Hike with Conserving Carolina at Headwaters State Forest

Published 10:24 pm Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Join Conserving Carolina on Friday, October 25, for a 5.2-mile, strenuous, out and back hike to Bursted Rock at Headwaters State Forest. Conserving Carolina’s southeast stewardship manager, Pam Torlina, will lead the hike.


Following the Gum Gap Trail to a spur of the Foothills Trail, hikers will enjoy spectacular views from the Blue Ridge Escarpment, including a view of the north side of Table Rock Mountain in South Carolina.

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Headwaters State Forest is one of North Carolina’s newest state forests and protects the East Fork of the French Broad River, numerous waterfalls, 25 miles of trout streams, mountain bogs hosting rare species and more than 9 miles of the venerable Foothills Trail.

If you are interested in attending the hike on October 25, meet at the east end of the Food Lion shopping center in Columbus at 8:30 a.m. to check in, arrange carpooling and start the approximately 1 hour drive to the parking area. If you’re coming from an area closer to the trailhead, please contact Pam Torlina to make other meeting arrangements. Hikers should be prepared to return to the area in early to mid-afternoon.

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. 

Conserving Carolina, your local land trust, is dedicated to protecting and stewarding land and water resources vital to our natural heritage and quality of life and to fostering appreciation and understanding of the natural world. For more info visit, www.conservingcarolina.org.

Submitted by Pam Torlina

A view of Table Rock Mountain from Bursted Rock