PAC’s first fall hike to Pisgah Sept. 21

Published 4:43 pm Friday, September 14, 2012

PAC hikers at Montreat Wilderness Area, the lookout on Lookout Rock, in October 2011. Left to right: Carolyn Parker, Mark McCall, Carol McCall, Patsy Panther, Barbara Hall, Peggy Burke, Ann DuPre, Beatriz Estape, Lois Torlina and Mary Savard. (photo by Pam Torlina)

Join the Pacolet Area Conservancy (PAC) on Friday, Sept. 21 for a 4-mile, moderate hike at Pisgah National Forest, the first hike of PAC’s Fall Hiking Series. PAC Land Protection Specialist Pam Torlina will lead hikers on the Daniel Ridge Loop.
The trail begins by following the Davidson River for approximately half a mile, then leaves the river and follows Lanning Branch as hikers begin a moderate ascent for almost 1 mile.  The reward for the ascent is beautiful views of Pilot Mountain. After descending, hikers will be lead to the base of a 90-foot waterfall.
If you are interested in attending the PAC hike at Pisgah National Forest, contact the PAC office to sign up by phone at 828-859-5060 or by email at
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. Hikers should be prepared to return to the area by 3 p.m. at the latest. 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.
Hikers will meet at the Columbus Bi-Lo at 8:30 a.m. to start the approximately one-hour drive to the trailhead, just past the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education and Fish Hatchery.
Visit or go to PAC’s Facebook page for information on upcoming hikes. The next hike is scheduled for Oct. 5 at the new Saluda Mountains Passage of the Palmetto Trail.
– article submitted
by Pam Torlina

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