Conserving Carolina to lead hike in Pisgah National Forest March 16

Published 8:00 am Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Join Conserving Carolina on Friday, March 16, for a 4.2 mile, moderate hike in the Davidson River Area of Pisgah National Forest, along the Daniel Ridge Trail.

Conserving Carolina’s southeast stewardship manager, Pam Torlina, will lead the hike.

The trail starts by following the Davidson River, then leaves the river and follows Lanning Branch, ascending the ridge and offering beautiful views of Pilot Mountain. After descending the opposite side of the ridge, hikers will be led to the base of the 90-foot Daniel Ridge Falls before returning to the starting point.

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If you are interested in attending the hike, meet in the parking area west of Home Trust Bank, 651 W. Mills St., Columbus at 8:30 a.m. to check in and start the approximately one-hour drive to the parking area just past the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education and Fish Hatchery. If you are coming from an area closer to the trailhead, please contact Pam Torlina to make other meeting arrangements.

For your safety, do not attempt any hike beyond your ability and experience. Hikers should wear appropriate clothing and footwear; bring a bag lunch and/or snack and plenty of water. Please be sure to bring any personal medication that you may require. 

In case of inclement weather, please contact Conserving Carolina’s Southeast (Polk County) office by 8:15 a.m. on the day of the hike and/or check the Conserving Carolina Facebook page to see if the hike will take place. 

If you are interested in attending other Conserving Carolina spring hikes and would like more information, please call the southeast (Polk County) office at 828-859-5060 or e-mail Pam Torlina at, You can also find information on Conserving Carolina’s website,, and on Conserving Carolina’s Facebook page.

– Submitted by Pam Torlina