Ford Smith, Lois Torlina, Mara Smith, Barbara Hall, Rolfe Wardner (with Lucy the dog), Carolyn Parker, Patsy Panther, Lynne Parsons, Marie King, Steve King and Kathy Gross at the Green River Game Lands on April 8, 2011. (photo by Pam Torlina)

Hikers are invited to join the Pacolet Area Conservancy (PAC) Friday, April 13 for the final Friday hike of PAC’s spring hiking series (there’s still one Saturday hike left in the series). Hikers will enjoy an approximately 6-mile, moderate to strenuous loop trail in the Green River Game Lands.
The trail starts at the Green River and ascends approximately 1,000 feet, eventually paralleling Stair Step Creek. Then the trail levels out, following the ridgeline, and gradually descends as it loops around to Stair Step Falls, and back to the starting point.
The trails the hike will follow wind through the mountainous terrain, often along some of the numerous creeks flowing to the Green River. With spring afoot in the Green River Gorge, hikers will have the opportunity to see many spring wildflowers and hear newly arriving songbirds.
If you are interested in attending the PAC hike to the Green River Game Lands, please contact the PAC office to sign up by phone at 828-859-5060 or e-mail Hikers will meet at the Columbus BiLo Friday morning at 8:30 a.m. to carpool and start the journey to the game lands. Hikers should expect to return to the Columbus area no later than 3 p.m.; however, return time varies depending on the number of hikers and the varying pace of the hikers.
Hikers should wear appropriate clothing and footwear; bring a bag lunch and/or snack and plenty of water. Be sure to bring any personal medication you may require. In case of inclement weather, please contact the PAC office by 8:15 a.m. on the day of the hike to see if the hike will take place.
If you cannot make this hike but would like to attend other hikes, visit or go to PACs Facebook page for updates.
The final hike is scheduled for Saturday, April 21 at the PAC-owned Norman Wilder Forest.
– article submitted by Pam Torlina

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