Conserving Carolina’s Fall Hiking series begins Sept. 28

Published 8:00 am Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Conserving Carolina’s fall hiking series will begin later this month, on Friday, Sept. 28.

The first trek will head to Pisgah National Forest (Pisgah Ranger District) for a hike along Black Balsam Knob. The 3.9- mile, moderate, loop hike will lead the group to the summit of Black Balsam and Tennent Mountains for scenic views and the onset of autumn.

On Friday, Oct. 12, the hike will take place in the Appalachian Ranger District of Pisgah National Forest, to Rich Mountain (3,643 foot elevation). This 5-mile, moderate, out and back will allow hikers the opportunity to climb the newly renovated fire tower to enjoy views of the surrounding mountains.

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On Friday, Oct. 26, hikers head to Panthertown Valley in Nantahala National Forest. The 5.6-mile, moderate, loop hike will lead the group to Schoolhouse and Greenland Creek Falls and to the top of Little Green Mountain for views of the surrounding mountains.

Finally, on Friday, Nov. 9, the group will head to South Mountains State Park for a 6.4-mile, moderate, loop (lollipop) hike. The trail will lead the group to the top of a dry mountain ridge for views, then descend to Shinny Creek and back to the start.

For more information, people may contact Pam Torlina at 828-697-5777, ext. 300, or email

– Submitted by Pam Torlina