Hike at PAC-Protected Walnut Creek Preserve

Published 9:14 am Thursday, November 8, 2012

PAC hikers, left to right, Peggy Burke, Anne Hodge, Liz Dicey, David McCullough, Mary Savard, Lois Torlina, Mark McCall, Don Clapp and Carol McCall, on the Nov. 2 hike to John Rock at Pisgah National Forest. Not pictured, Adel and Buck, rescue dogs from Foothills Humane Society. (photo submitted by Pam Torlina)

Outdoor enthusiasts and hikers are invited to join the Pacolet Area Conservancy (PAC) this Friday, Nov. 16, for the last hike of PACs Fall Hiking Series.
Fall colors will provide a sensational backdrop for a moderate 4-mile hike at Walnut Creek Preserve. Babs Strickland, owner and manager of Walnut Creek Preserve, will take hikers through the preserve’s varied natural resource areas. Hikers will enjoy mountain views, both open and wooded trail sections highlighting our region’s autumn glory; and they can enjoy a respite on a rocky perch beside a waterfall for a picnic or snack. The preserve is private land and the public is only allowed on the property by invitation, so take advantage of this unique opportunity to enjoy the serenity of this beautiful property.
The 2,100-acre Walnut Creek Preserve contains 2-miles of Walnut Creek, including a waterfall and more than 25 tributaries to Walnut Creek, most of which originate on the preserve. The preserve is comprised of lush forests and pasture land and is home to a variety of indigenous plant life, including rare and threatened species, as well as a wealth of animal life. To assure the survival of these native plants and animals, the Stricklands donated a grant of Conservation Easement to the Pacolet Area Conservancy, which protects nearly 1,500 acres of the preserve in perpetuity. This Friday’s hike is a wonderful opportunity to witness firsthand how Conservation Easement agreements help protect the well- being of our rural landscape, and how thoughtful development can provide a sustainable balance for our environment. Only 25 wooded and equestrian home sites, averaging 20 acres each, will be developed on the 2,100 acres of Walnut Creek Preserve.

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